Alice I Have Been

By Melanie Benjamin
(Center Point, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781602857582, 430pp.)

Publication Date: May 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '11 Reading Group List
“Alice I Have Been is a richly woven fictional account of the life of the girl who became Alice in Wonderland. It's a mystery and a love story that follows Alice into adulthood after both tragic and wonderful experiences. A creative and well-written book, perfect for book group discussions.”
-- Doreen Pierson, Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton, MT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2010 Indie Next List

Who was Alice Pleasance Liddell; Tired of being known only as Alice in Wonderland, eighty-year-old Alice mines her way to the heart of this question, and speaks of the implacable mother who raised her, of the prince who loved her, of the sons she sent off to war, and of the love affair that shattered her life. Alice reflects on the halcyon days at Oxford: days of great privilege and even greater tragedy; of being courted by royalty, and of finding life beyond the rabbit hole in a tumultuous but astonishing journey. Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole -- and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Lucia Silva and Daniel Goldin. Their selections for summertime reading include books about small-town America, a polygamist father in over his head, and a postmistress in New England during World War II. More at

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Sunday, Feb 28, 2010

Melanie Benjamin's Alice I Have Been imagines the life and regrets of Alice Liddell, the real-life girl who served as the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice knew Carroll as Charles Dodgson, a neighbor who told her stories and photographed her as a young girl. More at

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Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010

Alice, from Alice In Wonderland, is one of literature's most beloved heroines for restless girl readers and feminist scholars. The new book Alice I Have Been tells the story of Alice Liddell, the child muse for Lewis Carroll's character. More at

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  1. What social forces motivate each of the characters to deny Dodgson's inappropriate attention to Alice?

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