The Best Friend You'll Ever Have

by Bernard Sloan.Crown, $8.95. Mr. Sloan describes, with bitterness and bonechilling candor, the miseries his family suffered while his mother died of cancer, partly in his house and entirely on his hands. Some of the problems were peculiar to the Sloans—Mama was a fighter who had never forgotten her dog-eat-dog childhood in Russia—but some were due to the medical system, and those are enough to frighten the wits out of a young, healthy orphan.