The Complete Book of Kites and Kite Flying, by Will Yoken. [Fireside, $4.95]. From the complexities of gigantic tetrahedrons, to the simplest scott sled, you can make it and fly. The blueprints are here, along with the skinny on kite festivals and kite-related activities such as hang-gliding and kite fishing.
Go Fly a Kite: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Making and Flying Kites, by Edward F. Dolan, Jr. [Cornerstone, $295]. More on the of subject of kites. This little book supplies the basics on how and why kites fly in the first place, plus instructions on how to build 45 different types.
The Diary of a Writer, by F.M. Dostolevsky. Translated by Boris Brasol. With a new introduction by Joseph Frank. nPeregrine Smith, *1495). Near the end of his life Dostoevsky published a monthly column in which he poured forth his political philisophy, ideas for stories and novels, and the storms that plagued his soul, all in an effort to establish a spiritual communion with his readers.
The Mystery Story, edited by John Ball (Penguin, $295). A collection of essays, written by authorities on various aspects of crime fiction-the preferred recreation of noble minds.
The Age of the Fish, by Odon von Horvath. Translated by R.Wills Thomas (Popular Library, $2.25(. a 1939 semi-classic, an allegory of fascism, about the murder of a schoolboy on a camping trip.
Race for the Presidency: The Media and the Nombating Process, edited by James David Barber (Spectrum, $4995). Essays by various bands on how politicians meet the press.
Great Baseball Stories, edited by Jerry D. Lewis; Showdown:Baseball's Ultimate Confrontations, by Stan Fischier; Grand Stammers: Rice, Luzinski, Foster, Hisle, by Bill Gutman; Baseball's Hall of Fame, by Ken Smith (Tepo/Grosset & Dunlap, $1.95, $1.50, $1.50, $1.95). Stories, famous games, home run hitters, and the all-time greats of what isstill the best sport in America.
Play It As It Lays, and Slouchhing Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion (Touchstone, $3.95 each). The first is a novel of a young woman's life in the cold and unreal world of Hollywood; the second is a collection of essays and Magazine articles Didion wrote during the '60s.
Paris Was Yesterday: 1925-1939, by Janet Flanner (Genet), edited by living Drutman (Penguin, $2.95). For over 40 years Flanner made reportage into a small art, composing brief filers or book-length profiles with an eye for the piquant, macabre and elegant, in a style marked by exactness and telling detail.