God Bless Pawnbrokers

byPeter Schwed. Dodd, Mead, $7.95. Chatty, amusing, unpretentious reminiscences of life with The Provident Loan Society of New York, undoubtedly the world’s most lovable uncle. Mr. Schwed’s account of this unlikely charity—for it is indeed a charitable institution in good standing—arouses a positive itch to hock something.