WITH LOVE FROM GRACIE (335 pp.) Grace Megger LewisHarcoud, Brace ($5.75).
The sad point of Babbitt was not so much that Zenith's leading realtor was a philistine, but that he half knew it and hankered vaguely after something more than the life of a rich land shark.
The sad point about Main Street was that Carol Kennicott knew that Gopher Prairie was full of philistines, but did not understand that Chanel No. 5 would never rout a gopher from its hole.
There was something of Babbitt in his creator, Sinclair Lewis, and there was something of Carol Kennicott in his first wife, Grace...