Minor memoirs, but with a very special, tranquil tone, which should command an audience among older readers. Sub- titled ""A Tapestry of Youth"", these are pieces of considerable charm and gentleness of a childhood in a prairie railroad town some years ago, of the people who came and went, and her parents and the disparity which was a constant in their relationship. Thrifty, matter of fact, methodical in temperament, her mother could never accept her husband's Irish imagination and impracticality, the love of dancing which he had given up to marry her, its resurgence in their child. Here were the casual acquaintances who left their mark -- her Aunt Bridget, excluded by her mother, who intervened in her interest; Eulalie, the roomer, who brought ""happiness around her"" and lent a special enchantment appreciated by both father and daughter; Mrs. Ward, a divorcee, with a red car; Mrs. Orlecky, who had been to Paris and was too alien for small town tastes, and so on. Good special bit of American life.