An extraordinary collection of true stories, original in the telling, sometimes humorous, sometimes revealing in a picture of the past, written with verve and understanding. Most of them deal with the New England pioneers from which stock the author springs; three are stories of contemporary America. Stories of people, of character and ideas- an exciting collection. Now and again there's a surprise twist. There are community stories and family stories of Americans, then and now, good and bad, clever and strong, weak and foolish.