Of course, it was one of the funniest books I ever read. Hersey writes the story of Major Joppolo, an American soldier in charge of the Italian village of Adano after taking it back from the Germans during World War 2. Joppolo is a good man who just wants life to be better for the people of Adano, but he faces one obstacle after another. The many characters of this small village and the American military provide Hersey with plenty of comic material, as well as a story of human kindness.
A Family Christmas – introduced and selected by Caroline Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy has established a reputation as an excellent anthologist. In the past she has created collections of poems and patriotic works that are respected and well loved. Here Caroline focuses her own family traditions, presenting a charming collection of favorite Christmas tales to those who love to celebrate the spirit of the holidays.
Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt with illustrations by Loren Long
The author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Angela’s Ashes writes a story about Angela as a child, who feels sorry for the baby Jesus in the manger at her church and decides she must rescue him.
The Christmas Pig: A Fable by Kinky Friedman
Friedman tells the story of a king who decides his subjects need some cheering up and a nativity painting is just the thing to do it. Ten-year-old Benjamin, a mute boy with artistic genius is summoned for the job. Benjamin sets to work on the painting in the barn where he meets Valerie, the talking pig. Be prepared for tears in this sweet Christmas tale.