Books: Visit to a Strange Planet

AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN MOSCOW

by LEONA and JERROLD SCHECTER and EVELIND, STEVEN, KATE, DOVEEN and BARNET

410 pages. Little, Brown. $10.95.

In lesser hands, this seven-authored volume might have been no more than a polished family album. Instead, Leona and Jerrold Schecter and their children (who ranged in age from five to 13 when Schecter took over TIME's Moscow bureau in 1968) display insight and perceptions that lend their memory book a universal appeal.

The loosely chronological narrative—a series of signed excerpts contributed by each family member—recounts the Schecters' efforts to apprehend the...

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