Fifty-one pieces about New York State by Carl Carmer include a garden variety of ""undefined gleanings."" There are pieces about the country, upstate and down; about its institutions, Chautauqua, the Baseball Museum at Cooperstown; about its people, poetizing farmers, rattlesnake hunters, mountain climbers, Shakers, Mormons, Perfectionists. There are personal mementoes (""The Civil War and Me"") and memorials to great men, Melancthon Woolsey Stryker of Hamilton, fellow classmate John Weaver the poet, La Guardia. There are the stories of the waters (the Hudson, the Erie Canal, Lake Champlain) and the mountains (the Catskills, the Adirondacks), of causes lost (the Indians) and won (Boscobel, a house), and of ghosts well known and local. In New York City there is the mad poet of Broadway, the years of Grace Church. There are reviews and dialect stories and now and then a poem. All are written with fluency that makes for easy pick-up, and put-down, reading.