In Claremont Boy, Joe Steinfield shares humorous, insightful, and often poignant recollections spanning more than half a century, recalling his New Hampshire childhood as well as his personal and professional adventures over the years. In this collection of short pieces, readers will meet immigrant grandparents and other relatives, influential public school teachers, personalities as diverse as Julia Child, a Hebrew-speaking Muslim from the Northern Caucasus Republic of Adygeya, Ozzy Osbourne, and a P.L.O. leader from Jericho in the West Bank.
Originally written over several years for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript of Peterborough, New Hampshire, these essays are united by the author’s sense of irony and the unexpected. Whether writing about a caring neighbor, an encounter with governmental bureaucracy, or the surprise endings that often occur in life, Steinfield has taken his storytelling skills and used them to recount a life well lived.
winner of the Caldicott Medal, and author of Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! and A Craving
Joe Steinfield has made himself a master of what The New Yorker used to call “casuals.” You will meet heroes of the Holocaust, find out what became of an inscrutable college roommate, read about Jayne Mansfield’s autographed bra, Joe’s addiction to baseball, and much more. They are distilled studies in character and coincidence, and highly amusing.
author of No One Ever Told Us That
Joe Steinfield magically paints pictures of an earlier, simpler time, unforgettable images of people struggling for and achieving their various American dreams. He will carry you away with his tales, which all give eternal lessons in human nature.
Executive Editor, Religion & Ethics News Weekly
It’s a good thing Joe Steinfield is such a masterful story teller because he has so many wonderful stories to tell. . . . And what comes through these insightful, frequently funny, and often beautiful recollections is how closely Steinfield has paid attention to the events he has experienced, and how appreciative he is of those he has known. Steinfield describes himself as a Claremonter. He is also a wise and eloquent mensch.
chair of the Board, Americans for Campaign Reform
What a joy you will have traveling through Joe Steinfield’s life. You will experience a family who came to America from the Old Country and enveloped Joe with extraordinary support and love. But best of all you’ll share the joy this funny, loving, and successful attorney receives from his friends. It caused me to appreciate my friends more and I’ll bet it will for you too.
dean, University of New Hampshire Law School and former Chief Justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court
Joe’s graciously written short stories capture a time and rhythm that conjure up memories of life in small town America . . . through the effortless modeling of exceptional people.
Joseph Steinfield was born and raised in Claremont, New Hampshire, where he graduated from Stevens High School in 1957. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School. He was formerly a partner at Hill & Barlow in Boston and is currently a member of the Boston firm of Prince Lobel Tye LLP, where he specializes in litigation and media law.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an adjunct professor of law at Boston College Law School and University of New Hampshire Law School. He has also lectured at several universities and has taught American law at two universities in Russia. He and his wife, Virginia Eskin, live in Boston and in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.