The my-life-is-an-open-book approach for the story of the Polish ghetto-born Anzia Yezierska who, after the publication of her first novel in the 20's, found herself transplanted from the pushcarts and pawnshops of New York's lower East Side to the glamor of Hollywood, where she was known as the ""Sweatshop Cinderella"". There she met Rupert Hughes, Elinor Glyn, Will Rogers, among others, but turned down a second contract since she felt ill at ease, out of place, and unsure of her ability to write to specifications. She goes back in time to her love for John Morrow, an older, married man, and his rejection of her which gave her writing career its start and its drive. She follows down to the depression years which forced her on the W.P.A., and then to New Hampshire where once again she was unequal to an environment unnatural to her background. A rather spotty autobiographical account of a life of little general (and bygone) interest, this is embarassing in its intensity and undisciplined emotionalism.