In this sensitive portrait of Olivia Langdon Clemens, the co-authors of Beloved Botanist (1961, 734, J-258) appear to be accurate in every detail. Worth-while use of direct sources (much of the dialogue is taken from Mark Twain's autobiography) and skillful writing have resulted in a stimulating, moving biography. The personalities of the Clemens' three daughters are distinct and the delightful atmosphere of the Hartford home is captured. Sparks of Mark Twain's unsurpassable humor appear on almost every page, and often provide an excellent foil to Livy's more formal reserve. Young readers should find this view of a family, which knew the extremes of all-encompassing grief and exuberant success, fascinating and enjoyable.