By Evelyn Oppenheimer
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That put the schedule on a twice a week basis. Then came requests from business and Page 34 professional women and men for reviews on Saturday and a week-night, when the store was open as it was in the war years of 194145. I came to prefer those mixed audiences of both men and women and still do for the broader scope of interest and range of reaction. Only with such an audience of high school students can there be a bit of difficulty. I recall one such audience where at the mention of anything pertaining to sex in the book being reviewed, I could hear a wave of whispers and giggles.
Under the expert guidance of that teacher from Alabama who had spent so much time and study abroad, we traveled all summer in England, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. Even then I avoided going into Germany, as memory was still fresh about the barbarism of Kaiser Wilhelm's army in Belgium, a forerunner of what would come a decade later in the horrors of the holocaust. Austria, too, can leave a taste of bitterness which all the whipped cream and chocolate cannot cover, especially in Vienna where some of us can still hear the sound of the locking of ghetto gates at sunset under the melodic flow of Strauss waltzes.
In a letter dated January 16, 1973, she wrote me, ''I am especially pleased by this honor because it indicates that you do notand correctly in my opinionconsider the book of mainly parochial interest but with affiliation anywhere in the country. Certainly those cities where your book reviews are broadcast have some of the same urban problems that plague Chicago, and all of them are sites of colleges and universities. So very many thanks. . " Flowers come and go; ivy endures. Page 23 2 Home Again When the time came for me to return home from Chicago, I remembered that Carl Sandburg had once said that Dallas had the worst newspaper coverage of books in the country.
A book lover in Texas by Evelyn Oppenheimer