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One Man’s Family
Growing Up in Peterborough & Other Stories
Sydney M. Williams

2014 • 160 pp. 6 x 9"

$22.50 Paperback, 978-0-87233-175-4

These essays—or as Sydney Williams calls them: “musings”—are evocative of a time and a place—of growing up in a New Hampshire village in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Sydney Williams was the second of nine children whose parents were sculptors and who was raised on a small farm, with horses, goats and chickens—an unconventional life in an unconventional place, but during a conventional time. They include memories of his parents and their families, of books and of skiing.

While they are personal, their message is universal message. It is one of remembrance—the closeness of families and the effect genes and environment have on how we become who we are.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Reading Sydney Williams’s quintessential New England family memoir made me realize that each of us should take the time to “revisit” our personal past, to contemplate what has been and what can be, and to understand the idiosyncrasies and varied characteristics that comprise everyone’s family.”—Martha Stewart

“For years I have jump-started my day by reading Sydney Williams’ trenchant observations on everything from the sorry state of politics to the perplexing state of the economy. But I have to confess that my most enjoyable wake-up call comes when I find one of Sydney’s “musings” about growing up in a big family in rural New Hampshire. His writing reminds me of what I loved about reading and re-reading Russell Baker’s autobiography, Growing Up. It’s not fancy, it’s just true. And in that truth lies pure pleasure.”—Steve Hannah, CEO, The Onion, America’s Finest News Source

“In One Man’s Family, Sydney Williams captures the true spirit of small-town New Hampshire. With his thoughtful memories he opens the doors of relations, community, and economic transition that have turned the mountains and forests of the Northeast into what we love today. Visitors and residents alike will treasure this inside look at the Monadnock Region.”  —P.J. O’Rourke, Author of The Baby Boom: How it Got That Way

SYDNEY M. WILLIAMS left Peterborough in 1956 to go off to school, yet his bonds to Peterborough persist. His brother Willard owns and manages the Toadstool Bookshop. Besides Willard, three sisters—Betsy, Charlotte and Jenny—live nearby.

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