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"Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life" (Scribner) by Ann Beattie. Nov. 11
Pat Nixon was the "The Good Wife" of the 1960s and '70s -- the smiling, silent woman who stood beside a reviled politician, making the best of things. But what was she thinking? Beattie, a renowned short story writer, makes a thoughtful guess in her new work. The publisher calls the book "literary criticism," but the liner notes state that Beattie made up scenes and dialogue. Sounds like fiction to me.