Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days by Judith Viorst audiobook

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, and Their Baby, Their Toddler, and Their Five-Year-Old Came to Live with Us for Three Months

By Judith Viorst
Read by Laural Merlington

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200140329

  • ISBN: 9798200140312

  • ISBN: 9798200140336

Runtime: 2.63 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Judith Viorst's most adored book is undoubtedly the children's classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In this new book, fans will recognize and be drawn to the Alexander they know and love—only now he's all grown up, with three kids of his own. When Judith's son Alexander announces that he, his wife, Marla, their daughter, Olivia (age five), and their two sons, Isaac (age two) and Toby (four months), would be staying with her and her husband for ninety days while their house was being renovated, Judy doesn't know quite how to repond. "I tried to think of it as a magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only to strengthen family ties and not only to really get to know the grandchildren, but also to further my personal growth while also achieving marital enrichment." She decides that she'll have to learn to let go of her excessive devotion to domestic neatness and adherence to carefully planned schedules. As Judith's tightly run home turns into a high-octane madhouse of screaming grandkids, splattered floors, spilled milk, and tripped-over toys, she begins to understand that, despite the chaos, what she's been given truly is an amazing thing, an opportunity to know her children and grandchildren a little better than before, but also to reconnect with her husband as they hold hands, close their eyes, and wait patiently for move-out day. When the "Alexander Five" make a final departure to their newly refurbished home, Judith realizes that Alexander's wonderful, marvelous, excellent, terrific ninety days might have been the greatest gift her son could have given her—the gift of discovering forgotten memories, making loving families, and a chance to live life a little more deeply.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Viorst adds quick reflections on her personal growth, her life, and her marriage.... The stories are delightful enough to stand alone. Library Journal
“Viorst intersperses familial anecdotes with musings on modern parenting and its problems, including various approaches to accommodating three generations in one house. Merlington’s tone matches Viorst’s text perfectly…This charming minimemoir doesn’t break any new ground, but it doesn’t have to.” Publishers Weekly
“Viorst adds quick reflections on her personal growth, her life, and her marriage…The stories are delightful enough to stand alone.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Judith Viorst

Author Bio: Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. A 1981 graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books; children’s picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; adult fiction and nonfiction; poetry for children and adults; and musicals.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Runtime: 2.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English