Books: Medium Cool

SUMMER IN THE CITY by Mark Stevens Random House; 360 pages; $16.95

The legion of up-and-coming baby boomers have needed a voice. As observers have noted, the Yuppies grind their own coffee beans, sip Chablis, dress for success and book passage on the inside track. But what goes on behind their apartment doors? First Novelist Mark Stevens knows, and he cannily details their secret titillations and minor tragedies through the adventures of three characters in search of a lifestyle.

One quest is for coolness. After a year of cultural and emotional R. and R....

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