Philosophic shorts on life and death, manners, people and nature, by a man whose work brought him into contact with many people. Widely read, widely known in the literary world, Mr. Adams brings to these short studies, a true honesty and homeliness of observation. His friendships were to him ""better than gold"". He quotes from many authors, and illustrates his points by stories of his friends and fellow authors, some well known, others ""just folks"". A book with the sort of appeal of a David Grayson, with an Edgar Guest angle for the masses. There is value of a sort in the references to famous people, for his anecdotes and quotations may drive many to searching in the realm of literature for the sources of statements which may titillate their curiosity. Gift book -- guest room bedside table sort of item.