Books: White Harlem

BAD GIRL—Vina Delmar—Harcourt Brace ($2). On a Hudson River Sunday excursion boat—jazz under bright lights, petting in the shadows—Dot of the Bronx picks up Harlem Eddie (not colored), gets goin' with him steady, falls for him (i.e. is seduced) and thus becomes a bad girl. But she marries him next day, and soon enough has a child. Simply this and nothing more—but what more is there?

Eddie Collins hides a heart of gold under a curt manner. He won't allow his young wife to continue as typist, because silently he remembers his work-ridden mother. Bored, Dot window-shops on Eddie's forty-a-week, but Eddie...