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Walking Away Heroine Of Anne Tyler’s New Novel Acts Out A Middle-Age Fantasy Of Leaving Family, Disappearing Into A New Life

Anne Tyler: Poignantly funny situations


On Stern’s Side Known For Her High Spirits As Talk Jock Howard Stern’s Partner, Robin Quivers Tells A Shocking Story About Her Life ‘

In her biography, Robin Quivers details a personal life at total odds with her professional successes.


New Encyclopedia Focuses On Information About Asian-Americans

Putting the histories of Asian-Americans, whose numbers top 7 million in this country, into six encyclopedia volumes would be daunting to anyone. “It took my breath away,” said Cal State …


In Advice World, Ivana Trump Is No Joyce Brothers Many Readers May Be Interested, But Few Will Truly Relate To New Divorce Self-Help Book, ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’

Ivana Trump’s foray into the self-help world is greeted with skepticism. Her book falls more easily into autobiography category.


Price Of Dissent Book Probes Motivations Of Hunters And Hunted During Mccarthy Era

Joseph McCarthy whipped up anti-Communist fevor during the early 1950’s.


‘Rv Recipes’ Full Of Ideas For Travelers

Do you hear that distant roar? It’s America revving up for the summer. Soon the recreational vehicles will be heading for camp grounds and national parks, along with cyclers, hikers …


Beyond The Genre Writer James W. Hall Tries To Break Stereotypical Triller Boundaries

1. James W. Hall is a Florida writer of contemporary hard-boiled fiction. Photo by John Earle. 2. (Photo of the book cover) Jame W. Hall will read from his novel …


Strings Of A Life Novelist Louise Erdrich Turns To Nonfiction Genre For A Reflection On Nature, Marriage And Motherhood

Louise Erdrich


Details Grand In Edwards’ Book

Books on fly tying and fly patterns keep rolling off publisher’s presses at a bewildering rate. Most fill a niche and most are useful to amateur and professional tiers. Huge, …


Looking Through A Window Author Gives Us The Satisfaction Of Watching Others Persevere

“Late Summer Break” by Ann B. Knox (Papier Mache, $9, 158 pages) Relationships can sometimes be loud and complicated and painful. Reading about relationships is like watching an argument through …


Club Life With Insight And Humor, Clint Mccown Uses Country Club Situations To Explore Human Foibles And Excesses

In his humor, Clint McCown is neither mean-spirited nor given to over-the-top farce.


Readers Go Back To College At Moo U. Jane Smiley Uses Her Wit And Style To Bring This Fictitious Agricultural College Experience To Her Readers.

“Moo” by Jane Smiley (Knopf, 414 pages, $24) Certain incidents of anyone’s college years merit neither recollection nor reflection, but this new exploration of academe’s gritty halls, cafeterias, classrooms, dorms, …


Idol Threat The Barrier Between Sports Superstar And Rabid Fan Is Breached In Baseball Thriller That Shuns Formulas, Cliches

In “The Fan,” Peter Abrahams teases and toys with readers like a seasoned pitcher working a batter at the plate.


Ireland At War Historical Novel About Northern Ireland Explores The Roots Of The Violence That May Now Be Coming To An End

A woman shouts at a soldier in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during a confrontation in 1989. File/The Spokesman-Review


Flawless Prose Is Lacking Luster

“All The Days And Nights: The Collected Stories” By William Maxwell (Alfred A. Knopf, $25) William Maxwell writes the sort of fiction that could be used as a textbook for …


Flight And Fall Biography Gives Startling Look Behind Facade Of Olympic Champion

“Breaking The Surface” By Greg Louganis with Eric Marcus (Random House: $23; 290 pp.) Millions of us were shocked to learn recently that Olympic diving hero Greg Louganis has AIDS …


A Sampler Of Life’s Big, Little Questions

“Just Curious” by Cullen Murphy (Houghton Mifflin, $21.95, 251 pages) One of the best places to begin reading Cullen Murphy’s “Just Curious” is at the end.


Realizing Black Heroes Newly Released Children’s Books Teach Of Strength Of Black Individuals In History

1. (Cover of “Leagues Apart”) 2. (Cover of “The Story of Ruby Bridges”)


Frank Discussions Of Sex Made Column An Early Hit

Before Oprah, before Geraldo, even before Phil and Sally Jessy - there was “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” in Ladies’ Home Journal. The column started 40 years ago, at a …


Art Of The Tale

1. (Cover of “Ancient Ones”) 2. (Cover of “The Wave of the Sea Wolf”) 3. (Cover of “The Seasons and Someone”) 4. (Cover of “The Sweet and Sour Animal Book”) …


Bad Vibrations Book Reveals The Gritty Details Of The Lives Of The Beach Boys

Brian Wilson, the principal songwriter for the Beach Boys, had little first-hand knowledge of the things he wrote about.


Writing Therapy Writing Book Helped Richardson Work Through Her Feelings After Husband’s Long, Tragic Illness

Jessica Richardson’s husband Philip became ill in 1976. She believes his illness was the result of a swine flu shot. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


Rushdie Collection Of Stories Explores East And West

“East, West” By Salman Rushdie (Pantheon, $21) East and West meet, but can they meld? Or does it become necessary, in the final analysis, to choose between them? This is …


“Feeding Winter Birds In The Pacific Northwest,” By Bob Waldon (Mountaineers-Books, $14.95).

(photo of book jacket)


Author Explores Western Mysteries

(Cover of “Field Guide to Mysterious Places of the West”)


Close To Fdr New Book Suggests Intimate Friendship Between Franklin Roosevelt And Presidential Archivist

Roosevelt speaking from the Oval Office in a radio address


Get Your Waller Without Buying The Book

1. “Border Music” is Robert Waller’s third book. 2. (Robert Waller)


Clinton Ambition Biographer Recounts The Methodical, Fateful And Perpetual Campaign That Won The Presidency

Clinton cultivated a network of friends, colleagues and supporters early in his political career


Passionless Poetry Like His Presidency, Jimmy Carter’s Poetry Is Dutiful, Well-Meaning And Devoid Of Inspiration

In his poems, Jimmy Carter plods earnestly from point A to point B.


Stand By Your Pan And Other Kitchen Puns

Diane Pfeifer dedicates “Stand by Your Pan Country Cookbook” (Strawberry Patch, Atlanta: 1994) to her husband and daughter “for enduring my endless puns,” and we soon know why; the former …