Friday, October 5, 2012


Written by Alice Conner Selfridge,
 edited by Douglas Winslow Cooper

A child of the 1930s, and the youngest of eleven children, Alice tells of growing up in a small rural community in Massachusetts. She relates the ups and downs of a large family in the hard times of the Depression and the WWII years, when “going without” was an accepted and necessary way of life. Her vignettes are sure to provide the young reader with insight and awe, while provoking fond (and not so fond) memories for the older readers.

The author tells, with humor, about being raised in the years when entertainment was “self-made” and captures the reader’s interest when relating stories about growing up in a home without a bathroom. She brings to them the childhood fantasies she experienced when making the scary trips to the “two-holer” and the “abominable cellar” where the food was stored. She tells of her fear, as she had to, reluctantly, reach her hand into “the cave” where the creepy shriveled, stringy-haired things grew.

Visit the home where the father ruled with strictness and firm discipline, and the mother made things seem better with home-baked pies. Share the joy of semi-annually receiving a new pair of shoes or discovering a “musical mousetrap” in the back room off the kitchen. Learn of the warmth, love, and squabbles that were shared with ten brothers and sisters, in spite of the hard times.

Published October 4, 2012.
Available in paperback from Outskirts Press,,

Other books our group has published or that are in press:

 by Douglas Winslow Cooper and Marie Elizabeth Foglia

 by Lenny Golino and Douglas Winslow Cooper

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