Rosenthal (philosophy, CUNY) provides an exploration of her early adult experiences as "a narrative about the influence of ideas on the narrator." While she recounts compellingly experiences like her first love affair as a graduate student in 1950s Paris and her entanglement with a charismatic and controlling Gnostic Christian, she does not offer a thorough or particularly compelling analysis of these "conversions." Rosenthal is the daughter of Henry Rosenthal (The Consolations of Philosophy, Temple Univ. Pr., 1989), whose work she capably edited after his death. This memoir does not lack editing, but for the price, the author's theory about the influence of ideas could have been served with more space and attention than it gets here.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., Cal.