Vile Bodies

TITLE: THIS CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE

AUTHOR: SUSAN BRAUDY

PUBLISHER: KNOPF; 480 PAGES; $25

THE BOTTOM LINE: A feckless society couple who deserved each other are the subjects of a disappointing biography.

Hemingway was wrong. The very rich are not different from you and me. They can be just as foolish and venal as the rest of us. Over the years it has been difficult to pity Ann Woodward. Certainly Truman Capote and Dominick Dunne were merciless in their barely disguised fictional portraits of social climbing metastasized into murder. But in Susan Braudy's lackluster account, readers are permitted at least an...

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