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About Alice Hardcover – December 26, 2006
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Trillin married Alice in 1965 and they enjoyed over thirty-five years together until her death on September 11, 2001. At their first meeting in 1963, Calvin was impressed by Alice's radiance. He never stopped trying to impress his wife and she never failed to impress him. Throughout her career, marriage, and even during her courageous battle with lung cancer and later, heart disease, Alice demonstrated that she was not just a pretty face. She was a enormously gifted, intelligent, and creative woman who was gave of herself unstintingly. She taught college kids, drug addicts in rehab, and prisoners in Sing Sing.Read more ›
Trillin has been a prolific writer for a lifetime, and many of his readers already felt a kinship with the woman he admits he sometimes portrayed as a "dietician in sensible shoes." Nobody has skewered family life and travails (traveling, eating, parenting) with as much gentle wit as he has, and given what he calls his "sitcom view" of their life, it's only natural that readers may have a skewed concept of the woman he married in the late 1960s and raised two daughters with. So many of his light, funny articles have featured her as straight man --- a kind of George Burns to his Gracie Allen.
In this book, Trillin fleshes out this adored woman, presenting Alice Stewart Trillin as a teacher, writer, activist and lecturer in her own right. She was straightforward in her views and not afraid to voice her opinion, regardless of the company. "If we'd had the misfortune to live in a milieu that called on me to work my way up in a corporation and on Alice to be the supportive and diplomatic and perfectly behaved corporate wife, I sometimes told her, I would never have emerged from middle management.Read more ›
Trillin loved his wife. You will too.
About Alice is part memoir, part tribute and all love story. Trillin met his future wife at a party and instantly fell in love. Friends claimed that they were George Burns and Gracie Allen, with Alice playing George. These two opposites proved to be the perfect compliment. Not only was Alice a talented writer as well, but also a dedicated teacher. Their happiness was threatened in 1976 when Alice was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 38 and given only two years to live. Amazingly, she survived another 25 years before succumbing to heart disease--her heart being damaged by the radiation treatment that saved her life years before.
It is obvious how much of a hole Alice's death has left in Trillin's life. Not only was she his wife, but he also depended on her to proofread, edit, and critique his many works. In the dedication of the first book published after her death, Trillin writes "I wrote this for Alice. Actually, I wrote everything for Alice." Many women would be envious to have a husband who could write so eloquently about his love for his wife.
After reading About Alice, I'm impressed enough with both Trillin's writing and Alice that I plan to read some of his other works including Travels with Alice, and Alice, Let's Eat.
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There was nothing I disliked about this book. It goes to show how far love can't take you in life.Published 10 months ago by Brenna
This book gives readers glimpses into the love story of Calvin Trillin, New Yorker author, and his wife Alice. Trillin has written a valentine to his dear wife in this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Terra Hangen
A beautiful tribute to Trillin's wife Alice. I would like to be half the woman that he portrays. She is truly an inspiration.Published 13 months ago by MD
This is a book that everyone should read. It's a reminder that none of us are immune. And you should never stop living.Published 16 months ago by christine
I FRIST READ ABOUT ALICE TRILLIN IN CALVINS HILARIOUS BOOK TRAVEL WITH ALI CE AND I SAW A PICTURE OF HER ONTHE BACK OF ABOUT ALICE SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by VALERIE TOWNSEND
All I can say is what has been said before. This book is a testament to love and dedication. It is a story of one man's experience of true and life changing love, and is therefore... Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by laura
This is how everyone would love to be loved. Touching and funny book. Alice Trillin was a very fortunate woman!Published on December 12, 2013 by Linda Decker
I enjoy this author's style of writing and his wry humor. I have read many of his books and this one did not disappoint.Published on November 27, 2013 by Robert S. Field
What a wonderful husband the author is, and I think he misses her. It is truly a joy to to read this book.Published on November 12, 2013 by Mary R. Baran