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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Calvin Trillin's Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin.

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
December 26
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Jovan Scottsdale ,

One of 50 books that will CHANGE your life!

Found out about this book in the June issue of Real Simple Magazine where it listed the 50 Books that will change your life. Read this review: "Love is so personal. And fascinating. And intensely important. How can you know if you're doing it right? I'll tell you how - read "About Alice."

That review by Elizabeth Weil (NY Times Magazine contributing writer) and Author of "No Cheating, No Dying" Was enough for me to download the book on my iPad. Savoring every word.

Toms River Shore Girl ,

No words

The only word I can use to review this novel is beautiful.

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