Bookends: Aug. 19, 1985

MY MOTHER'S KEEPER by B.D. Hyman Morrow; 347 pages; $17.95 Scandal began with the first motion picture, but the modern sharper-than-a-serpent's-tooth era can be traced to 1978 and the appearance of Mommie Dearest, the harsh memoir of Joan Crawford. My Mother's Keeper, by B.D. Hyman, is even more acrimonious. Joan Crawford was dead a year when the revenge was taken. Bette Davis is still alive and ticking. B. (for Barbara) D. (for Davis) Hyman declares that the front door is always open to her estranged mother. But only a masochist would enter after the appearance of this seething volume. According to...

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