An autobiography that will appeal to readers who are passionately attached to the Jalna books (there are many) who will relish this warm, intimate, friendly introduction to their creator. Mazo de la Roche confesses to having used her family for some of the attributes of the Whiteoaks, but there is no semblance of parallel in her own life- or in the actual incidents surrounding the family. Or mixed Irish- French- English- and loyalist American blood, the members of her family were- she says- good looking nonentities. But she manages to make them very real, and the constant shifting of habitat, from Toronto to various lake shores, and later to England and America provides a kaleidoscopic background. There is little of particular significance in famous people known- or important world events- but there is a constant sharing of a writer's growth to maturity -- of best sellers in the making. Beyond the author's own coterie, I question an outside market.