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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 ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.750
Gige

Disappointed

by Gige on Jan 10, 2008

I was somewhat disappointed about this book, because I was expecting something valuable to learn from Alice Trillin's trajectory through life. She was apparently a remarkable human being, but instead of reading specific details about what made her special, I was left with primarily a superficial description of her looks, which just added to the obsession about physical beauty in these times.

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SandyL

About Alice

by SandyL on May 22, 2007

Calvin Trillin is one of my favorite writers. His latest work, About Alice, is now one of my favorite books. The subject of this slender book is Trillin's late wife, Alice, and his deep love for her. I felt as if I had known Alice and will not easily forget the anecdote about "the shoes." This is one book I will read more than once.

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JeffwithaJ

Calvin Trillin tells a love story ?About Alice?

by JeffwithaJ on May 3, 2007

"About Alice" is a short book. Written by Calvin Trillin to honor is beloved wife, the eponymous Alice, who died five years ago, this slight tome is big of heart and largely a glance back at a woman with whom many readers have become acquainted through Trillin?s sizeable and entertaining body of work. Perhaps it?s because Trillin wrote so often of his wife that he penned fewer than 100 pages about Alice for this volume. Whatever his reasons, the book is a tender homage and a caring portrait of a woman whose life touched many?and no one more than the author. Trillin?s recollections are sentimental, his writing is warm and wry, and his subject comes across as real and not overwrought. The result is a book that introduces readers to a woman we wish we?d really known?or at least could have read about for hundreds of pages more. The result, really, is a look at the depth of Trillin?s love and loss.

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JustRead

A Loving Tribute

by JustRead on Apr 24, 2007

Not having previously read any of Calvin Trillin's books, I was not sure what to expect by this, but was pleasantly surprised. The story is a loving tribute to his wife, whom he truly admired and appreciated. It is a delightful, though sad, story of their life and love affair, told through the author's uncanny humor. A read you will definitely enjoy.

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