Books: Texas & Berlin

Texas & Berlin THE LEANING TOWER AND OTHER STORIES — Katharine Anne Porter — Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES (1944) — Edited by Martha Foley —Houghton, Mifflin ($2.75).

Grandmother Sophia Jane had raised eleven children. "She wore a stiffly starched white chambray bonnet, with a round crown buttoned on a narrow brim." When the cling-peach tree bloomed in her Kentucky garden, she mused: "I have planted five orchards in three States, and now I see only one tree in bloom." Her numerous descendants and her aged servants thought she was...

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