BOOKS: WHAT QUESTION OF TASTE?

PUBLICATION IS PUSHED UP FOR A BOOK OF ROYAL DISH

What with so many members of the news media putting on hair shirts and repenting the inherent nosiness of their profession, it's refreshing to meet people who go about the dirty business of tattling with a minimum of regret. "If you're going to publish Kitty Kelley, you've got to just do it," says Laurence Kirshbaum, CEO of Warner Books, which has released Kelley's The Royals (547 pages; $27) to even more controversy than was no doubt hoped for when the book was signed. Kelley is the famously prying celebrity biographer whose works include His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra,...

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