Coffin has an established audience, and this will strike a spark for them, though I question its extending that reading market. With nostalgia, affection, folksy humor, he introduces some of his favorite people, his uncles, rooted in truth and augmented with fiction. A nice species, these Maine old timers, -- Uncle Shubael, who was unlucky on an epic scale; Uncle Nate who created the doughnut;Uncle Timothy, the scapegoat who disappeared; Uncle Peter who lost seven sons and replaced them; Uncle Amos who was just average; Uncle Walt who told lies, etc. etc. It has a nice quality.