Books: No Moss

PITY IS NOT ENOUGH — Josephine Herbst—Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

There are various ways of looking at the past: through rose-colored spectacles, through the wrong end of a telescope, or— by an imaginative effort of which few are capable—face to face. Josephine Herbst's method is neither bespectacled nor telescopic, nor is it a personal, Proustian total-recall. Pity Is Not Enough is a medley of autobiographies, a family album of actually speaking likenesses. To read her story of the post-Civil War U. S. is like being there in a painfully realistic sense. Without depending...

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