Books: Notable

HOW TO SURVIVE IN YOUR NATIVE LAND by James Herndon. 192 pages.

Simon & Schuster. $5.95.

"If you only work in order to change things, you will simply go nuts. I am an authority on it. The book is mostly about kites and dogs and lizards and salamanders and magic." That is James Herndon, reformed globetrotter turned public school teacher, describing his newest book and confronting in characteristic stance the lugubrious subject of U.S. public education. Everything Herndon observes takes place in the "Spanish Main" intermediate school in "Tierra Firma," a thinly disguised middle-class...

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