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Stein’s exuberant pronouncements on art and artists, though justly famous, are only a part of the pleasure of her surprisingly disarming memoir of Parisian life in the early 20th century. Consider this (hardly Steinian) analogy: like her war truck, a modern American thing, Toklas is reliably unreliable, frequently diverted and arrested, and tremendously well-loved. Unlike Hemmingway’s gossipy Feast, the Autobiography is a communal repast— literary, stylish, and, like Alice, an ideal life companion.