By Rachel Cusk
A set of interrelated, perceptive short fictions, from the author of the Whitbread-winning novel ''Saving Agnes" (Fourth Estate, $24.95).
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
By Lynne Truss
With the rallying cry ''Sticklers unite!" former editor Truss reviews the finer points of punctuation (Gotham, $17.50).
By Chris Abani
An intensely vivid portrait of Nigeria that switches deftly between rural and urban life (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24).
Audubon's Elephant: America's Greatest Naturalist and the Making of ''The Birds of America"
By Duff Hart-DavisAudubon's years as an entrepreneur in early 19th-century America and England (Holt, $27.50).
A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967
By Rachel Cohen
Cultural collisions, intriguingly viewed (Random House, $25.95).
Selected from books recently reviewed in the Globe.