The newspaperman who took over 0.0. McIntyre's column, ""New York Day by Day"" tells the story of his boyhood on a Kansas farm. It is full of the details of monotony and drudgery, the narrowness of farm life. In this atmosphere, the burning desire and determination of Driscoll and one brother to get an education and leave the farm seems even more effective. The book is best when dealing with homey details or the boys' determination to escape; it is weakened by some rather pointless mystical interpolations, intended as commentaries on religion and philosophy. Except as a heartening story of two ambitious kids- and some comments on rural education- it is pretty dull going.