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Late Bloomer: A Memoir of School Days
by Nathaniel Bickford

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“As a former fellow denizen of Westchester suburbia of the 1950s who spent forty years in the independent school world, I can happily validate that every word of this thoughtful and evocative memoir rings true. Plus it is beautifully written! ”


“Amazon Customer Review - Late in his life a lawyer with a distinguished career looks back on his schooling and in doing so uncovers two incidences that shaped his college and early career and perhaps his whole life. The son of a lawyer with one older brother Nathaniel Bickford was an average student who was privileged to attend private schools. He spent his days playing tennis and idolizing his hero, Gil Hodges, but he was also a serious reader. He would eventually shine as a writer for the school paper in his Junior and Senior years at Williston Academy. His experiences at two private college prep schools included incidences that he shares in both intimate and dramatic fashion. In some respects this memoir can be compared with the fictional account in A Separate Peace, but it is different in many ways and it is a very personal story. Bickford's memoir is well-written and a seemingly honest reflection on the impact of school masters who went beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior. That he survived and flourished in the remainder of his life is a testament to his determination and values. I found his story both interesting and moving. ”

—James Henderson
Chicago, Illinois

“I loved the book, well written, to the point and enjoyable ”


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Late Bloomer

ISBN 978-0-9755557-3-6 24.95
2008 • 256 pages

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