Picks and Pans Review: Tales from the Front

updated 02/15/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/15/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Laura Kavesh and Cheryl Lavin

There are many charming little stories in this collection of reports about the lovelorn and battle-worn combatants in the skirmish of the sexes. A whole book of them, however, gives rise to the scary thought that our society might pay a trifle too much attention to matters of the heart. Kavesh and Lavin, two Chicago Tribune reporters who turned their own preoccupation with the subject into a syndicated newspaper column (same title as and source for this book), have a good ear for the stories they glean from letters, phone calls and acquaintances. One woman, celebrating her first anniversary of reluctant celibacy, tells them she's thinking of joining a convent: "As long as I'm living the lifestyle, I might as well get the credit." Another looks on the bright side: "Who am I to complain about the men around? Look who Liz Taylor's going out with: George Hamilton, Michael Jackson, Carl Bernstein. Things are obviously tough all over." A man says, "I can't stand women who read too many women's magazines. At the end of a date you know they're rushing home to fill out one of those questionnaires and you just know you're going to flunk." Maybe the way to read this book is a few pages at a time, during commercials on the Love Connection. (Doubleday, $16.95)

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