Picks and Pans Review: Miss America

updated 12/11/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Howard Stern

This followup to Stern's chart-topping Private Parts is review-proof. The gabmaster's fans instantly pushed it up bestseller lists, past the more decorous memoir of his polar opposite Colin Powell. This guy could publish in Sanskrit and still make a bundle.

Yet Stern refuses to hold back, and this demented grab bag will add to his rep—it's a fearless, formidable piece of work. Even more explicit than his daily radio show-therapy session, Miss America features brutally frank, often tasteless chapters on cybersex, his bathroom habits and celebrities he hates (including Kathie Lee Gifford and "human snowman" Rush Limbaugh).

Sternaholics will no doubt get the most out of Miss America, but anyone with a slightly twisted sense of humor can appreciate the rare candor in this X-rated X-ray of an original comic mind. (ReganBooks, $27.50)

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