Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has written a book that will be published simultaneously in the United States and the Soviet Union in order "to speak directly" to people throughout the world, Harper & Row said yesterday.
The publishing house said the book, "Perestroka: Our Hopes for Our Country and the World," will go on sale Nov. 20. Perestroka is Russian for "restructuring."
"This book is not a scientific treatise, nor a base of propaganda," said Gorbachev through a Harper & Row spokesman. "... This book is about our plans and how we are going to implement them." The Soviet leader said he hoped to reach people "everywhere about matters that concern us all."
Harper & Row, and William Collins PLC, which will publish the book in Britain, will arrange for translations from English to other languages. The American publisher said the first half of the book deals with the development of Gorbachev's programs in the Soviet Union and the second with the world at large.
The Newest McEnroe
Actress Tatum O'Neal, wife of tennis star John McEnroe, gave birth to their second son Wednesday in Manhattan. A New York University Medical Center spokesman said Sean Timothy McEnroe was born at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday and weighed in at 7 pounds 15 ounces.
Both O'Neal, 23, and the baby were reported to be in "fine" condition, and the hospital spokesman said the young couple were "delighted that the baby was healthy."
"I'm happy and relieved everything went well," McEnroe said. "I look forward to getting Tatum and Sean home." Sean's brother, Kevin John, is 16 months old.
McEnroe, 28, withdrew from a tournament in Los Angeles this week to be present for the birth.
Why so many celebrities fall into the clutches of the restaurant business, one will never know. This time it's former Beatle Ringo Starr who's taking the jump.
Expected to join him for tonight's opening of his new place in Atlanta, the Brasserie, will be his coowner, former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman, and singer Rod Stewart.
Another coowner, Alan Lubin, said the British-style restaurant, in the Peachtree Center complex, will be geared to upscale residents and tourists. "In the '50s and '60s, a place like this would be just for bankers," he said, gesturing around at the brass, beveled glass and original artwork in the cafe'. "Now you'll see bankers here, and you'll also see the kid who was banging his head the night before."
Jane Fonda Dislocates Her Shoulder
Actress Jane Fonda, who is promoting an exercise videocassette on treating minor sports injuries, dislocated her left shoulder this week when she fell off her bicycle, her press agent said.
Fonda, 49, had a pin inserted in her shoulder after her accident Wednesday in Los Angeles and is resting comfortably, the agent said.
The actress, whose exercise videocassettes may be found in living rooms across the land, was forced to cancel a trip to New York to promote her new tape. "Her fall was not a publicity stunt," her agent said.
Sen. Lowell Weicker (R-Conn.) was hospitalized yesterday for kidney stones, his office said.
A spokesman for the senator said Weicker, 56, who lives in Alexandria, was driven to Bethesda Naval Medical Center at 6:30 a.m. by his wife, Claudia, after complaining of discomfort.
Weicker's office said the senator tried to return to the Senate yesterday, where amendments to the defense authorization bill were being considered, but doctors advised Weicker to remain hospitalized.
Judicial Taste in Movies
This week's City Paper asks if one can judge Judge Robert Bork's character by his taste in movies. With all the hot debate going on over the Supreme Court nominee, the weekly gained access to the records from the video store where Bork and his wife are members. A fondness for British movies and favorite actor Cary Grant was revealed; other offerings include two movies about judges -- "First Monday in October," a comedy about the Supreme Court, and "The Star Chamber," a film about a judge who turns vigilante. -- Compiled from staff and wire reports by Moira Mulligan