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‘Middlesex Memories’ to be published Nov. 1

The book cover of “Middlesex Memories” by photographer Charles W. Dunlevy.
Beginning Nov. 1, Rap-pahannock Press in Urbanna will have available “Middlesex Memories,” the latest book of Urbanna author and columnist Mary Wakefield Buxton.

This is Buxton’s 11th  book. It is a collection of stories that extol life and values of rural Virginia where simple pleasures abound and happiness is delivered up, not in journeys to exotic places, but in one’s very own back yard.

The book includes stories of small-town heroes such as the late General Lewis “Chesty” Puller, and his son, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lewis Puller Jr.; world famous novelist William Styron, who spent his high school years at Christchurch School; Father John Boddie, a country priest  who occasionally disagreed with Papal teaching but was fervently loved by his parish; Syd Thrift, a native son who grew up to play minor league baseball and become general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Lee Weber, the first woman ever elected to the position of supervisor in Middlesex County; and many others that are interspersed into a rich tapestry with beloved dogs, brilliant sunsets over the Rappahannock River, small town parades, special rites at Christ Church, children, grandchildren, and all the other cherished ingredients of small-town life.

Buxton blends humor and wit along with her ever present sense of tragedy: beloved dogs, family and friends die, generals fade away into the annals of history, storms come racing down the river to temporally obliterate sunshine and wreak havoc on the land, but there is always tomorrow and a return to happiness.

The cover—a montage of General Lewis “Chesty” Puller, supervisor Lee Weber and Father John Boddie against the background of the Bell Tower at Christchurch School—symbolizes the great leaders  of Middlesex County. It was designed by local photographer Charles W. “Bunny” Dunlevy.

“Middlesex Memories” will be available for $15 at the Southside Sentinel in Urbanna and book stores, or it can be ordered by sending a check for $18 to cover postage and tax to Rappahannock Press Inc., P.O. Box 549, Urbanna, VA 23175.  The author will sign books on request. For more information, visit

posted 10.21.2009

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