So I will put this book on the "keeper" list. Not the "you have to have this book" list - see below. Now, just for my own entertainment, I'm going to rank the other books of hers that I have read.
In the "You have to have this book" category, there is only one: Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, written with Cornelia Otis Skinner. Seriously, everyone should have a copy of this book.
In my "Really good - worth looking for" category, I would put most of her memoirs:
- How Dear to My Heart - life as a child in Muncie, Indiana, before the Great War
- Through Charley's Door - entering the working world in the 1920s
- ....It Gives Me Great Pleasure - her career as a speaker, touring small-town America in the 1940s
- We Followed Our Hearts to Hollywood - this one about traveling to Hollywood with Cornelia Otis Skinner to write a screenplay of Our Hearts Were Young and Gay just squeaks in. She tries too hard to be funny in the beginning, but it gets better once they arrive in California and set to work.
- Now and Then
The best of the travelogues:
- Water, Water Everywhere - I really enjoyed this account of a visit to Greece
- Pleasure by the Busload - a tour of Portugal
A bit "meh" but readable and mildly amusing in spots:
- Forty Plus and Fancy Free - a driving tour of Italy and a trip to London for Queen Elizabeth's Coronation
- Time Enough - a canal-boat trip in Ireland
- The Innocents from Indiana - a memoir of her family's move to Chicago when she was eleven (I was really disappointed in this one)
- Floating Island - a canal-boat trip in France (despite Cornelia Otis Skinner being one of the party)
- And a Right Good Crew - a canal-boat trip in Great Britain
- Forever Old, Forever New - a return to Greece
Avoid like the proverbial plague: So Near and Yet So Far - a tour of Louisiana (I'm not even sure why I still own a copy of this)