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October 20, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 13

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HOLLYWOOD MEMOIRS HOLLYWOOD, b y G a r i o n Kanin (Viking -- $8.95.) In 1937, Garson Kanin went lo Hollywood lo "learn tho business" of moviemaking and in this sometimes touching, often funny and always well-written memoir he tells not only what he learned about the business but about Ihe people who mado up! that business, People, for example, like Samuel Goldwyn, the first of Ihe mighty for whom Kanin was · lo - work over the years, and who greeted the newly arrived playwright ' with "Sidney Howard tells me you're a very clever genius." That's the first Goldwynism' to surface in this book, b u t . not, .by any means, IKe last. Another: "If you won't give me your word ol honor, will you Ue?" rfMt by TIME DEFEATED ROOSEVELT FDR's LAST YEAR, by Jim- Bishop (Morrdw : $12.50)'^ Time, says Jfhv Bishop, "·"- vours men movement and events. is" 1 " steady, _ 'April 1944 to April'-IMS '-and- draws, among -others; the : : oncljJ6ien above. · , . . . ' · · '' The · journalistic approach MURDERVlS NOT AN ACT give, me your prom- cxorable, merciless, it defeated the man who is ihe central fig ! lire of this book and this is sad because, at the moment he was whisked away, ' · Franklin T. Roosevelt : thought '-' he had triumphed over "the' 1 calendar ' '° f ' ' " l f e - Da X and the clock."' There. are lots of good stories, too. Such as .IhC time Goldwyn told Louis Bromfield: "You should work in pictures, Louis. Sure, you're a great novelist but -how many people have heard of you? If you write two or three successful pictures, the name of Btoomficlri will be known all over the world." Christ Died" and "The 'Day Lincoln Was Shot'," turns' his attention to the final "year' in the life of President Roosevelt Kanin also has wealth stories lo tell ahout such other major figures as -- to pick a . few at randojn -- Harry Cohn, Dmrryl Zamtck. Charles Laughton and Marilyn Monroe, and he (ells them all well. His book, it should be noted, is not just a collection of stories and vignettes, however. While It does contain many of these it ·contains them within a carefully built framework lo which their significance is subordinate · to Ihe structure Kanin wants to !. build: his years in Hollywood, '.' what they meant lo him and What it meant to-him. He suc- ;' ceeds admirably. .. . ' . ' . · - '- - ' - ' · - - " -pi provides information BETTER Slj)E OVERLOOKED';:: OBSERVATIONS 1 Take -27(1 INNOCENTS AT HOME Tad Szulc. (Viking $10) '10. · - - . . - - . . . Tad Szulc's name : is well known to readers o f ' p a s t ' f r o n t pages of the New York Times and his credentials as a reporter are impressive and earned. His latest book presents another side of Szulc, however, % MYSTERY, SET IN AUSTRALIA ·.THE MEADOWS OF TALLON, by Estelle Thompson (Ace-95 cents) Sally Andrews comes to Tallon to visit her sister Janice. Once there she is told that her sister is no longer employed. Clare Meadows tells her that Janice had taken off Tuesday end not returned. .The Meadows ask Sally if she W i l l take over Janice's job. She agrees and then meets Alisdair and Carol Swinton his fiance. The ranch, in Australia, is a : big one. Immediately she lakes a dislike to Carol. Carol is predatory, she decides. Later she will know for certain. Later. Jan's body is found by the police. They can not find a motive. Sally begins poking around in .:' Various places and e v e n -suspects Alisdair. Her investigations proved annoying to the killer and several 'accidents' cause her to be on guard. When 8 fire breaks out in the wooded a ret she finds herself trapped. Her rescuer turns out to be Ihe killer and (he one she thought was the killer rescues her. and "Innocents At Home" is disappointing. .It was touted as the result of three years of travel around .America and observing , Americans . and . events after live years abroad .as foreign "correspondent. . The book, which carries the subtitle "America in'-the. 1970s;" is basically a well-done synopsis of government reports and statistics, -news events, in- Lucy,'Mercer Rutherfurd, time friend and confidante of Ihe." "President,. ,was present wKen he' was stricken '.by 'cerebra). jierhorrage in Wann, Springs;!; Ga., and that' Mr$; Riitherfurd ha'd been to dinner at the White House on several occasions when Eleanor Roose; yell, .was.; away. Bishop say Mrs. Roosevelt confronted her daughter with this information on Ihe. day of FDR's funeral, questioning why family ..ami staff had concealed it from her! But the most interesting stories .by far in Bishop's day-oy- day : account 'are about, the President's health. Beginning with'thVMarch 1944 checkup at Belhes'Sa Naval Hospital, doctors were' aware o f ' Roosevelt's lar'dening^ of the arteries, of his lungs and. of his -hy- pertensive . heart disease. Dr. HoWard' 1 , Bruenn thought ' ihe President might expire at any ·ime, but with' rest and medjcsc- lion, might l i v e - o n for months or .perhaps a year or two. .Yet 'he . apparently : never: dis» cussed this with the President, devoted OF -ILLUSION, by , ming tnl r Nicola .Devon- (Awr-95: cents) Jackie-Forrest' accepts J inv'ilatiotf froni.-her : A8nt'E!m Masters ait the. Retreat : jus£bi of the country villa gi, of. Prior's Heath in England. Elma's hu«-- banrf, 'Merlin Masters, h»J 'been a''preeminent,, stage magician before hi* . rnur,der. Jnckii knows little about her aunt and [ess about the Retre*ti - . - . . - ; : Merlin hsd created some «f his'most' astounding tricks at the house. His: illusions; .and escapes-had electrified theatergoers,-38-years earlier.- · . - . . After'hls dea'th, the. Retreat CHECK WITH THE ALMANAC THE OLD FARMERS ALMA MAC, by Robert B. Thoma (Yankee Co. -- 75 cenls) "Th« Old -Farmers Al this year h»« ! 192-pag«s,!and a usual the fall panoply of we a In er forecast*,' "hints to farmers gardeners and. even an arlicl kicking off the bicentennial of the United 'States, · . Since gardening ..] s becom thing- too prices get higher, -one ehapte growing, vesting and eating, home grow produce/ ··'· Readers' Will ;ilso-learn how ; keep firewood-- burning .and even how to produce 'methane gas from: manure -- - i f you-. have g' big herd .of cattle and plenty of droppings in* the field or .lot. . One .chapter: even : recounts he- great diamond* fraud ·»! the 19th century; There, is ·. also the story .of HarloW iShapeley, one .great .astronomers, became *6rt of ''halt-way ' ' house :for' down actors and actresses. '·· the' -heels terviews, observations and comments. The only -exception to this, and a welcome one it turns out lo be, is Szulc's revelation of bow t h e upheaval of the '70s .personally,-affected his family · and subsequently affecl- ed his view of the changing times. His daughter was heavily involved in the lifestyle .of protest. the older generation normally associates .with "radical" and "hippie." Parental actions are so vulnerable when they involve their children and some of Szulc's views seem to have been formed by his daughter's activities, not by his normal intuition and, reasoning his wife or advisers. There is some indication the President knew about the state of · his health -- he gave away belongings . to staff members for sev-. era! months before -his death. He never admitted, however, that- -he"'felrhis' illness 'was-'ler- minal. " 1 Woven" into Bishop's account of the-fourth-term campaign,.of trips to Yalta and Alaska and communication^-with' Stalin '-and Churchill are indications of the President's continuing decline. ' the fietfeat tu'rrfs out to be hidden in'a maze and is an old country estate surrounded by a draw-bridge-" and moat.'It was once used by the Roundheads as'a prison for the ifollowers of King^ Charles/ ' ; Jackie, meets the laclors^and one .young man she.finds she trusts and he.goes with:her on .many .of b;r excursions.. Roddy MciNejl .uiifor.tunaitely' tunwup missing one day. Davjd : Stan more; who .runs '-a -, garage in Priori "Heath,' halps her. but at a most eruclal; moment". She hears "a baby ery one night,- Another, -time . she- -puts- a note On a pigeon 'and when it 1 "returns ^stie "'kriows^soliieone else besides those she sees live in'the Retreat. ' :_ Her alint turns out : to be'a real- harida'n and some .of .the actors -are 'either..less-or · wore than " of . . written by-.Guy Murehie. As usual there* are; anecdotes', pleasantries and rainy d ay- amusements. , · · - · · · : Another ' chapter discusses laking the eensus "of -bird' populations, the Sarijy Scotia and the New' .England coast, ft wa one of the worst storms to hit that area. , · · · · . .- · . They also take; .oh :the ,«omet lhat' fiziled ~ Kahpu'tek. Whatever-' your ' interests are, "The Old. Farmers' JAlmanac" just aboutjCoyers\it. What seems i to be the'. prob ; lem here is that his reporter's eye and resulting'"' chronicle were ,'quite critical and .specific in spotlighting America's ills, hut rather general and -fleeting when noting the' country's ; better side. This book can be best . scribed as what ' one. might imagine editors of an encyclo-. pedia would be after, if they assigned a writer the 'task. of summarizing news events for a particular period of time -- V FORMULA ! .WRITING THE PIRATE by H a r o . _ Roftbins .(Simon Schuster. $8.95) - '.; If there, was ever a book that mixed formula writing and top' talent,.this seems lo be a,classic example. "The Pirate" has sex, intrigue, suspense, racism, action : and'timeliness -- everything needed* for book'sales and a potential movie. ' The se'x-'is provocative but a little too much: too often, the-in- they appear. "House of Il.usion"" is -a- story of murder, arson!,''- and play-acting that make it an enjoyable suspense PERSONAL ODYSSEY novel.' bww trigue moderate, sus- KISSINGER HENRY.... KISSINGER, The P rl vate arid P uh] i c Star y, by Ralph' Blumenfeld (Sigr:et) '·'He turned out to be a real talker" was the somewhat startling evaluation by a top professionalrnewspap»rman, de scribing one of-the top movers and shakers · our turbulent from the "liberal" viewpoint. -dl pense excellent, the.racism realistic, the"'action fjrst ; class and the timeliness a kittle 'overdone. -'Thai, takes care of 'the product. Now'for the/producer: the author 'obviously- has .polished talent or : he couldn't''.have combined all·-those .ingredients into a . reada'ble work that isn't stumbling all over itself. And this book :IS readable -- at best excitingly!;arid ;at worst embarrassingly. - ' ..- . times,' Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. . -'his critique came at the end ol-almost 400'interviews, all of which were-targeted at delving into the innermost Kissinger depths. How weir this came off is demonstrated' in,-"HENRY KISSINGER, THE: PRIVATE AND PUBLICS STjORY," by Ralph Blumenfeld, the staff and editors of the NEW YORK POST, an October release, by New .American Library. .... .IN. SEARGB W AM MAHMOUD, by Vivian Sprnick (Warner--.$1.75) ;-';' ' - . ' - . ^An · American Jewish woman goes to .Egypt to.'write about the Middle". East. In-.AmericaI she had met and fallen in love with AH; »n 'Egyptisn graduate student at Cambridge. ' : ' In Cairo; she meets 9li's mother, Soad and-learns about the Egyptian character. Sh« tells of visiting' Midan el: Tahrir-'and about 'the place being : leBt than she-had imagined it. The'men «nd"w«HiBn are all friendly;'The fact ;tha't she is an American Je difference; She "pictures -g raphical- ly the brilliance of the Egyptian households with their numerous sons- and daughters and grandchildren. She eatches-both the vitality and indolence ,th« cal and splendor of the ancient capital. Miss .Gornick'also tells of the mysticism, the sevuality and Immaturity of the rrieii and women of Cairo, The author's personal odyssey f self-discovery is an honest baring of a woman's «ul. It is-an honest, observant, sometimes arousin ga ml often -witty look at the 'land of' the Nile »it nanctttr. iH ic 9 Fraflfc -XVOUnt . --bww David TI-15QO The New Pocket Portable From Texas Instruments .95 · Automalic constant permits · repetitive multiplication or division of a series of numbers by a constant. · Percent key allows easy calculation of laxcs. discounts. . mark-ups, and ratios express, ed as percentages. · Adds, subtracts, multiplies, and divides--instantly. · Full floating decimal automatically sets decimal point in correct place. , . . . - - . , , · Easy to read. 8-digit display shows negative sign, all numerals, and calculation overflow indication. . 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