Sure fire -- it might have been cut from the same cloth as Life With Father, and people will be comparing notes over which is their favorite of the two. Though the emphasis is on his mother, his father emerges as clear-cut and tangy as ever. Gentle humor, sympathetically objective, occasional satire with the velvet glove, a perfect picture of two people and a background. There is more of the homes and the details of living, perhaps, than in the first book. To get the special and distinctive flavor of this one, read Mother and Bessie Skinner's Ring and Father Brightens the Sick-Room. Some of the material has appeared in The New Yorker. The manuscript was complete before Clarence Day's death and the decision then made to do it in two books.