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About Alice

Calvin Trillin

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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 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-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.

Language:

English

Length:

1h 18m


Chapters

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03:50

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:17