I have posted a new Book of the Month for May 2004, Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2d edition, 1994), by Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery. The controversy surrounding this book partook in an odd way of the controversy surrounding Emma Smith as a figure in LDS history. As Joseph's (first) wife, she had firsthand information concerning events associated with the publication of the Book of Mormon and with the murky, private events connected with Joseph's practice of polygamy. She later became a critic of Brigham Young's emergence as leader of the Church in the wake of Joseph's death, punctuated in later years with the ascendance of Joseph Smith III as leader of the RLDS Church.
Given that Sunday was Mother's Day, it is appropriate to quote Joseph Smith III's tribute to his mother Emma, given in the frontpiece to the book (p. v):
My mother [Emma Smith] was one of the best poised women that I ever met. Of the noblest and purest intentions herself, she never submitted to be made a party to anything low, wrong, or evil, was absolutely fearless where the right was concerned, and was a just and generous mother. Her heart never changed toward her children, and her fidelity to them never waivered. It's needless to say that we loved her. (italics in original).