Bookends: Oct. 26, 1987

FAMILY: THE TIES THAT BIND . . . AND GAG! by Erma Bombeck

McGraw-Hill; 199 pages; $15.95

In the '60s, during the geologic age called Early Subdivision, a distracted housewife and sometime journalist named Erma Bombeck discovered what to do with two-week-old tuna casserole: turn the stuff into a howl of a newspaper column. Prepare three times a week; serves 31 million in 900 papers, at latest count. In this eighth book, an amiable reworking of her familiar material, Bombeck is still distracted like a fox and still being funny about her layabout kids and the alien life forms that glow...

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