A WORD TO THE WIVES

A mother-and-daughter collaboration—black print for D.R., brown for M.R., with conveniently annotated margins re the soi-disant content as well as illustrations—obviously something for both generations. Dorothy Rodgers' tone is of course terribly gracious; Mary's is a nice change (she doesn't like "mingy blobs of pressed caviar on damp toast") while both more than acknowledge a world in which caviar exists. . . . i.e. if you discuss who gets the color TV and who the b/w, or at a time of austerity, you might scrimp by renting the summer place. The Rodgers' Rules of Order cover houses, decor, appliances, marketing, children, entertaining and finally you. When it comes to running that household, you should do everything (they call it trivia. . . ) although you can ask him to pick up something you might have forgotten at the store. But then this is all predicated on the assumption that "while women are acquiring more and more freedom, it seems unjust to expect men to dry more and more dishes" although what this freedom is seems to be for other people. Some of the incidentals are helpful from getting a babysitter via your local hospital (a student nurse) or maintaining the checkbooks. . . . Once again, it will no doubt be personally promoted, with Her and Her appearances?

Pub Date: Oct. 29, 1970

ISBN: 0394452356

Page Count: -

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 8, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1970

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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