June 19, 1978 12:00 PM

by Stephen Birmingham

The author of Our Crowd is onto the rich suburbs this time: River Oaks of Houston, Grosse Pointe, Westport, Philadelphia’s Main Line. In a chapter titled “Swinging,” the author writes about Beverly Hills: “Each guest is handed a loose-fitting robe, and is ushered into a dressing room to change. Then, in their robes, the guests proceed into the party, where, among such traditional substances as alcohol and cannabis, a white powder is offered for sniffing.” All of the book is that obvious and silly, mostly about people who are unnamed, unknown or uninteresting. It is tired gossip without wit, bite or relevance. (Harper & Row, $10)

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