From the New Yorker come these stories of Bohemian Sophie and her ambition to become thoroughly American. She is a near counterpart of ""Mama"" in achieving success in her dealings with her family (see page 102), but here the accent is on Americanism, rather than household. The big problem is the drafted son, Frankie, and the illegitimate child he leaves behind him. She makes her mark in the Connecticut community, achieves friendship with a dowager, challenges her neighbors in her rousing speeches on the meaning of patriotism, loyalty and Americanism. Evacuees, relatives from the city, babies out of wedlock, a spy -- all make her life anything but a routine one. But for the reader -- good touches and real enjoyment.