Readers Digest Condensed Books Volume 1 1973 Author:Robert Newton Peck, Fredrick Forsyth, Ira Levin, Richard Martin Stern, Eleanor Craig THE STEPFORD WIVES by Ira Levin — For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town's idyllic facade lies a terrible secret -- a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same — THE ODESSA FILES by Fredrick Forsyth — All the powe... more »r and tension of The Day of the Jackal with the added shock of terrifying truth! Code name: Werewolf. Setting: The New Germany. The action begins with a suicide of an elderly German Jew and explodes in revelation after revelation of a Mafia-like organization-O.D.E.S.S.A.-formed to protect and reestablish the power of SS mass murderers throughout the world.
A DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE by Robert Newton Peck
Out of a rare American tradition, sweet as hay, grounded in the gentle austerities of the Book of Shaker, and in the Universal countryman's acceptance of birth, death, and the hard work of wresting a life from the land comes this haunting novel of a Vermont farm boyhood. In the daily round of his thirteenth year, as the seasons turn and the farm is tended, the boy -- whose time is the only-yesterday of Calvin Coolidge, whose people are the Plain People living without "frills" in the Shaker Way -- becomes a man. That is all, and it is everything. The boy is mauled by Apron, the neighbor's ailing cow whom he helps, alone, to give birth. The grateful farmer brings him a gift -- a newborn pig. His father at first demurs ("We thank you, Brother Tanner," said Papa, "but it's not the Shaker Way to take frills for being neighborly. All that Robert done was what any farmer would do for another") but is persuaded. Rob keeps the pig, names her, and gives her his devotion ... He wrestles with grammar in the schoolhouse. He hears rumors of sin. He is taken -- at last -- to the Rutland Fair. He broadens his heart to make room even for Baptists. And when his father, who can neither read nor cipher, whose hands are bloodied by his trade, whose wisdom and mastery of country things are bred in the bone, entrusts Rob with his final secret, the boy makes the sacrifice that completes his passage into manhood. All is told with quiet humor and simplicity. Here are lives lived by earthy reason -- in a novel that, like a hoedown country fiddler's tune, rings at the same time with both poignancy and cheer. Stanfield Harvest by Richard Martin Stern A great California family is caught in a conflict deep as the roots of their vineyards, old as the heritage fo their power.
P.S. YOUR NOT LISTENING by Eleanor Craig
Five Children, Five Universes, Five Enemies - and Eleanor Craig, teacher extraordinaire, who battled to make them face the real world and survive. How do you teach long division to a child who believes the banana in his lunchbox is alive and trying to escape? How do you maintain control when one of your students has locked you in a closet? How do you convince a child that people are not for hurting when he is constantly battered and rejected at home? You will never forget this wonderful teacher's story of her work with five emotionally disturbed children.« less