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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 39

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Thursday, September 12, 1991
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D-4B00kS THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Thursday, September 12, 1991 aster's thesis grows into first novel 'Popcorn Report' offers only half-baked kernels Signings tl"!1 ItWUfHirnpWMHl" mill H iajlllllll MKIIIU liiMii u)iwutaiin tummi imaiiiiii.aMiiwi "its' I ill H 1,1 i'! 1 ' - Ann Hicks Book notes A mother and daughter will visit Drew's Bookshop in Hyde Park Monday evening. Peggy Lamson, author of Speaking of Galbraith, a portrait of John Kenneth Galbraith, and her daughter Patricia Chute, author of Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana: His Life and Work in the Charmed World of His Estate, will sign copies of their works 5:30-7 p.m. mi a 0 (t- Hi 0 tKKHT0 Vt. uit-uiti-.'Hti'iu backward and uneducated; their neighbors see Mikey as "putting on airs." Sam and Mary Kate want the best for their children, but Mikey seems lost to them. Lost in the white man's world. All-Bright Court is "really a portrait of a community," says Porter, who has a new job teaching creative writing at the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale. Each of the 26 chapters in this 224-page book is like a short story. "It is episodic in a way," Porter says. "It's the style I like to write in." In "Snowbound," the last chapter of this engrossing and beautifully written book, Mikey learns a lesson he will never forget. It begs for a sequel. Will these characters come back? "I don't know yet," Porter says. "This may be it for them." READING: David Michael Kaplan will read from his new novel, Skating in the Dark, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Drew's Bookshop in Hyde Park. PAPERBACKS: The Earliest Relationship by Dr. T. Berry Bra-zelton and Dr. Bertrand G. Cramer has just been released in paperback by Addison-Wesley Publishing. In the book, Brazelton, a well-known J 71. Jt-Jitae-ii ."v .-SvlV 7 .-. -Jss1k THE POPCORN REPORT By Faith Popcorn Doubleday; $22.50 BY KAREN STABINER Los Angeles Times Freud was a piker; he only asked what women want. Giant companies want to know what all of us want next month, next year or whatever their lead time is for them to develop or package new products. Faith Popcorn makes a living telling them what she sees in her crystal ball. (Popcorn is, of course, not her real name: One grandfather came from Russia). She runs an operation that she calls Brain-Reserve, which caters to such clients as American Express, Polaroid and Tupperware 63 of them, in fact. Lists ad nauseam We know there are 63 because she lists them, along with quotes from business leaders, an index, a glossary and a list of all the periodicals BrainReserve plows through; that is her method of getting The Popcorn Report up over 200 pages. It is a melange of jargon and wMMetMa L ril W pediatrician whose "Families Today" column appears in The Enquirer, and Cramer, a pioneer in child psychiatry, discuss infant behavior and parent-infant interaction. Cost is $10.95. Here are other recent releases: , Tender by Mark Childress (Ballan-tine; $5.99); Under Siege by Stephen Coonts (Pocket Books; $5.95); Pandora's Box by Elizabeth Gage (Pocket Books; $5.95); Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman (Fawcett Crest; $5.99); Bred to Win by William Kinsolving (Dell; $5.99); The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Penguin; $9.95); Saturday Night by Susan Orlean (Fawcett Crest; $5.99). it c 1 1 ,-..i..t rf - All-Bright Court began as a school paper. Connie Porter, working toward a master's degree at Louisiana State University, wrote a 10-page short story about her hometown of Lackawanna, N.Y., a small city just south of Buffalo. That was four years ago. "You have to write a thesis to get out," she says, laughing. The story centers around Sam and Mary Kate Taylor and their five children, a black family with Southern roots who move to Lackawanna. They live at 18 All-Bright Court, a crumbling tenement built for steelworkers during World War I. Turn it into a novella, urged one of Porter's professors. But she had other things on her agenda: graduation and a teaching job in Boston. It wasn't until a year later, when she made plans to attend Bread-loaf, a writer's conference in Mid-dlebury, Vt., that she began to rework the story. At Breadloaf, she says, "I met a number of professional writers. I made contacts." She also found a publisher, Houghton Mifflin, with bigger plans for the novella. "It was 167 pages," the 31-year-old author says. "Houghton Mifflin wanted me to double it. It took another year and a half to expand and revise." All-Bright Court ($19.95), Porter's first novel, was published this month. The story begins in the 1960s when Sam, fresh from Tupelo, Miss., gets a job with Capital Steel in Lackawanna and marries Mary Kate, his Mississippi sweetheart. The steel mill offers the young couple jobs and housing. Integration is in the air. Up north, Sam and Mary Kate will have a future. "They thought they had landed in heaven," says Porter, one of eight children. In her neighborhood, 90 of the blacks had migrated from the South. "It was a very different kind of lifestyle. These were characters in transition. People who did not have in- catch phrases she has invented to assure nervous corporate execs that they're on top of what will come next. You do have to wonder, though, why any company would pay a futurist who predicts, among other things, that the time has come for individually owned commuter airplanes, a fantasy that has managed not to come to fruition for 40 years. CLEARANCE SALE fl TP LUGGAGE & TRUNKS New and Used C f 0 Save more than t9lr O Will's Pawn & Jewelry CORNER Gil BFRTWE & MCMILLAN 50 Off door plumbing in the 1960s. It sure was better than living in a shack and share-cropping." But things changed during the next 20 years. The steel industry slumped. Workers were laid off. Times were tough. Lackawanna "went down, just like in the book," she says. "The work force went from 22,000 to 1,500. Three of the four steel plants closed totally, and it had been a steel town for 100 years." And like most "immigrant experiences," there are generational differences. "It's like coming to America," Porter says. "People grew up harder (in the South) and had a different set of expectations. When their kids get something different, there is a schism." The Taylors experience just that. Their oldest son, Mikey, shows special promise and is awarded a scholarship to a posh private school in Buffalo. 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