"The author of this ravishing book is the novelist in Simone de Beauvoir at thirty-something. Her travel diary recordswith fresh, hungry, sensuous curiositythe cultural climate of postwar America just before the Cold War closed down. No writer could be better company in that complex, vanished world than Simone de Beauvoir."Diane Middlebrook
"Simone de Beauvoir in NY in 1947: Like all Europeans she begins to lament the obviousthe hard edges, the crude self-involvement, the absence of café lifeand then suddenly she gives herself up to the aloneness of the city with a responsiveness astonishing for the brilliance it generates. Fifty years later it is still exciting to be in her company as she discovers unexpected love for the capital of the new world."Vivian Gornick
...de Beauvoir is more often a lover than a scold, and her affection for American generosity and optimism is contagious.