Medicine: The Leg & I

The breezy, 37-year-old, best-selling author of Party Line, a story of smalltown small talk, has used crutches since she was eight, when she lost her right leg in a bicycle accident. To Louise Baker life on crutches is not funny, but it can be fun. She argues her case persuasively in a witty autobiography: Out on a Limb (Whittlesey House; $2).

Mrs. Baker's book is a gold mine of hints to the legless (of whom there are some 128,000 in the U.S.). Samples: 1) watch out for dogs—they are liable to get a paw caught in your crutch; 2) the most efficient...

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