Books: Die-Hard Puritan

GRANDMA CALLED IT CARNAL—Bertha Damon—Simon & Schuster ($2).

Readers who liked Clarence Day's Life With Father and other such recent memoirs should be glad to meet Bertha Damon's Grandmother Griswold. Author Damon was brought up by her grandmother in a small Connecticut town according to the gospel of Thoreau. Plain living in the vegetarian Griswold household never quite achieved Thoreau's budget of 27¢ a week. But to little Bertha it seemed a narrow miss.

"As Henry Thoreau says," Grandma would begin, and Bertha's heart would sink; she figured (rightly most times) that it meant beans...

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