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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 …

Canadian Character With Intelligence And Wit, The Novels Of Robertson Davies Probe The Human Comedy

Robertson Davies

‘Op Center’ Lacks Good Hero

“Tom Clancy’s Op Center” By Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik Billed as “a powerful profile of America’s defense, intelligence and crisis management technology,” “Op Center” is typical Clancy - fast-paced, …

‘Fannie Farmer’ Has Junior Cookbook

For grown-ups, “The Fannie Farmer Cookbook” has been an extremely popular book for many years. For kids who like to cook, there’s now Joan Scobey’s newly updated edition of the …

‘Trek’ Actors Beam Up Their Share Of Gossip

Sulu (George Takei), left, and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), right, seem to have plenty of back-seat drivers as they pilot the shuttlecraft Copernicus in “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.”

Life’s Little Lessons

1. Everyone wants to hug, squeeze and love the baby in Trish Cooke’s “So Much.” Helen Oxenbury illistration 2. (Illustration of the book cover for “The Sugaring-Off Party.”) 3. (Illustration …

Maxwell Has Gift For Getting Stories ‘Just Right’

“All the Days and Nights: The Collected Stories of William Maxwell” By William Maxwell (Knopf, $25, 393 pp.) William Maxwell notes in the preface to this collection that when he …

From Prison To President Memoirs Tell Of Mandela’s Rise From Underground Subversive To Pinnacle Of Power In South Africa

Nelson Mandela giving a 1994 speech.

He Loved The Land New Book On Tom Mccall Tells Of The Highs And Lows Of A Governor Who Held Oregon In His Heart

1. Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon, 1966-1974. 2. Preserving the natural beauty of Oregon was foremost in McCall’s efforts. The Cascades are a prime example. Weston J. Becker/AP Photo

A Spy Revealed Psychobiography Of Spymaster Allen Dulles An Intriguing Portrait Of A Conflicted Man

Allen Dulles in a 1954 photo.

One Version Of The Truth Tobias Wolff Flagellates Himself And Many Other Things In His Memoir Of Vietnam

Tobias Wolff: In a battle with inner demons. Photo by Jerry Bauer

Profound Disillusionment Memoir Explores Not The Horrors Of The Vietnam War But The Changes Of Character It Brought About

Vietnamese farmers work in a rice field in 1968 as an armored convoy of American troops passes by. File/The Spokesman-Review

Catalog To Shape Your Environment Whole Earth Catalog’s 6th Edition Is Packed With Information

“The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools and Ideas for the Twenty-First Century,” (Harper and Point Foundation, 384 pages, $30). What happened to the counterculture? Twenty-five years after Woodstock, …

‘Most Influential’ List Has Strong Opinions

1. Walt Whitman is listed as sixth in Russell’s list of influential gays and lesbians. 2. Russell’s placing Madonna on his list broadens the meaning of the word lesbian.