Books: Commuters' Special

A SHORT WALK FROM THE STATION (175 pp.)—Phyllis McGinley—Viking ($2.75).

Phyllis McGinley comes right out and admits it: she likes living in "a middle-class house on a middle-class street in a middle-class village full of middle-class people" (i.e., Westchester County's Larchmont). She even writes poetry about it two or three mornings a week after her two young daughters (13 and 11) scoot off for school.

A Short Walk from the Station is Versifier McGinley's sixth book in praise of normal things, and it is disarmingly pleasant reading. Up to now, she has spoken for all the loving but distracted parents who...

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