Books: Scholar-Gypsy


by Robert Plunket

Knopf; 277 pages; $13.95

Novels with cute titles should come with a tag marked caveat emptor. The purchases, when opened, are likely to be as interesting and substantial as unfolded cocktail napkins. This year's notable exception is My Search for Warren Harding; the title represents truth in advertising. Elliot Weiner, an ambitious academic historian from New York City, thinks he has located a former mistress of President Harding, who died in office in 1923. The suspect lives in Los Angeles, happily undetected by the handful of Harding specialists who are Weiner's competitors. If the old...

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