“I’m tired of being thought of as Miss Goody Two-Shoes,” she says in the prologue of Doris Day: Her Own Story (above), to be published by Morrow in January. It was Oscar Levant who once said about Dodo, “I knew her before she was a virgin.” And so, with the help of A.E. Hotchner, she has decided to let the whole world know about those days. Along with her own recollections are interviews with son Terry Melcher, James Cagney, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, Ross Hunter, Rock Hudson and James Garner.
Erich Segal, 38 (below), classics scholar, teacher, marathon runner and author of Love Story, struck out in 1973 with novel No. 2, Fairy Tale. In June Harper and Row will publish Oliver’s Story—the further adventures of the hero of Love Story. The new novel begins 18 months after Jenny’s death. Then, while running in the park, Oliver Barrett IV meets blond Marcie Nash—but can he forget Jenny? (Cybill Shepherd, are you listening?)
B.F. Skinner (below) achieved fame by putting rats—and even his own daughter—in boxes to condition their behavior. His Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971) argued that society could no longer afford freedom, and control over man’s conduct and culture was essential. Now Dr. Skinner has written Particulars of My Life, to be published by Knopf in April. It covers only the first 24 years of his, so far, controversial 71.
In 1972 Barry Commoner (below) wrote The Closing Circle, an indictment of technology for its destructive effect on the world. The environmentalist’s new book, The Poverty of Power, to be published in May by Knopf, describes the hard choices in energy, ecology and economics that lie ahead. Born in Brooklyn, now a resident of suburban St. Louis, the 58-year-old biologist is considered the most outspoken scientific voice in the ecology movement.
Gore Vidal has set out to recreate a crucial year in a historical novel called 1876. It was the year that Grant’s party “stole” the presidential election from Tilden, the Reconstruction collapsed, and the frontier opened wide. Vidal’s hero is a writer who returns to the U.S. from Europe to cover the Centennial and the election for a New York newspaper. The novel, due in March from Random House, also marks 30 years since Vidal was first published.
Barbara Howar (above), who proved in Laughing All the Way that blondes with brains can be frank and funny, has written a novel, Making Ends Meet, to be published in April by Random House. It’s about a divorced woman with two children, glamour, connections, “faced with surviving in a sex-obsessed world without the perfect mate.” Howar lives in Washington, D.C. with her two children. She’s divorced, but any resemblance, as they say…