These are the author's journals whose focus is the making of her book, The Friendly Persuasion, into a moving picture and, after ten years of false alarms, it begins with yet another possibility which this time follows through. For William Wyler not only wants to do the picture, he also wants her to do the first script. So there are stays in Hollywood, discussions about situations and characters, casting and eventually costumes; there is a period of disassociation and a return to write the shooting script and be technical advise; there is the first day of shooting and the questions that only she, as Quaker and author, can answer; then there is the viewing of what has been done when she sees parts of her story on the screen. But there is more than that, for these journals are ""interior conversations"" -- of an idea, phrase, thought that is followed through in solitude; they follow her migraines, the causes, effects and release; they recall parts of her life and writings, her family, tuberculosis, marriage and self knowledge; they explore her experiences with Quakers of diverse habits; they mirror her response to people, books, professional and daily life. It's absorbing and honest, perceptive and personal, and needs no help from the picture now playing.