Books: When the Ears Have Had It

CEDARHURST ALLEY by Denison Hatch. 250 pages. Eriksson. $6.95.

Problem: Your newly acquired $70,000 family home in fashionable Cedarhurst, Long Island, turns out to be right under the most popular jet approach alley to J.F.K. Airport; the planes banshee by at 600 ft. so often that your 21-year-old daughter is driven autistic. Solution: float a war-surplus barrage balloon 1,500 ft. above the house and let the jets squall where they may.

It is a great idea as a stunt in civil disobedience. But as a book, the balloon does not hold up quite so well,...

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