LONDONDERRY - When Jeanne Heffron was growing up on a small farm near the village of South Londonderry, she didn't imagine she would someday record her unique stories from those years. Almost 60 years later, she began the project for her daughters. The number of stories grew, becoming enough for a book.

The result is her memoir, "Down to Derry: Coming of Age in Vermont."

With candor, humor, and poignancy, Heffron tells of the joys and realities of farm life; adventure and peril on horseback; shocking events at school; an uncertain parental relationship; brotherly love and rivalry; even her introduction to tragedy while still remembering sweet days and memorable citizens in South Derry.

Jeanne Heffron Slawson now lives in Maryland. She is a former art consultant; returned to school, changed careers, becoming area Director of Career Services for the YWCA. She then maintained a private practice, "Career Perspectives," until her retirement. During her career, she was a consultant and trainer in career choice and transition, and a member of many professional organizations; more recently, she has been active in local arts and community service groups.

Down to Derry: Coming of Age in Vermont is available in paperback (list price, $12. 95) and ebook (list, $4. 99) on Kindle, Nook, and Apple iBook; both versions have numerous black-and-white photos. To learn more, go to Books on www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com.