Picks and Pans Review: Sleeping with Soldiers

updated 03/11/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/11/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Rosemary Daniell

For a woman who grew up in the reticent South, Daniell has come a long way. Her earlier book, the autobiographical Fatal Flowers: On Sex and Suicide in the Deep South, was self-exploratory too. This volume examines her three marriages, her difficult relationships with her children, her affairs and what she has learned about herself. Her subtitle is In Search of the Macho Man, and Daniell divides her men into two camps: the sensitive, stable, good man (she married three of them) and the scoundrels to whom she is always drawn between husbands. She muses (thank you, Siggy) that her feelings about men stem from her own father, a charming brute of an alcoholic failure. A reader can get fed up with Rosemary Daniell's total preoccupation with the subject of Rosemary Daniell, but because she has done such hard thinking, she gives readers plenty to think about too. (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $14.95)

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