Books: Career Woman

HELENE —Vicki Baum — Doubleday, Doran ($2).

Grand Hotel made Authoress Baum's reputation in the U. S., but in her Fatherland Helene is the favorite. It is a better book than Grand Hotel. Of the same type as H. G. Wells's Ann Veronica and Sinclair Lewis' recent Ann Vickers, Helene should certainly not be rated lowest of the three.

Penurious student at a German university, Helene was also pretty—except for her capable hands, which were always stained with chemicals from the lab. Her single-minded ambition was to take her doctorate, make a...

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