Books: Stony Parables

HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS by Joanne Greenberg

Holt, Rinehart & Winston; 194 pages; $9.95

In this collection of ten short stories, Joanne Greenberg seems eager to make things go bump in the daytime. Take the case of Aunt Bessie, a nice Jewish woman who one day stops believing in God. Watched by a cautiously admiring niece, Bessie goes on to renounce faith in banks, germs and electricity, although her unplugged television set somehow still carries whatever programs she wants to watch. Only when Bessie decides that all natural laws, including gravity, are myths does she...

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