Books: Lower Suburbia

IT'S ONLY TEMPORARY (273 pp.) —Charles Mergendahl—Doubleday ($3).

Camptown had 4,276 homes and they were all the same. Each living room had a picture window and a real wood-burning fireplace. Upstairs was an expansion attic ("You have the joy of finishing the second floor yourself"). The master bedroom was a barnlike 10 ft. by 11½. Each front door was flanked by the advertised "shrubbery"—two arborvitae bushes. All the floors were linoleum-covered, all the walls were plywood, and all the lumber was green.

Camptown split into two groups, the conservatives who set their alarms for 6:50 and had a good breakfast before they set...

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