A Happy Un-Birthday to You!

When I first read ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ as a child, I was so immediately fascinated by the strange and fantastical journey down the rabbit hole that I searched my garden so I too, could do as Alice did, and follow the White Rabbit.

So today we wish Lewis Carroll a ‘very happy un-birthday’, at least until his actual birthday on the 27th, and answer the question first posed to Alice by the Caterpillar on his mushroom – ‘who are you?’

Well, at Moor Park Library you can have choice in which ‘Alice‘ you want to be from our display!

Classic novels like Alice Walker’s ‘The Color Purple‘ which is set in the American deep south between the wars. It tells the story of a friendship between Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and trapped into marriage and the glamourous Shug Avery, a singer and magic-maker, who has taken charge of her own destiny.

Another classic is Alice Sebold’s moving novel ‘The Lovely Bones‘ – narrated by Susie Salmon, like the fish, she tells the story of her family, their lives, loves and day to day happenings even though she was murdered by a neighbour in 1973.

If something more lighthearted is your pick then Eleanor Prescott’s novel ‘Alice Browns Lessons in the Art of Dating‘ might be your cup of tea! Alice is a matchmaker who spends her days helping people fall in love – all the while looking for her own Prince Charming.

For those of you looking for an ‘eat me’ or ‘drink me’ label you could try a taste from Alice Liveing’s ‘Clean Eating Alice‘ with her delicious healthy recipes and targeted exercise programs. Or even the ‘Allergy Free Cookbook‘ by Alice Sherwood, who devised her own tasty recipes when her son was diagnosed as being allergic to nuts and eggs.

For the Tweedledee and Tweedledum personalities out there, who can’t decide, we have a large selection of novels by the marvellous Alice Munro and the fantastic Alice Hoffman.

But for those who want something ‘curiouser and curiouser’ maybe Christine Henry’s futuristic retelling of Alice in wonderland will tempt you. ‘Alice‘ is volume one of the Chronicles of Alice series. A young woman, whose hair was once blonde, escapes from a hospital in the Old City. She cannot remember why she was in there, just vague memories of a tea party long ago, long ears and blood! Her escape leads her free to uncover the truth in the heart of the Old City where the Rabbit waits for his Alice!  ‘The Red Queen‘ is the 2nd in the series continuing the Chronicles.

So choose a book and relax, maybe under a tree like Alice and Dinah, or make like the Cheshire Cat and disappear……

Don’t forget to look our for Alice in Wonderland at the Grand Theatre. For more information click here.

 

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