Picks and Pans Review: Notes

UPDATED 10/08/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/08/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Eleanor Coppola

Though the background for these autobiographical scribbles is the making of her husband's epic, Apocalypse Now (see Screen, below), the book has little to do with the movie. Instead, it traces the beginnings of her journey away from wife-and-motherhood and into private ambition. Unfortunately, she spends half the book complaining, mostly about such nonuniversal issues as the heat and bugs on the Philippine location. By the time her self-examination gets rolling, the journal is over. Coppola is too much of a lady to lower the boom on Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, husband Francis' infidelities—or herself. What's left are the superficial, sketchy jottings promised by the title. (Simon and Schuster, $9.95)

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