Books: Running Deep

MIDSTREAM

by Le Anne Schreiber

Viking; 309 pages; $18.95

By the time she was 33, Le Anne Schreiber had a resume to light up the Zeitgeist. With a marriage behind her, a master's degree from Stanford and a graduate fellowship at Harvard, she came to New York City as a writer for TIME. Her coverage of the 1976 Olympics led to a job as editor in chief of Billie Jean King's short-lived magazine womenSports. Within eight months of joining the New York Times, Schreiber became the first woman to run its sports department.

And the first woman to quit. "I rode...