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Alice Bliss Travels Around Illinois!

Starting in Great Lakes, Illinois with Book Crosser McGuffysReader, “Alice Bliss” has now been passed on to another Book Crosser in the same state! Ajpdna posted the following review of the book:

Alice is not alone in her heartbreak. This book tells a story that will be replayed over and over as long as the economics of war drives our political process. Laura Harrington has captured the deepest feelings of a young girl, her sister and her mother as the father goes off to war. Anyone who reads Alice Bliss will gain a new respect for the family’s who live this every day.

We could not agree more with Ajpdna! We also are thrilled about the picture she posted of herself along with the review! Click the photo to follow the Illinois journey as Alice continues to travel!

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Starting Off 2012 On The Right Foot!

The year has been off to a terrific start and the Where’s Alice Bliss? campaign is ready to take on 2012! Have you made any resolutions regarding reading this year? How do you plan on keeping them?

“Alice Bliss” is ready to travel more than she ever has this year – but we need YOUR help! If you’ve read the book, pass it on to share with others! That’s exactly what Krazy Book Lady has been up to these past few days! If you want to receive her copy of “Alice Bliss” simply visit her website by clicking the logo below and fill out the form!

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for her traveling copy on Book Crossing! You can follow the journey yourself by clicking the logo below!

Lastly – if you want to keep up on Krazy Book Lady herself, follow her on Twitter!

The Kindness of Book Crossers

When browsing through the “Alice Bliss” copies on Book Crossing, we stumbled upon a touching story of one of the traveling books! The New Zealand and Australia journey previously blogged about has continued! Book Crosser Discoverylover was supposed to pass off the copy, but instead, personally hand delivered it to Sherlockfan on December 23rd in Upper Hutt, New Zealand! Read the below entry to learn more!

Discoverylover actually forgot to take the book to our Wellington Bookcrossers Christmas meeting but, kind young woman that she is, she hand delivered it to my home where she found me confined to bed and feeling very sorry for myself. At the time she came I was just about to start another book but a quick browse into “Alice Bliss” and I was hooked.

I wasn’t going anywhere and was able to read the book straight through in one session. Plenty of tissues in my bedside table were a help. I loved it. While I don’t remember exactly what my relationship with our four children when they were fifteen was like we do have three 15 year old grandchildren and I could emphasise with such a lot of the mental turmoil going on in the lives of that age-group in this book.

Sherlockfan is planning to pass the copy off to her daughter to read. We’re so excited for her to blog about her opinion! Want to continue following the journey yourself? Click on the picture of New Zealand below!

Alice Needs YOUR Help! Find Out How!

More copies of “Alice Bliss” have officially been sent out around America, as well as one copy to France! We’re anxiously awaiting the traveling on Book Crossing to begin! You can follow along yourself by clicking here and scrolling around the already traveling copies!

We’d also like to announce something special we’re doing through everyone in the campaign. “Alice Bliss” deserves some screen time and we’d love YOUR help in creating a promotional video! If you or a friend have a copy of “Alice Bliss” – we’d love if you could come up with a quick 10 second clip that features Alice traveling! Ideally, it would be great if you could make the book “travel” from the left side to the right side! It can be as simple as the clip below!

It does not have to be stop motion like the one above! Keep it simpler and have you and your friend pass the book to each other! Try to keep the book out of frame entirely and then remove it entirely so that we can edit everyone’s clips together seamlessly! Any questions, shout them out! We’d love to help you!

Once you have created your masterpiece, send it to our email address: wheresalicebliss@gmail.com so we can incorporate it into the final project! Feeling creative? Make more than one! We’d love to see what you can do!

Otherwise – we’ll keep you posted on the travels of the new copies! We’re so excited to get started on a new wave of the Where’s Alice Bliss? campaign!

The Australian Journeys of “Alice Bliss”

Starting with Book Crosser wombles in Caboolture, Australia, a triangular journey has begun! Wombles passed her copy off to discoverylover in Wellington City, New Zealand, who then sent the copy to Skyring in Canberra, Australia. On December 10th, discoverlover wrote the following review:

I should really have journalled this a while ago, but I got distracted with figuring out what to write without spoilers, and so I didn’t. The short review is LOVED IT! Since reading it I’ve bought at least 2 (and maybe even 3) copies of it to give to people. I’ve lent this copy to my Mum who said she loved it too. She apparently needed a bucket to mop her hanky out in at the end, and I needed a toilet roll!

I’m probably going to give this to Sherlockfan at the meetup on Tuesday.

Can’t wait to read more by Laura! 

We are so happy that this reader was excited enough to buy even more copies to share! We’ll be checking the website to keep you updated on these future copies. Discoverylover plans to pass the novel on to fellow Book Crosser Sherlockfan on a meet-up on Tuesday. We’re excited to see what they have to say about “Alice Bliss”! To follow the journey yourself, please click here!

Below is a map generating the journey of this copy of “Alice Bliss” –  zoom out to follow the lines and see where the copy has traveled!:

Alice at the New Zealand BookCrossing Unconvention!

Book Crosser Skyring from Canberra, Australia brought her copy of “Alice Bliss” to the New Zealand BookCrossing Unconvention. The book was released at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on November 26th! Keep track of the novel by clicking here!

Skyring’s review is below:

My copy of Alice Bliss – the British trade paperback edition – is here in Wellington for the New Zealand BookCrossing Unconvention.

Alice Bliss is a book that made me laugh, and cry, wince with embarrassment and shout for the joy of life. We were all teenagers once, along with everything that goes with those awkward years, and Alice has her own path through. She has the guidance of her father Matt at many times in the story, even when his National Guard unit is sent into combat and communications become sparse.

Closer to home, Alice has family and/or friends, a diverse group indeed, though I must say that Uncle Eddie is particularly cool. Is this love touching Alice, or just hormones? Long-time friends and new stars soar through Alice’s life, and there’s always something fresh – seeds to plant, people to see, lessons to learn and chores to be done.

The book didn’t go as I thought or feared. There are twists and surprises, but be prepared to feel the tension and the emotions of a teenage girl in difficult times. It’s a ride and a half.

Laura Harrington knows how to tell a story and how to make characters come alive. I read this book in a gallop, bouncing along on the back of the story to see what came along next. I enjoyed every moment.

The image that sticks with me, I guess, is Alice working in the garden, wearing an old shirt of her dad’s, grumbling over her relationships with mother, sister, boys and teachers, but still turning over the earth and planning for the harvest.

She’s a little bit nutty and obsessive sometimes, but that’s how she found a way into my heart.

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Traveling Thursdays!

This map represents everywhere that “Alice Bliss” has traveled so far! The different colored thumbtacks stand for the continents they are within. The lines you see are distinct journeys made from Book Crosser to Book Crosser – click them for more information! The individual thumbtacks can be clicked for the BookCrossing link so you can follow the journeys as copies are “wildly released” and found! 

Alice’s Journey from Missouri to Texas!

On Book Crossing, ReadingReviewer from Florrisant, Missouri was given a copy of “Alice Bliss” and wrote this beautiful review! Her wild release and story are below!

Ask yourself every day – what can I do to support the military and their family?

When Matt Bliss made good choices to support his country as well as his family he never imagined the impact it would have on any of them. Joining the Army National Guard provided extra income, which everyone saw as a plus until the reality of war came knocking and Matt was called up to serve because they desperately needed boots on the ground, even those filled by an Engineer.

His wife is unsure how to cope without him and his daughter’s especially seventh grader Alice cannot deal with their father being away. Alice and her father have always been close and having him not there to discuss the garden layout or work on a project is breaking her heart. He wants to share his life with her but Matt knows he has to keep in mind he may not be there to do that and Alice try as she might does not want to hear any of this.

Matt ships off and those left at home take on new roles and personalities especially Alice who quickly has to become an adult and take over running the house to help her mother out even though she is still just a child trying to figure out how to deal with middle school. Alice has great friends who stick with her and she maneuvers the landmine that is her new life but nothing will ever be the same regardless of the outcome.

What Matt wanted most was letters from home “something to carry with him close to his heart” and Matt wanted to leave letters to his family so he filled journals with letters and notes to his daughters so at every critical point in their life they have his wisdom to take with them.

This is not Matt or Alice’s story alone it is the real life of every soldier who leaves their family knowing they may never come back and everyone it impacts. It is truly the most difficult book I have ever read and it is a great story that we should all understand. I had a hard time reviewing it because it breaks my heart writing words that can never give you the complete emotion impact of how real this story is to some family right now. But you should read this book and you should remind yourself that if you are not doing something to support the men and women who are defending the rights we are so fond of, then maybe it is time you did.

ReadingReviewer then passed this book on to her friend, Karen_C, in Cleburne, Texas! She wrote a follow-up review that you can read by clicking here! A month ago, she sent it out to her friend in Hamilton, Ohio who just received it on October 29th! We’re eagerly awaiting your review, mrsjones!

Proof that “Alice Bliss” Knows How to Travel!

We are so impressed by how far this little book went! This is proof that one, simple “wild release” can truly make an impact! Let’s get Alice around the world! Check out the below map to see where in Europe, Australia, and Asia Alice has traveled to so far – zoom in and check it out!

“Alice Bliss” Jumps from Philadelphia to Switzerland!

This is a post from Book Crossing by user, adeforest! If you want to follow this particular book’s journey, simply click here! From Philadelphia to Veyrier, Genève Switzerland! We cannot wait to see where this book will end up next!

Her Review:
Alice Bliss swept me in from the first sentence and carried me along with its musical prose, engaging heroine, and moving story. Reading this book filled me with the same kind of pleasure I felt when I was young and first starting to read. I wished I knew these characters as friends. This is a book abundant with good people with a gratifying sense of community. The minor characters are as deeply drawn as the main players. I came to care about all of them deeply, most of all the man “who knows how to be happy,” the absent father off in Iraq who is the book’s center — Matt Bliss.

Laura Harrington’s background as a playwright comes through in the crackling dialogue, which deftly reveals personalities as it moves the action forward, while her work in musical theater is evidenced in the masterful tonal shifts throughout. The story unfolds with the grace and energy of a dance, at times exuberant, at times elegaic. The whole is wholly satisfying.

Her Wild Release!
I released Alice Bliss in Switzerland last week. The setting was fitting, as my friend Jocelyn’s vegetable garden, still abundant with haricots verts, aubergines, red-leafed lettuce, and herbs, would have made the characters Alice, and her father Matt, happy. I gave the book to Jocelyn’s daughter, Aline, who was enthusiastic about the Book Crossing endeavor and wondering where in the world this copy of AB might end up. Earlier in the evening her mother and I had been talking about seed swapping and plant sharing and scattering wildflowers through handmade “flower bombs.” Book Crossing, we agreed, is a similar concept. A scattering of words, a story, that we hope will take root and bloom in a hundred readers’ imaginations.