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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Erica Heller
This year has been a season of memoirs written by the daughters of the famous: Alexandra Styron's "Reading My Father," about William Styron, and Katharine Weber's "The Memory of All That," about her grandmother Kay Swift and George Gershwin. Joining them is Erica Heller, novelist and creative consultant, piecing together the puzzle of her father, Joseph Heller, who used his experience of flying missions over France during World War II as the inspiration for his most famous (and lasting) 1961 novel.
She recounts the story of her parents' first meeting at a dance in the Catskills, when Grandma Dottie Held approached the cocky young Heller and said, "Have I got a girl for you!"
"The Apthorp had been inextricably linked to my parents' marriage," she writes, "and the thread had been strong and sure, interlaced with complete logic, and yet also total and absolute nuttiness."