Books: Bifocal Two Roads to Dodge City

by Nigel and Adam Nicolson Harper & Row; 291 pages; $17.50

Nicolson fils and pere, driving in separate cars across the U.S. in 1986, are not exactly typical tourists. Nigel is a historian, gentleman politician and professional amateur whose most celebrated book, Portrait of a Marriage, describes the unlikely partnership of his homosexual parents Vita Sackville- West and Harold Nicolson. Adam is a naturalist ready to take over the family business of belles lettres. On their American tours, Adam, 29, relentlessly covers the West, stopping in on rallies in Berkeley, hanging out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and tramping through the rain forests of Washington. Meanwhile, his 70-year-old father...

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