Mircea Vasiliu, whose The Pleasure Is Mine (see p. 769, 1954) told of earlier years, now takes up the thread after his departure from the now Communist Romanian diplomatic world. As a new husband and emergent American and hopeful breadwinner, he tackles the tasks of home-making with his Natalie in a tenement sporting a janitor who holds conversations with himself and a landlady who locks herself out and of beginning a new career from scratch but with style. His adventures at the Art Students' League counterpoint his assault on Madison and Fifth, with sallies into Altman's and The New Yorker and first success as a painter of a threatening but modish backdrop in Russek's windows. A jacket for The Last Resorts and illustrating for an Emily Kimbrough book really see him on his way, and lead to authorship and guest-speaking at ladies' club luncheons across the country. Mixed in are social occasions -- from entertaining Princess Ileana at home- to going to a ball given by Russian nobility- to the contrasting madness of an Art Students' League Beaux Arts ball...At times the smile and substance may be a little thin, but Mr. Vasiliu is always ingratiating.