Bookends: Sep. 16, 1985


by Patrick F. McManus

Holt, Rinehart & Winston

214 pages; $13.95

Wife to husband, after a close call during a drive in the boondocks: "What would you have done if you'd hit that skunk with the car?" Husband to wife: "The only decent thing. I'd have stopped and buried it in the ditch. I might even have buried the skunk along with it." There are readers who will claim they saw that punch line coming a mile away. These people are almost certainly unaware of Patrick F. McManus or the monthly humor column, "The Last Laugh," that he...

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