Books: Paradise Mislaid

I HEAR AMERICA SWINGING

by PETER DEVRIES

211 pages. Little, Brown. $7.95.

I hear America swinging ...

All free in the great freedom that

is to come, that is already

here, I declare it as I

celebrate it,

Every man taking unto himself

a wife, no matter whose,

Every woman taking unto herself

a husband, no matter whose.

—Peter De Vries, after Walt Whitman

A terrible blight is creeping through the Iowa cornfields. "It's what they call brittle dialogue," explains Ma Sigafoos, an entrepreneurial food franchiser who hawks home cooking under the brand name of Land's Sakes....

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