The Inner Circle
By T. C. Boyle
A monomaniacal, manipulative Alfred Kinsey is the center of a rich historical re-creation of the sex researcher's milieu (Viking, $25.95).
Heir to the Glimmering World
By Cynthia Ozick
A real-life Christopher Robin, a scholar, and a young scribe form the nucleus of Ozick's latest novel (Houghton Mifflin, $24).
Osama: The Making of a Terrorist
By Jonathan Randal
From veteran foreign correspondent Randal, an urbane, informed analysis of the evolution of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda (Knopf, $26.95).
By Lan Samantha Chang
This emotionally rich, multigenerational saga follows two sisters through the upheaval of 20th-century China (Norton, $23.95).
Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy
By Lewis H. Lapham
An eloquent jeremiad against the Bush administration (Penguin, $19.95).Selected from books recently reviewed in the Globe.