Books: Summer Reading

Raconteurs and romancers lighten leisure hours

". . . AND LADIES OF THE CLUB" by Helen Hooven Santmyer Putnam; 1,176 pages; $19.95

The happy tale of Helen Hooven Sant myer is the stuff of literary myth. Her first two novels were ignored in the 1920s. But the lady never lost heart. She planned a stirring rebuttal to Sinclair Lewis' scabrous attacks on Middle America, ". . .

And Ladies of the Club. " Now, some 50 years later, her overweight saga has been published to enormous fanfare. Only one aspect of this heartwarming tale falters: Ladies...

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