In the thanks to “Getting the Pretty Back,” the long-deceased John Cheever makes a surprise appearance. “Not only for reminding us of the ‘salvation of prose,’ ” she writes, “but for inadvertently and fortuitously leading me to my husband through the elegance of his prose.” Ringwald’s husband is a writer and editor; quotes from Cheever are included in Ringwald’s book, with his estate’s permission.  (Via Jacket Copy)

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