Charles Thayer is an experienced raconteur (Bears in the Caviar; Diplomat, etc.) and many will like this mother's daybook of a formidable forebear, told with great bonhomie. Muzzy was an unconventional matriarch and she presided over a large, unconventional, old-fashioned family on the Philadelphia Main Line. She was the sport in this old upperclass Pennsylvania tribe, learned to dive when well on in middle years, fell out of a tree as an old lady, and shocked the stuffy with her untoward opinions which matched her activities. Some of the adventures are not very much more amusing than most family stories as told to an outsider-- the time Daddy brought home those impossible Russian prints, the time Muzzy gave Sissy's beau his comeuppance, the time the raccoons got into the attic-- but then there is an audience for just this kind of home-styled humor and fond filial remembrance. And then there's Muzzy-- she's indestructible too.