Books: Bookends Lovely Me: the Life of Jacqueline Susann

by Barbara Seaman Morrow; 480 pages; $18.95

What makes a medical journalist whose last book was Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones (1977) spend six years writing a biography of Jacqueline Susann, author of the definitive '60s trash trinity, Valley of the Dolls, The Love Machine and Once Is Not Enough? Perhaps it was Susann's unique amalgam of poignancy and chutzpah. Her pores were too big to pass a screen test, she could not sing or dance, she was too short to be a model and, after 25 years of trying, she was nowhere as an actress. She drank heavily and was addicted to pills, and her...

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