Bookends Word for Word

by Andrew A. Rooney Putnam; 287 pages; $14.95

Andy Rooney's semicelebrity, the result of his appearances in the nice-guy slot on the CBS TV show 60 Minutes, has not reached the public nuisance stage. % It is still possible not to have heard of him; he maintains just enough decent obscurity to squeak by, so far. In his other, humbler occupation, Rooney writes funny newspaper columns, and Word for Word is his fourth collection of essays. Those who missed the first three can just take a seat anywhere. Rooney is always good company. He manages to give the impression that he has just run into you at the post...

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