September 11, 1978 12:00 PM

by Phil Grout

Plains, Ga. is not one of the photogenic wonders of the world, but it offers abundant clichés for cameramen in search of weathered ruins, small boys in swimming holes and people sittin’ ’round doin’ nothin’. The text has a lot of quaint observations like “His massive hands caress the delicate fig leaves, the tomato plants, the grape arbor. They are healing hands.” Plains’ most famous citizen is included, of course, hugging his way through town. The major flaw is that the book is printed on deep ivory-colored paper; all the photos look as if they had been shot during a Depression dust storm. (Stemmer House, $9.95 paperback)

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