Books: Working Woman

THIS PROUD HEART — Pearl S. Buck—Reynal & Hitchcock ($2.50).

Author Buck's ninth book is her first to deal with the U. S. scene. With all the earmarks of her Chinese novels — great sincerity, a Biblical-cadenced style— it also has such narrow escapes from absurdity that sharp-eared readers can hear the squeak. Her present heroine moves in a complex, artistic world but has the courage of her elemental nature. "The thought of trees made her pant," and her genius is ascribed solely to the fact that "she thought mysteriously out of her heart and her bowels."

Dynamic Susan Gaylord, daughter of a...

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