Picks and Pans Review: How to Be a Really Nice Person: Doing the Right Thing—your Way

updated 06/20/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Pat Collins

Collins, the arts and entertainment editor of the CBS Morning News, is blond, pretty, charming and nice. Truly, wholly, frothingly nice. Her book, however, is trivial, made up of penetrating observations on the order of: "The least funny people in the world, in my opinion, are those who bombard everyone they meet with sick, racist or dirty jokes. If they find such stuff funny, that's their business, but they ought to find themselves friends who share their taste in humor and leave the rest of us alone." Her point, small as it is, is this: "Even when we conclude that our major responsibility is to ourselves, we should attempt to deal with things in a manner that fulfills the objective of making the situation better, not worse." Collins is an appealing TV personality. As an author, she makes the situation worse, not better. (Evans, $12.95)

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