New Memoir of Boyhood Pins Down Vital Elements of Unique, American Way

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Phillip Eldridge Williams’ “Boyhood Impressions” speaks from close to the bone and tells a passionate tale of hard growing up years with the dexterity and ingenuity of an American original

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Growing up in a poor family, a poor community, and a poor state is no unusual set of circumstances that has produced many positive and fortunate outcomes in the lives of people everywhere. Phillip Eldridge Williams’ Boyhood Impressions fishes from the creek banks with the dexterity and ingenuity of an American original. Close to the bone and tell it like it is, Williams’ writing ferrets out the way things worked during his boyhood idyll in North Carolina.

The author had an innate drive to overcome and a conviction that, surely, the things he saw of society in his boyhood need not be the way to go in the course of attaining experience and wisdom. No matter the depth of depravity the author found in various places and things while growing up, he intuitively knew the assets which he could take advantage of. These are all from the “Creek Bank School of Learning,” where the author and his childhood companions honed themselves for life in the outside world. Native intelligence, exceptional physical coordination (which includes the ability to run fast), a deprived father’s sports background, a wonder and curiosity that developed out of necessity and a love for nature were the qualities of life as the author and his friends found it on their riverside playground. This gave them an identity and a belief in what they knew which, for the author, propelled him into military life and beyond. Ultimately those deep questions that stayed with him from boyhood would turn into a philosophy as life taught him to become a man.

Apart from championing the cause of literature in the American heartland, Boyhood Impressions is a rarity in that it chronicles in close detail the never-ending hardships and challenges of the place with an obvious lack of resentment. What’s more, it is done as a matter of course, an accepted fact of everyday which, if done well and correctly, might bring on a better set of circumstances. The author holds to a dream that is not impractical, a passion for the American ideals of hard work, progress, and being self-made.

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About the Author
Phillip Eldridge Williams holds the Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and the Silver Beaver Award in the Boy Scouts of America. After serving thirty-four years in the ministry of the United Methodist Church, the author and his wife Beverly have retired to live in a small modest home in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they deeply enjoy their little hideaway. He is an avid sailor, and on Monday’s, he can be found on the nearby lake hoisting the sail and manning the jib with his wife. The author’s goals are to continue to hike the Appalachian Trail, finish several writing projects, and shoot his age in a round of golf.

Boyhood Impressions * by Phillip Eldridge Williams
Life on the Creekbanks
Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 229 pages; 978-1-4771-5831-9
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