The following books are scheduled to be reviewed this week in the Style section of The Washington Post:
THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICA, By Paul Erdman. Frank Rogers, the president of a California aerospace company, finds himself in the middle of high-level European bribery in this novel set four years in the future, by the author of The Crash of '79. Reviewed by Michael Collins.
UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, by Philip Caraman, S. J. This is the story of one of the great universities of the world, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, founded in 1551 by St. Ignatius Loyola, and the alma mater of 16 popes and innumerable saints. Reviewed by Colman McCarthy.
A BONFIRE, by Pamela Hansford Johnson. This novel by the late Pamela Hansford Johnson is the story of Emma Sheldrake, an innocent but passionate daughter of the British middle class who, in the course of the book, set in the 1920s and '30s, gains experience of the world in the form of three marriages. Reviewed by R L Widmann.
GOLDEN GIRL, by Juan Marse. This novel tells of an aging Spanish man of letters whose writings about the period following the Spanish Civil War are no longer read; he is writing his autobiography, in retreat in the old family house, until he is visited by his spirited niece, who elicits from his life story, partly true, partly fictional. Reviewed by Joseph McLellan.
THE NEXT AMERICA: The Decline and Rise of the United States, by Michael Harrington; photographs by Bob Adelman. The author of The Other America, the book about poverty that helped set the course of the Kennedy administration, here takes a liberal's look at the last two decades and finds more to be hopeful about now than he did then. Reviewed by Joel Garreau.