by Doubleday, $7.95..
The title is misleading, in a way, because Mr. Catton’s boyhood is not the central subject of his book. His own experiences are hardly more than an excuse for a history of his part of Michigan, mercilessly exploited by lumber companies, and of the village of Benzonia, where a group of idealists attempted to establish, of all things, a college modeled on Oberlin. Mr. Catton wastes no time on the romance of the frontier. The area around Benzonia “passed from lusty adolescence to an uneasy senility,” and what interests the author are the various forces that brought about this undesirable progress. Any reader concerned about the direction our society follows will also be interested.