Books: Country Boy

GROWING UP by Russell Baker Congdon& Weed; 278 pages; $15

"I| was issued uneventfully into the governance of Calvin Coolidge," writes Russell Baker in this beguiling memoir.

"World War I was seven years past, the Russian Revolution was eight years old, and the music on my grandmother's wind-up Victrola was Yes, We Have No Bananas. Unaware of history's higher significance, I slumbered through the bliss of in fancy, feeling no impulse whatever to make some thing of myself." He did, eventually. Baker's elegantly literate humor column for the New York Times won the Pulitzer...

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