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Subtitled Adventures of a Naturalist's Wife, this continues the story her husband began in the well-liked Logbook For Grace (Macmillan -- 1947) and tells her side of a life with a dedicated scientist which was a happy marriage as well. From their meeting, to their wedding and the immediate trip Bob took to South Georgia, which inspired the Logbook, and on to the family of three children, Alison, Bob, Jr., and Amos and the problem that arouse when they decided to travel with their father. The economic juggling and intense shoe-string travel which afforded them so many years of new horizons, the strengthening of family roots, the types of living they experienced, the demands of Bob's career- all these are in the picture of the years on the move, from 1912 to 1947. With Peru their first stop, in which they followed Bob's earlier footsteps, they wandered to Chile, Scandinavia, Europe, Ireland, across the United States by motor camp and plane, back to Ecuador, Venezuela, and eventually Mrs. Murphy had a dream come true when she was able to join her husband on an antarctic expedition. There is much of the people they meet through Bob's work -- at conventions, congresses, etc., -- fellow enthusiasts and students of ornithology, helpful friends and attentive travelling companions; the rewards of shared enjoyments and of Bob's success in his field; the constant attention to a marriage where a husband is a man apart. There is a tenderness of relationships, and exuberance of living, and depth of understanding that takes this far beyond just a travel book -- it is rather a very special family portrait.

Pub Date: March 28th, 1951
Publisher: Harper