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Review: Oscar Winner James Ivory Delivers Patchy Memoir

This cover image released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux shows "Solid Ivory" by James Ivory. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux via AP)
This cover image released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux shows "Solid Ivory" by James Ivory. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux via AP)

(AP) -- “Solid Ivory: Memoirs” by James Ivory (Farrar, Straus and Giroux):

Film director James Ivory knows how to tell a story and engage an audience. His most popular and critically acclaimed costume dramas — “A Room with a View,” “Howards End” and “The Remains of the Day” — earned him three Oscar nominations. So it is odd that the second half of the famed Merchant Ivory film company could write a foundering second half to his memoir.