Books: Down on the Farm

ACRES AND PAINS (126 pp.)—S. J. Perelman—Reynal & Hitchcock ($2).

The auctioneer's voice boomed out the cow's pedigree: "ZangwilPs Bijou Lass, the daughter of Throaty Contralto by that great sire Glittering Generalization." The bidding stopped at $320. "Before I could extricate myself," writes Sidney Joseph Perelman, "the auctioneer had brought me to my knees and was administering the estocada. In vain I pleaded that I had merely been clearing my throat, that I lived in a hotel for business girls where no cattle were permitted. . . ."

That day Humorist Perelman acquired not only...

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