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American Book 357649 About Alice

By Calvin Trillin

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Format: Hardcover, 78 pages
Published In: United States, 26 February 2007
In Calvin Trillin’s antic tales of family life she was portrayed as the wife who had "a weird predilection for limiting our family to three meals a day" and the mother who thought that if you didn’t go to every performance of your child’s school play "the county would come and take the child." Now five years after her death her husband offers this loving portrait of Alice Trillin off the page–his loving portrait of Alice Trillin off the page–an educator who was equally at home teaching at a university or a drug treatment center a gifted writer a stunningly beautiful and thoroughly engaged woman who in the words of a friend "managed to navigate the tricky waters between living a life you could be proud of and still delighting in the many things there are to take pleasure in.". Though it deals with devastating loss About Alice is also a love story chronicling a romance that began at a Manhattan party when Calvin Trillin desperately tried to impress a young woman who "seemed to glow.". "You have never again been as funny as you were that night" Alice would say twenty or thirty years later. "You mean I peaked in December of 1963?". "I’m afraid so.". But he never quit trying to impress her. In his writing she was sometimes his subject and always his muse. The dedication of the first book he published after her death read "I wrote this for Alice. Actually I wrote everything for Alice.". In that spirit Calvin Trillin has with About Alice created a gift to the wife he adored and to his readers. Author: Trillin Calvin. Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf. Pages: 96. Dimensions: 5.6" x 8.2" x 0.6".

About the Author

Calvin Trillin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1963. He lives in New York.


Trillin's narration of his loving reminiscences of his late wife Alice might best be described as an unobtrusive narration: he steps back and lets the words speak for themselves. Unlike many other autobiographical narrators, he does not try to create the illusion of spontaneity or intimacy, as though speaking directly to the listener. He reads clearly and with expression, but it is always obvious that he is reading from a printed text. As a result, this audio offers the same experience as reading the printed version: the listener is deeply moved by the words and gets a vivid picture of this complex and admirable woman, but the narration itself does not add additional emotional nuance or insight beyond what is in the words themselves. But the words are so powerful that Trillin's love and admiration for Alice still shine through. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 30). (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

September 11, 2001, was a day of devastation for Trillin, but while he was sharing the grief of the nation over the World Trade Center attacks, he was privately mourning the passing of the most important person in his life. After a long battle with lung cancer, his wife, Alice, died during the early afternoon of 9/11, when the eyes of everyone else were focused on an unspeakable horror. She left him with a lifetime of memories about a highly successful marriage that he often chronicled in his witty New Yorker articles and that afforded him the opportunity to share this remarkable woman with his readers. To use a tired literary clich, Alice was his muse, his chance to see the world through an intelligent, creative, and often unpredictable partner. As is the case with many successful marriages, Alice kept her husband grounded for the most part but realized that he needed to be free in order to write the books and articles that touched the lives of so many. In fact, Trillin states that he is still receiving love and encouragement from Alice, and that, dear listeners, is the sign of a happy marriage. Read by Trillin and brief though it may be, this is one of the strongest and most touching love letters you will ever have the privilege to hear. Highly recommended.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9781400066155
ISBN: 1400066158
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions: 20.75 x 14.2 x 1.42 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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