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THREE JUNES Julia Glass (Anchor, $14) Glass' debut novel -- a family saga set in Scotland, Greece, and New York in 1989, 1995, and 1999 -- was a surprise pick for the National Book Award. Read it this June. And the next and the next.

BIG IF Mark Costello (Harcourt, $14) As if protecting the Vice President from assassination didn't induce enough grief, Secret Service agent Vi Asplund must deal with family baggage when the Democrats decide to hold their primary in her hometown. Costello wrings a great novel out of Vi's anxiety.

STRIP CITY Lily Burana (Miramax, $13) An EW Best Book of 2001, this daring travelogue describes ''A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America.''

Originally posted Apr 25, 2003 Published in issue #706-707 Apr 25, 2003 Order article reprints