Category Archives: Controlled Release

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!

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“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, Gen√®ve 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.