"Life is all about the journey," Mary Erlanger believes, and in this book she-born into the Greatest Generation in Manhattan, Kansas, and drawn, seemingly inevitably, to Manhattan, New York City-narrates stories and offers insights about her long and eventful life. A WAVE officer in World War II, a television-and-radio-network copywriter, a human-rights-and-services advocate in Connecticut, Mary became-in late life-a counselor/psychotherapist specializing in working with older adults and families and teaching others. With aging, she believes, comes "the need to connect the parts of yourself" finding these connections then "turns into the desire to make some kind of record." With this book, she has put that record together for her beloved family-children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild-and friends. The book serves, too, as a reflection of an extraordinary, nearly century-long period of history, seen through the eyes of an adventurous girl who embraced it.