Books: Something for the Bride

LOGBOOK FOR GRACE (290 pp.)—Robert Cushman Murphy—Macmillan ($4).

The chance of sailing to the Antarctic in a whaling and sealing vessel seemed a fine opportunity—for some other scientist. The year was 1911, Robert Cushman Murphy was only 24, and he wanted nothing to interfere with his wedding the following June. But his girl, with a fine mixture of feminine self-sacrifice and intelligent opportunism, stepped up the marriage date and then loaned her husband for a year to the American Museum of Natural History.

Logbook for Grace is the diary Murphy kept for his wife that...

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