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Publisher's Summary

In Calvin Trillin's antic tales of family life, Alice 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.

Though it deals with devastating loss, About Alice is also a love story, chronicling a romance that began at a Manhattan party in December of 1963.

In Calvin's writing, Alice 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 for the wife he adored and for his listeners.

©2006 Calvin Trillin (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"This touching tribute is certain to stir emotions." (Publishers Weekly)

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A wonderful gem

A sweet, moving, well-read gem of a book. A series of short essays and quips that builds into a beautiful love story about author and his wife. Be prepared, it's short (1 hr 15 min), but so good I listened to it twice. Makes me want to read other of his pieces.

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What a beautiful tribute to the lovely Alice.

Honest, bare, thoughtful words about a wife, mother and writer; an inspiration to women of all walks. Lovely tribute!

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beautiful little book

this book is lovely and understated, and read with perfection by the author. highly recommended.