Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce star as Mr. and Mrs. Piper, a couple of sensible suburban residents who find the fun in everyday family life. Stop in for a visit as they prepare for the holidays, navigate minor mysteries, and weather the fallout from honest mistakes. Margaret Hamilton costars as Aunt Effie in these charming, chuckle-filled episodes written by series star (and creator) Peg Lynch. Episodes include: "The Family Portrait Is Taken" 12-05-58; "Mr. Piper´s Day in Court" 12-08-58; "Post Office Problems" 12-09-58; "The New Dentist" 12-10-58; "The Bathroom Floor" 12-11-58; "Betsy and Family Finances" 12-12-58; "The Lost Shoe" 12-15-58; "Exchanging Gifts with the Neighbors" 12-16-58; "Babysitting Friends´ Pets" 12-17-58; "Choosing the Family Portrait" 12-18-58; "Mailing to the Wrong Address" 12-19-58; "Aunt Effie Finds a Sweater" 12-22-58; "What´s His Name?" 12-23-58; "Assembling Betsy´s Doll House" 12-24-58; "Christmas Day at the Pipers" 12-25-58; "The Home Study Group" 12-26-58; "The Mysterious Christmas Present" 12-29-58; "Tropical Fish Disaster" 12-30-58; "The Homesick Dog" 12-31-58; "An Old Girlfriend Calls" 01-02-59; "The Christmas Tie" 01-05-59; "The Florist´s Bill" 01-06-59; "The Love Letters" 01-08-59; "The Shopping Trip" 01-09-59. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peg Lynch, Alan Bunce, Margaret Hamilton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/001221/rt_radi_001221_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alexandra Aldrich, a direct descendant of the famous Astor dynasty, grew up in the servants´ quarters of Rokeby, the 43-room Hudson Valley mansion built by her ancestors. Her childhood was one of bohemian neglect and real privation. But it was fairly stable until the summer of her tenth year, when her father took up with an alluring interloper, Giselle. Alexandra idolized her father, Rokeby´s charismatic lord of misrule, who had attended elite private schools as a child but inherited only landed property, not money. To him, she says, ´´poverty was amusing, a delightful challenge.´´ All of the family´s resources - emotional and financial - went to the maintenance of the Astor house and legacy. If the family had sold the house and its 450 acres, they all would have been able to live comfortably. Instead, Alexandra and her parents lived precariously in the grand house, scavenging for the next meal. Her mother, an icy Polish artist, disguised her maternal indifference by extolling the virtues of independence. Relatives preyed on Alexandra´s low status in the household. Once her father got involved with Giselle, Alexandra´s only stalwart was her affectionate grandmother (whose great-great-grandfather, Nicholas Fish, was a close friend of Alexander Hamilton´s and an executor of his estate). Grandma Claire held Alexandra´s life together with family dinner parties, rides to violin lessons, and snacks after school. But as she grew progressively more debilitated by alcohol, she soon became too frail to provide a safe haven for her granddaughter. Determined to impose order on her anarchic world and prove her worth, Alexandra awoke promptly at six-thirty each morning, adhering to a strict personal regimen of exercise, grooming, and intensive violin practice. With money borrowed from the owner of the local gas station, she did the grocery shopping, occasionally setting aside four dollars to buy herself clean white socks. The betrayal of her father´s flag... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavia Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003435/bk_harp_003435_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.