America & Lebanon
DRIVIN' WOMAN Elizabeth Pickett ChevalierMacmlllan ($2.75).
TAP ROOTS James Street Dial ($2.75).
Both these period novels trick out huzzy-ish heroines and irresistible, blackguardly heroes in hoop skirts and heelstrapped pants. Both ballast the light fantastic course of love with a few tons of lore from the national past. Both are light heavyweights in length (593 and 652 pages, respectively). Both are fun to read. Drivin' Woman has already run to 150,000 copies (including the Literary Guild), brought its author $75,000 from M.G.M.
Drivin' Woman reads like an inspired high-school...