cover image I'll Take It

I'll Take It

Paul Rudnick. Ballantine Books, $5.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-345-36225-4

Hedy Reckler, her older sisters Ida and Pola, and her layabout son, Joe, take off on a multi-state shopping spree. ``From the double-edged title to its last line, Rudnick's new novel spotlights its author's comic gifts even more vividly than did his hilarious, cartoonish debut, Social Disease ,'' lauded PW. (May)