Picks and Pans Review: Separated at Birth? 2

updated 07/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/16/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by the editors of Spy

In theory, this humor idea—juxtaposing photographs of similar-looking people—might seem to have been fairly well exhausted. And there are more than a few desperate-seeming pages in this book, such as one that includes obscure poet Allen Tate (paired with Beach Boy At Jardine) and novelist Margaret Drabble (next to British ex-pop singer Peter Noone, no household face himself).

There are taste questions too. Even in this context, using photos of such people as Lee Harvey Oswald, Rev. Jim Jones and Hermann Goring to get a laugh is offensive. (Another issue, generosity of spirit, arises in pairing the aged Bette Davis with the gnarled talking tree trunk in The Wizard of Oz.)

Anyone who can tolerate those lapses will have fun with this book, though, if only in speculating whether it might be possible that such people as Princess Diana and Wayne Gretsky are really the same person, since they don't appear in the same place at the same time all that often. (Dolphin/Doubleday, paper, $7.95)

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