Books: Balkan Bastards

CRADLE OF LIFE — Louis Adamic — Harper ($2.50).

Two months ago a pretty, 25-year-old Roman Catholic nun named Manuela Mary Adamic, serving in a hospital at Dedinje, Yugoslavia, broke her religious vows, ran away, married a patient she had nursed through a long illness. In Manhattan her nervous, energetic, expatriate brother, Louis Adamic, author of two books on the sturdy Adamic family, observed, "She asks me, naively, to forgive her for the step. . . . She is one of the finest and most beautiful girls that ever lived. ... A man who...

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