|ROLAND MERULLO (AMANDA S. MERULLO)|
Breakfast With Buddha
By Roland Merullo
Enlightenment meets "On the Road" in this witty, insightful novel (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $23.95).
American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill
By Anne Sebba
A sympathetic portrait of the American socialite who became Winston Churchill's mother (Norton, $26.95).
Modernism: The Lure of Heresy, From Baudelaire to Beckett and Beyond
By Peter Gay
A wide-ranging, ambitious history of the movement that attacked convention in the arts (Norton, $35).
A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
By John Richardson
From the venerable critic, a deft weaving of art analysis into the sexually charged saga of a brilliantly creative life (Knopf, $40).
A Free Life
By Ha Jin
In this generous, leisurely tale, Jin explores a Chinese immigrant's first 12 years in America (Pantheon, $26).
Selected from books recently reviewed in the Globe.