The following books are available at the Portales Public Library:
Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest Son, His Wife, Their Baby, Their Toddler, and Their Five-Year-Old Came to Live with Us for Three Months.
By Judith Viorst
After Alexander’s famously bad day, he eventually grew up, got married and is now the father of three. Did you know that Judith Viorst is Alexander’s mother? This is the story of what happens when Alexander and his family move into his parent’s house for three month’s while theirs is being renovated. It is also the story of what happens to Judith’s passion for neatness, devotion to schedules, and her compulsive yearning to offer advice. What happens is controlled and sometimes uncontrolled chaos as lives and routines are turned upside down, but not only did the families survive, they relished their extended visit. With her characteristic sparkle and wit, Judith Viorst opens our eyes to the joys of multigenerational family living and the unexpected opportunities that arise with it.
The Christmas Pearl
By Dorothea Benton Frank
Theodora is the matriarch of a family that has grown into a bunch of knuckleheads. She’s finally gotten them all together for Christmas, but it looks nothing like the extravagant, homey holidays of her childhood. Theodora longs for the days when Christmas meant tables groaning with home-cooked goodies, over-the-top decorations and long chats in front of the fire with Pearl, her grandmother’s beloved housekeeper and confidante.
By Richard North Patterson
A handsome and charismatic senator from Ohio, Corey Grace, is plunged into a fierce presidential primary by an act of terrorism. Grace insists on voting his own conscience rather than the party line which has earned him a reputation as an unpredictable iconoclast. Grace is still haunted by a tragic mistake buried deep in his past and now his integrity will be put to the test in the most brutal of political contests, in which nothing in his present or past life is off-limits. Ultimately, the race leads to a deadlocked party convention where Grace must resolve the conflict between his feelings and his presidential ambitions and decide just who and what he is willing to sacrifice.