You are absolutely right, jemoore964----the book was awful, filled with hearsay and innuendoes, many of the things Mr. Pastore just plain made up! I talked on-line with a woman who had been friends with Helene Hanff for a few years before Miss Hanff passed away, and who has been in touch over the years with folks who were close acquaintances of Helene's; they filled in many bits and pieces of this feisty author's life, and this woman was furiouswith Mr. Pastore's so-called "biography", saying it was nothing but garbage (and worse!). I own the book, out of curiosity, and once in a great while, I'll look at it for it's comic value, and nothing more!
That is too bad. I really would have liked to lean more about Helene, but from a more reputable source!