Books: Rag and Bone

VERY MUCH A LADY by Shana Alexander Little, Brown; 316 pages; $17.50

Three years after Jean Harris fired four bullets into Herman Tarnower, the case of the headmistress and the diet doctor still has the power to engage our imagination. The public's appetite for details of the murder trial had been whetted by the social standing of the protagonists, as Diana Trilling pointed out in her brilliant 1981 study, Mrs. Harris. But the abiding fascination of the case resides in the story of the high-minded, stylish lady who descended to the depths of self-abasement...

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