About Alice

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 26, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 78 pages
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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.

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His prose is beautiful without becoming maudlin. - Goodreads
This is a book of romance and storytelling. - Goodreads
Yet the writing is not at all voyeuristic. - Goodreads
My husband is a writer/journalist and my parent - Goodreads

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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

Funny, honest, and heartbreaking tribute from one of my favorite writers to his late wife. Alice Trillin starred in many of Calvin's essays about food and family, but this book reveals much about her ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica Rosner - Goodreads

I heard of Calvin Trillen from my parents, who knew of him and Alice because between the two of them they read each and every New Yorker cover to cover from, well, for as long as I have been alive ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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

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