Books: The Girls' Realm

A DIFFERENT WOMAN by JANE HOWARD 413 pages. E.P. Dutton. $7.95.

Jane Howard took notes the first time she smoked pot. She is that sort of person, on the testimony of this busy autobiographical journal: clever, organized, earnest, eternally selfconscious. She is also only 38, and so her book is a kind of interim report.

It is swiftly apparent, though, that nothing comes easily to Jane Howard except accomplishment. It has taken her the better part of two decades, however, to disentangle herself from childhood and, in particular, from the ghost of a...

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