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December 30, 1994 | ALEX RAKSIN, Alex Raksin is deputy editor of The Times Book Review
With the exception of "The Road Ahead" (Viking)--a literary trip down the Information Superhighway with super-driver/billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates (due out in April)--most of 1995's major books ring of nostalgia. The memories are often sweet. In Jamaica Kincaid's new novel, "The Autobiography of My Mother" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a 70-year-old West Indian woman looks back on the rich relationships that have given meaning to her life (out in August). In Isabel Allende's memoir, "Paula" (HarperCollins)
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December 15, 1994 | JULIE SAWYER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Here in sunny Southern California, "The Look" has always been casual. Peoplewear jeans almost everywhere, even to the theater, fine restaurants and parties. If you are one of those women who love to dress up, you're either terribly frustrated or you're making plans to move to New York. But the holiday season does offer a brief window of opportunity for you.
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April 15, 1994 | JILL GERSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The fall shows that ended here Wednesday won't go down in history as a compendium of the most uninspired, sleazy and at times absurd fashions, but not for designers' lack of trying. Never have designers dithered so much over hemlines and silhouettes and fabrics--will neoprene ball gowns herald the new millennium?--only to come up with solutions that grown-up, modern women have no earthly use for.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1994 | ROBERT LEVINE
When Heidi Ellis and Debra Stern were planning their unconventional wedding ceremony, it never occurred to them that their celebration would gain the attention of the motion picture academy. Ellis and Stern, both now 30-year-old social workers living in San Diego, were approached two years ago by Elaine Holliman, then a graduate student at USC Film School. Holliman asked if she could make a short documentary about the two lesbians' commitment ceremony, which they had planned for Nov.
NEWS
March 17, 1994 | JAMES GILDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and a few grandparents wereassembled in a half circle around a television and videocassette recorder in a large meeting room at the Ventura Church of the Foothills. This eclectic group of about 40 ran the gamut from freshly scrubbed twentysomethings to at least one octogenarian. In the center of the proceedings were Harold and Suzanne Stern of Camarillo. It was the video of their daughter Debra's wedding that was first on the evening's playlist.
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