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About Alice by Calvin Trillin
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Apr 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir, celebrity-media, family-dynamics, humor, sly-wit
Read in March, 2007

Trillin’s humorous writing is usually crisp and well edited, a bi-product I suspect of a lifetime of freelance journalism. His tribute to of his wife in novelle does not break form, nor should it. She was his muse, his intellectual rock and his harshest critic. The memories are touching and real and can be summed up best with one of his many book inscriptions to his wife, “This book is for Alice... actually, all my books are for Alice.” About Alice is another heart breaking and private family love story smashed open and exposed by the disease of cancer. Trillin had to write it, for her and about her... and for him. And I’m glad he did.

Trillin is a famous whimsical wit, poet and food critic. He typically bestows his wisdom between the lines, rarely addressing his subject head on. So to see him cut bare is a sad shame and a true gift. And what a bittersweet title. 3/27/07

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