Books: Roosevelt Sequel

ELEANOR: THE YEARS ALONE 368 pages. Norton. $9.95.

Eleanor and Franklin, the first part of this two-volume biography of Mrs. Roosevelt, was last year's literary success. Not only did it win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, but it defeated sex (Any Woman Can) and the Mafia (Honor Thy Father) to become the year's top bestseller.

Like its subject, it was a doughty, intelligent, enormously likable book. The new volume is in some ways even better since Lash has been much more selective in his use of detail. But in a crucial way....