In the years before I started blogging, I kept notes about the books I read. Every once in a while I post mini-reviews of books I read in my pre-blogging days. Enjoy.
A few days ago, Natasha at Maw Books Blog asked her readers if books ever made them cry. I blithely answered no and said that I didn't think any book had ever made me cry. I was wrong. There was one book that did make me cry (in fact, sob)—even on my third time through.
It's pretty much impossible to review About Alice. In mundane terms, it is Calvin Trillin's memories of his forty-year marriage to the brilliant, eccentric, and stunning Alice Stewart Trillin. In truth, it is the most personal and emotional love story I have ever read. Although sprinkled with Trillin's characteristic humor, the memoir is beautiful and heartbreaking.
I read this book in print once and in audio twice. I highly recommend listening to Trillin read his tribute—even if you never do audio. If you can get through About Alice without at least welling up, nothing will touch you.
For those of you who don't know, Trillin is a journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker. His humorous and unique look at everyday life, food, and politics is a delight to read.
And what about Alice? Here's what I wrote almost three years ago: "We should all be lucky enough to have had an Alice in our lives."
Published by Random House, 2006