Books: Childish & Curious

YES AND No STORIES (227 pp.)—George and Helen Papashvily—Harper ($2.50).

Like Joseph Stalin, George Papashvily was born in Russia's Georgia. Then they became quite unalike: Joseph entered politics, George entered the U.S. In 1945, the Book-of-the-Month Club selected Anything Can Happen—a whimsical, owlish account in Georgian English of George's 20 years of life as an immigrant, dictated by himself, set down by his wife, Helen. Today, Helen runs the Moby Dick Bookshop in Allentown, Pa., and George spends "part of each day at a granite quarry working on an animal figure he designed to commemorate the plight of the world during the...

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