Laments for the Living. By Dorothy Parker. An unusually good collection of short stories. Included is Big Blonde, the story which won the O’Henry Memorial prize. Viking, $2.50.
Wooden Swords. By Jacques Deval., translated by L. S. Morris. A humorous story of a short-sighted soldier in the Service of Supplies in the French army during the World War. Was a best-seller in France and has lost nothing in the translation. Viking, $2.50.
Fourteenth Street. By Percy Shostac. Story in verse of a young Jew who falls in love with a young married woman, a Gentile of good family with traditions and standards. The book is an analysis of his emotions following the woman’s return to her husband. Simon, Schuster, $2.50.
Ex-Baby. Anonymous. The purported autobiography of a four-year old. Provides a few gentle laughs and numerous broad smiles. Covici-Friede, $1.00.
Uncle Vanya. By Anton Chekhov. A new translation of a famous play by Rose Caylor (Mrs. Ben Hecht). An unusually liberal adaptation that proved itself justified in the increased number of theatre-goers who learned to appreciate Chekhov. Prefaced by a critical anlysis of Chekhov by the adaptor. Covici-Friede, $2.00.