Nathalie Dana, wife of architect Richard Dana, recalls the years of her girlhood before and shortly after the turn of the century in what was then the mallish city of New York. The geography alone is fun: Lexington Avenue in the 's was ""the country"", Park Avenue too far east to be fashionable, 34th Street too far out of town for profitable commercial enterprise. But even more absorbing is the story of the gentle but irrevocable revolution in New York's social and cultural attitudes from the time when it wasn't ""nice"" for a woman to think to the early, dedicated days of schools that taught girls the same subjects their brothers studied; from the period when ""Home on the Range"" was considered suitable musical fare for the cultivated gentry through the Damroschs' courageous--and successful, after a struggle--effort to establish the music of Wagner and Brahms. Here are many of the great names of New York City's past--Commodore Vanderbilt and Mrs. Astor, Mary Garden and Teddy Roosevelt--and many of the episodes, great and small, that contributed to the making of its present. A delightful book for those of us who are incurable New Yorkers.