Books: Nostalgia

BIG FAMILY — Bellamy Partridge —Whittlesey House ($2.75).

"If you're the man I think you are," said the agent who sold Bellamy Partridge's father a 16-room house, "you'll fill every room in that house inside of ten years." It took 13 years. Big Family, a sequel to Author Partridge's best-selling Country Lawyer, is a total recall of family jokes, family stories and the intramural mores of Father, Mother, Grandma and eight little Partridges from the time the youngest was born until the last has left the upstate New York nest. As bucolic Americana...

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