Hitting the Books

Question: What do the following have in common? The Sears, Roebuck Mail Order Catalog. Collected Poems 1947-1980 of Allen Ginsberg. Elvis, by Albert Goldman. Jane Fonda's Workout Book. Iacocca. The Butter Battle Book, by Dr. Seuss. The Rand McNally Road Atlas. The Union of Concerned Scientists' The Fallacy of Star Wars. An eclectic selection of summer reading? Not quite. They are among the 313 books chosen by a committee of ten literary figures for an exhibition at the Moscow International Book Fair called "America Through American Eyes."

Innocuous enough, at first glance anyway. But last week a quiet imbroglio between the...

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