Author Bill Babcock’s new book “‘Gems’ in a Stone Yard” is an entertaining memoir of his experiences growing up at his father’s California-based masonry supply company

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Recent release “‘Gems’ in a Stone Yard: Finding Wisdom in Semi-Ordinary People” from Page Publishing author Bill Babcock is a lighthearted collection of descriptive portraits memorializing the unforgettable characters and personalities who worked at the Coast Flagstone Company in the sixties and seventies. From laborers to factory and office workers, police officers, and salesmen, the kaleidoscope of personalities and wealth of life experience he encountered shared insights that have shaped his life to this day.

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Bill Babcock, a seventh-generation Californian now living in Nampa Idaho, a married father of two grown children who was involved in many diverse activities while growing up in urban Los Angeles and beyond, including gang behavior, drug and alcohol abuse, being a biker, high school and college football, playing drums in a band, arrests and court appearances, and amateur and pro boxing and officiating while managing to earn degrees in teaching and school administration, has completed his new book “‘Gems’ in a Stone Yard: Finding Wisdom in Semi-Ordinary People”: a nostalgic reflection on the myriad life lessons imparted by the colorful characters working at and around the Coast Flagstone Company.

Read about people, places, and events that will make you cry or just laugh out loud. It will amaze you that these stories actually happened. Human nature can be so entertaining, and this book will capture your imagination and keep you reading.

Published by Page Publishing, Bill Babcock’s engrossing book is a timeless and warmhearted portrait of humanity.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “‘Gems’ in a Stone Yard: Finding Wisdom in Semi-Ordinary People” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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