The pleasant company, recalled with affection in comfortable, low-keyed style, includes Father, Mother, fathers of the church and family physicians. Chicago as the family habitat comes in for its share of nostalgia, as Rita Anton reviews her childhood in the city and her enjoyment of it as an adult. Wife of Al and mother of five, she handles her experiences and thoughts in the customary categories: enduring unendurable neighbors, happily left behind; the battle over the ever-heightening pile of laundry; feeding an ulcer unsatisfactorily with a well-intentioned attempt at health food cookery; being owned by an invincible Labrador retriever; museuming and shopping of a free afternoon. The season of good cheer, with that happiest holiday, comes suitably as the close of a book best directed to the Catholic housewife. Bland.