Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Alice Series: “The Alice Bible” TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. BOOK CHRONOLOGY: TIME LINE, AGES, DATES, ETC. II. THE MCKINLEY NUCLEAR FAMILY
1. Alice Kathleen General Info Physical Characteristics Personality Traits Likes Dislikes Possessions Bedroom Redecorated Room (Round 1) Redecorated Room (Round 2) Gifts & Birthday Details Halloween Costumes & Events April Fools’ Day Books Read / Special Literature Movies Seen Future Plans Possible Careers Undesirable Careers School Tidbits 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade General Elementary School Notes 6th Grade General Junior High Notes 7th Grade 8th Grade General High School Notes 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Education-Related Details College Life Clubs & School Activities All-Stars Fan Club Earring Club Camera Club Explorers’ Club The Edge (High School Newspaper) Drama Club Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) Student Jury Student Safety Council Trips, Vacations & School Break Activities Firsts Promises 1/15/2014

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Jobs & Volunteer Work Allowance/Money Medical/Health Background & Sicknesses/Ailments Romance Department Relationship with Donald Relationship with Patrick Relationship with Sam Relationship with Dave Other Dates / Miscellaneous Romance Notes Driving History Personal History Children Family Life 2. Ben (Dad) General Info Personality Characteristics & Personal History Chronology Details Employment History & Facts Romance Department Marital History & Courtship with Marie Relationship with Sylvia Summers Gifts 3. Marie (Mom) General Info Personality Characteristics & Personal History Things of Hers in the House/in the Series Romance Department 4. Lester Paul (Brother) General Info Personality Characteristics Personal History & Chronological Tidbits Romance Department Education & School Facts Employment Gifts Children 5. Sylvia Summers (Stepmother) General Info & Physical Traits Personality Characteristics & Personal History School Facts Chronology Tidbits Family & Personal Relationships Romance Department Notes on Relationship with Alice / Alice’s Feelings Toward Sylvia Gifts A. Family: Traits, Habits & History General Religious History House Rules & Guidelines Holidays General Notes Christmas Rituals Specific Holidays 1/15/2014

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Residences & House Details Takoma Park, MD House Contents Silver Spring, MD Exterior Yard Interior Home Renovation/Addition Project Lester’s 1st Apartment Family Pets

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III. PLACES, GEOGRAPHY, PROPER NOUNS, ETC.
1. Place Names 2. Various Proper Nouns 3. Melody Inn 4. General Geographical Details

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IV. REPEATED CHARACTERS
1. Extended Family Marie’s Family Ben’s Family Sylvia’s Family 2. Closest Friends A. Pamela Jones Physical Characteristics & General Info History with Alice Personality Traits Residence & Family Life Bedroom School Details & Education Personal History Jobs & Volunteer Work Love Life B. Patrick Long Physical Characteristics & General Info History with Alice Personality Traits Residence & Family Life School History Personal History Jobs Gifts Love Life C. Elizabeth Ann Price Physical Characteristics & General Info History with Alice Personality Traits Residence & Family Life Bedroom School Details & Education Personal History Jobs & Volunteer Work 1/15/2014

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Love Life D. Rosalind Rodriquez Physical Characteristics & General Info History with Alice Personality Traits Residence & Family Life Personal History Future Plans, Jobs & Volunteer Work E. Donald Sheavers Physical Characteristics & General Personality Info History with Alice Personal History F. Gwen Wheeler Physical Characteristics & General Personality Info History with Alice Residence & Family Life Personal History Jobs & Volunteer Work Education Details & Future Plans Love Life 3. Friends & Schoolmates 4. Teachers & Faculty 5. Melody Inn Staff 6. Lester’s Women Tracy Freeman History with Lester Crystal Harkins History with Lester Marilyn Rawley Roberts History with Lester Stacy Houghton McKinley Miscellaneous Others 7. Parents & Relatives of Friends/Peers 8. Miscellaneous

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V. SPECIFIC THINGS THE AUTHOR REQUESTED
1. Contents of Keepsakes Trunk in McKinleys’ Attic Other Things in Attic 2. Buried Time Capsule 3. Ben & Marie’s Honeymoon 4. School Dances 5. School Courses 6. Alice’s Baby Book

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1. Camp Overlook 2. Ben and Sylvia’s Wedding 3. Carol’s Wedding 4. Mark Stedmeister’s Death & Funeral 5. Chesapeake Bay Seascape Cruise Job

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Alice Series: “The Alice Bible” Global Details List (as of October 2013) Note to the reader: Notes marked with an asterisk (*) are inconsistencies that were caught after the books were published. I. BOOK CHRONOLOGY: TIME LINE, AGES, DATES, ETC. #1a Starting with Alice (first in prequel series): ! Book covers Alice in 3rd grade, her first school year in Takoma Park, MD (school year: Sept. 1988–June 1989) ! Main event: being the new kid in Takoma Park, MD ! Alice is 8 when the book starts, turns 9 by the end (ends on her birthday in May) ! Lester is 15 when the book starts, turns 16 a week later Alice in Blunderland (second in prequel series): ! Book covers Alice in 4th grade (school year Sept. 1989–June 1990) and the summer that follows; starts about two weeks into the school year; ends in late August on a Wednesday ! Main event: all the blunders Alice thinks she makes throughout 4th grade, which she thinks is the worst year of her life thus far (except for the year Mom died), until the end of the book, when she realizes the year was okay ! Alice is 9 when the book starts, turns 10 near the end ! Lester turned 17 in September; junior in high school Lovingly Alice (third and final in prequel series): ! Book covers Alice in 5th grade (school year Sept. 1990–June 1991); starts early in September (with Les’s birthday just passing), ends right as the McKinleys are about to move to Silver Spring, which occurs in July ! Main theme: Taking the good with the bad, the balance between loss and gain, between the ups and downs in life, throughout Alice’s fifth grade, as she decides to become a healer, not a hurter—to look at the positive instead of remaining bitter about the disappointments, such as Sara moving away, Oatmeal dying, Les’s broken ankle, moving away from Rosalind, etc. ! This is the book where Alice finds out what “the birds and the bees” really means. ! Alice is 10 when the book starts, turns 11 in chapter 15 ! Lester turns 18 at start of book; senior year in high school The Agony of Alice (first in original series): ! Book covers 6th grade (school year 1991–1992); starts with memories of the move from Takoma Park to Silver Spring, the summer (July) between 5th & 6th grades; ends on last day of school in June ! Main event: Alice wants an adopted mom, a role model; she finds the best candidate in her 6th-grade teacher, Mrs. Plotkin ! Alice is 11 when book starts, 12 when it ends ! Lester is 19 (*should be 18 before school starts, per his birthday on 9/4), just started junior college
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Alice in Rapture, Sort Of ! Book covers the summer after 6th grade; starts one week after book #2: The Agony of Alice ends and ends in early Sept., the first day of 7th grade, in 1992 ! Main event: “The Summer of the First Boyfriend” ! Alice just turned 12 a month ago when book starts ! Lester is 19 Reluctantly Alice ! Book covers 7th grade; starts on first day of junior high; ends on Christmas Eve that same year (September–December 24, 1992) ! Main event: “Alice the Likable”; she makes it her goal to be liked by everyone in her new jr. high; Denise Whitlock is her biggest challenge ! Alice is 12 ! Lester is 19 at very start of book, quickly turns 20 by 1st Friday of school All But Alice ! Book covers winter of 7th grade: a few months, from January to around late February/early March 1993 ! Main event: “Sisterhood”: Alice wants to be like every other girl her age and feel unity with all of womankind; her efforts get her to be one of the “Famous Eight/Beautiful People” for a while, but in the end, she learns more about true friendship and about following her own heart ! Alice is 12 ! Les is 20

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Alice in April ! Book covers April 1993 of 7th grade; ends the 2nd Sunday in May ! Main event: “Woman of the House” at home as Alice advances toward becoming a teenager; developing female figures at school ! Alice is 12 ! Les is 20 Alice In-Between ! Book covers spring of 7th grade and summer after 7th grade, 1993; starts on May 9th, within a week of Alice’s 13th b-day, and ends in late July, soon after Patrick’s 13th b-day ! Main event: In between girlhood and womanhood ! Alice is 12 when the book starts, 13 when it ends ! Les is 20 Alice the Brave ! Book covers August 1993 before 8th grade; starts about 5 weeks before school starts, ends on first day of 8th grade ! Main event: Alice’s fear of deep water ! Alice is 13 ! Les is 20 Alice in Lace
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Book covers start of 8th grade (September–October 1993): begins about a week into the school year with the “Critical Choices” health class assignment, ends in mid-October with birth of Nathan Price Main event: The obstacle course of adult life (learned via a health class assignment) Alice is 13 Les turns 21 early in the book

Outrageously Alice ! Book covers fall of 8th grade (October–November 1993): begins the third week in October, ends the day after Thanksgiving, at Crystal’s reception ! Main event: Alice feels she needs to get a life, wants outrageous things to happen to her, so she joins clubs and tries new looks; she learns who someone really is will always come out in the end and that her life will be interesting so long as she is interesting ! Alice is 13 ! Les is 21, in his senior year of his philosophy studies Achingly Alice ! Book covers winter of 8th grade: begins mid-December 1993, right before band concert, ends mid-March 1994 ! Main event: Setting priorities and making things happen (namely, getting Dad and Miss Summers engaged), which sometimes means tough choices between competing things one wants ! Alice is 13 ! Les is 21

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Alice on the Outside ! Book covers spring of 8th grade: begins in mid-March (after Pamela’s 14th birthday), ends the night of the 8th-grade semi-formal (late May 1994) ! Main event: Feeling excluded, marginalized people, what’s “in” and “out” ! Alice is 13, turns 14 two weeks before book ends ! Les is 21 The Grooming of Alice ! Book covers summer after 8th grade, the “Summer of Mass Confusion”: begins the first day of summer vacation, ends the night Pamela returns from Colorado in late August 1994 ! Main event: The girls concentrate on getting their bodies in shape, but through several challenges—Mrs. Plotkin’s death, Pam’s difficulties at home, Elizabeth’s struggle w/selfimage via her weight—they learn bodily variations are normal and it’s the beauty on the inside that counts ! Alice is 14 ! Les is 21 Alice Alone ! Book covers start of 9th grade: begins last day of August 1994, the day Dad comes home from England; ends on last day before X-mas vacation
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Simply Alice ! Book covers 2nd half of 9th grade, 1995; begins early in 2nd semester, ends the night Sylvia returns, June 16, when Les and Al go to the movies to give the couple some time alone ! Main event: The “changes” in Alice’s first year of high school: she branches out on her own—new activities, new friends, new guy; she continues (from book #14: Alice Alone) to try to focus on others more than herself—by end of book, she’s feeling better about herself than she ever has ! Alice is 14, turns 15 near end of book ! Les is 22 Patiently Alice ! Book covers the summer after 9th grade: starts on June 17, 1995, the day before she leaves to work at Camp Overlook (since it was specified in #15: Simply Alice that date span was June 18–July 10); ends on the first day of her sophomore year, after school that day when she comes home to find Latisha’s gift ! Main event: Life can throw you surprises: Dad and Sylvia’s wedding is postponed; Lester plans to move out on his own; Pam’s mother returns to town; Elizabeth progresses sexually; Gwen and Legs break up; Patrick and Alice are on friendly terms; Alice wanted, and got, “The No-Boyfriend Summer,” free of relationship worries and just being friends with guys and new people ! Alice is 15 ! Les is 22 Including Alice ! Book starts in mid-September of sophomore year, a few weeks before the October 18 wedding; book ends at midnight, on New Year’s Eve ! Main event: Ben and Sylvia’s wedding and then Alice adjusting to having a new stepmom in the house, which is more awkward than she’d imagined, and adjusting to no longer having Lester there; overall lesson: it’s okay to just be yourself ! Alice is 15 ! Les turned 23 behind the scenes, before book events start Alice on Her Way ! Book starts in January of sophomore year; book ends in June, before 10th grade is officially over (even though the final printed version says it’s the last week of June, p. 318), on the day Alice gets her driver’s license ! Main event: Alice is on her way to becoming an adult and learns more about selfdevelopment along the way—getting her license and the freedom that will bring; discovering what she’s looking for in a boyfriend; acknowledging that her family members have their own lives and futures, her friends have their own paths and aspirations; wanting to keep growing and evolving as a person, stimulated by her trip New York, which showed her the value of new experiences and meeting new people ! Alice turns 16 in May
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Alice in the Know ! Book starts in early July after sophomore year; ends on a Saturday evening (September 10) by Grandpa’s bedside (the first weekend after school has started) ! Main event: “The Horrible Summer of My Sixteenth Year” (Molly has cancer; Alice misses having a large family around; Brian goes from friend to enemy; Les’s first marriage proposal is rejected; unexciting job that’s she eventually fired from; Gramps is dying); on the plus side, there’s a summer trip to the beach, Mr. Jones get engaged, Alice feels connected to her family in TN when they visit to say good-bye to Grandpa ! Alice is 16 ! Les turns 24 a week before the book ends Dangerously Alice ! Book starts on a Monday morning of second week of junior year; ends on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, school starts back up again on Wednesday), with a call from Patrick inviting her to the prom in five months ! Main event: After finding out that she’s thought of as a boring Miss Goody Two-shoes, Alice tries to be more interesting, more daring (like dressing sexier, heavy petting with a guy she’s not crazy about, going on a motorcycle ride, learning football, doing undercover research) but becomes uncertain of who she is along the way; as parallel themes, her relationship with Sylvia grows more complex as the newness of the family situation fades, her driving probationary period ends, she learns (especially from Molly) that each day counts, and the old gang breaks up; in the end, rather than rediscovering herself, new facets of the old Alice emerge ! Alice is 16 ! Les is 24 Almost Alice ! Book starts on Wednesday, January 2, first day of second semester of junior year (day after book #20 ended); ends at 4:00 a.m. the night of Patrick’s prom, in late May, three weeks before he leaves for college (NOTE: Book definitely follows the 2008 calendar, for it’s a leap year this year, with the Sadie Hawkins dance falling on February 29th) ! Main event: Alice isn’t positive who the real Alice is—“almost,” yes, but not entirely; then, throughout the book, others excel, find their niches, like Pam on the stage and Gwen in the classroom, even Liz finding her flirtatious, daring side, but Alice wonders what she’s especially good at, what will earn her accolades; by the end of the book, she’s more comfortable in her own skin ! Alice is 16; turns 17 in chap. 16 ! Les is 24 Intensely Alice ! Book covers the summer before Alice’s senior year of high school; starts on a Sunday afternoon in June with the old gang at the Stedmeister pool, weeks after book #21 ended; ends on Sunday, August 30, over a week before school starts, as the kids are just starting to heal from the shock of losing Mark, as Alice just heard the great news that Molly is in remission, and as she’s just coming to shape her evolving beliefs about God and faith and religion (NOTE: Book follows the 2009 calendar, the year in which it will be published, with Carol’s wedding on July 11th falling on a Saturday)
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Main events: Carol’s wedding, Alice’s overnight visit with Patrick at the University of Chicago, Keeno and Liz’s budding romance, the girls’ first 10-day “bachelorette” experience apartment-sitting for Les, Mark’s death, and Alice learning that she has to ask for her friends’ support, too, not just offer them hers; strong undercurrent of religious beliefs/faith/spirituality is the most “intense” theme of the book, and it looks like Alice will keep exploring it in stories she’s hoping to do for The Edge Alice is 17 Les is 24, just about to turn 25

Alice in Charge ! Book covers first semester of Alice’s jam-packed senior year of high school; starts on the first day of school; ends on New Year’s Eve ! Main events: Alice’s nervousness about going to college after all; cultural/racial/ethnic/sexual differences (the prejudice at school, refugee student Daniel, introduction of Kay Yen); Alice and Patrick’s continuing growing closeness ! Alice is 17 ! Les is 25 Incredibly Alice ! Book covers second semester of Alice’s senior year of high school; starts on New Year’s Day; ends on Graduation Day, Friday, June 3 ! Main themes/events: making decisions and not knowing where they may lead you; outgrowing youthful things and getting ready to fly from the nest; Alice’s first experience with competing for something she wants; birth of Marilyn’s baby; Kay Yen’s romance; Jill and Justin’s pregnancy and marriage ! Alice is 17 at start; turns 18 toward end, on same day as Senior Prom ! Les is 25 Alice on Board ! Book covers summer between end of high school and start of college; starts the afternoon of Graduation Day (Friday, now June 1, per 2012 calendar), when the girls start work aboard the Seascape; ends Saturday, August 4, with all the girls together—possibly for the last time before they all scatter off to college—in Les’s backyard ! Main themes/events: What “home” means to Alice (particularly as regards meeting Mitch and his attachment to his home); Gwen’s desire to not tie herself to a guy throughout all of her schooling; Pam’s struggles with finding balance with her mother ! Alice is 18 ! Les is 25 Now I’ll Tell You Everything: The Final Alice McKinley Book (previously Always Alice) ! Book covers the day Alice leaves for college (at 18 years old, in late August) to the opening of the buried time capsule from middle school, when she’s 60 (in June, so one month after her 60th birthday)

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II. THE McKINLEY NUCLEAR FAMILY 1. Alice Kathleen General Info ! Birthday: 11:46 P.M., May 14 (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 11) (no specific year; used to be 1980) ! Born & lived in Chicago until summer before third grade (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 13), when family moved to Takoma Park, MD; summer after 5th grade, in July, family moves to Silver Spring ! Dad and Les often call her “Al” (then her close friends once in high school [#14: Alice Alone]); Dad will call her “Toots” when he’s being serious (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 137) Physical Characteristics ! Green eyes ! Freckles ! Thin lips ! Height: o Consistently referred to as “medium”/“average” o About 5’2” at 12 years old (shorter than Pamela & Elizabeth) (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 59) o But growth spurt over 7th grade, so she’s much taller in Sept. of 8th-grade year than she was in Sept. of 7th-grade year (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 17) ! Physique: o When younger: skinny legs, bony knees, big feet (#3: Alice in Rapture) o Medium, average build as she grows o Newly 15 years old, she’s a 32B bra size, with measurements 32 x 25 x 34 (#16: Patiently Alice, pp. 13, 15) o Baby fat disappearing under her chin (#17: Including Alice, p. 23) o Gains 1.5 lbs. in sophomore year; arms are slimmer, butt filled out a bit—changes she’s happy with—but would like a bit more shape to her legs (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 137) o Typical little bulge at tummy and on upper thighs at panty lines, but nothing she’s worried about—just enough curves to show she’s female (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 88) o Size 8 dress size in 11th grade (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 86) o Loses a few pounds when worrying about Amy in December of senior year (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 266) o Gains 6 pounds first semester of college (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 36) o As sophomore, likes what she sees in the mirror: “a pretty good figure—not perfect, by any means,” but nice curve to breasts, slim waist, little-too-narrow hips (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 69) o Not as slender after two kids—12 pounds heavier at 30 than when married at 23—but still looks pretty good and keeps herself in good shape (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 347) ! Hair: o Strawberry blond hair, straight o Midlength (though shorter when she’s younger; #2: The Agony of Alice, p. 91) o Pageboy-type hairstyle in jr. high (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 119)
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Favorite type of cake: chocolate fudge (#6: Alice in April); carrot cake (#10: Outrageously Alice) Favorite pie: butterscotch (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 150) The little yellow flag, indicating she has e-mail (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 160) To concentrate on the actual film at the movies, not on refreshments (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 18) Sex: the touching, the kissing, the exciting, the exploration (but she wants to be choosy from here onward) (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 219) Sports: o Watching: basketball (easy to follow) and football (#24: Incredibly Alice, pp. 130, 205) o Participating: running alone in early morning, swimming, badminton (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 205) To wake up slowly (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 155) For perfume: prefers musky scents (#25: Alice on Board, p. 107) Loves the way Dad’s face lights up when he sees her (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 26) Doing things with friends, animals, hiking, documentaries, human rights groups, peace organizations, Christmas, Greek cuisine (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 193) Favorite month: October (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 336)

Dislikes ! To be pitied ! Foods: Brussels sprouts; meat loaf; lemon cake (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 1); lima beans (#1c, p. 104) ! Barbie dolls (by the time she’s 8) ! Going to the dentist ! Roses (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 27) ! Friends asking her about her mother, because it makes her feel different from her peers (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 63) ! When people call body parts “you-know-what” (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 28) ! Being called “little lady” (#6: Alice in April, p. 106) ! Shopping (at least not as much as Pamela & Elizabeth) ! Least favorite thing to do: throw up ! Crying in public; also seeing others cry (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 266) ! Showers (#9: Alice in Lace) ! Hospitals (#10: Outrageously Alice): hates everything about them—pain and sickness and death, blood and scrubs and other hospital sights and sounds, ever since working in the hospital when Mrs. Plotkin died (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 266) ! Waiting around for things ! Smell of beer (#10: Outrageously Alice) ! New Year’s Eve ball-dropping in Times Square (#11: Achingly Alice) ! Teachers calling students by their last names (#11: Achingly Alice) ! When people show up earlier than expected (#11: Achingly Alice) ! Corsages pinned to her dress (#12: A on the Outside) ! That at 15 years old, she still cries when she gets upset (#17: Including Alice, p. 9) ! The way she sometimes sulks and won’t tell people what’s bothering her (#17: Including Alice, p. 216)
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Hates that her cheeks blush so much when she’s uncomfortable (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 38) Trying on clothes and deciding what to wear (though she does like to have nice clothes) (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 62) Water in her nose and ears (which is why she never learned to dive) (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 167) Inhaling cigarette smoke when it’s around her (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 12) Taking tests (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 37) Being put in the position of having to say no, of being the bad guy (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 46) When things just happen to her—when she has no control other than having to deal with things (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 47) Dragging her backpack from class to class (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 73) When Amy Sheldon yells to her in the halls (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 73) The “slept-in” look for clothes: likes shirts pressed instead (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 79) Spending money on a dress she’ll wear only once or twice (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 85) Group phone calls (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 206) Silence—it’s even worse than quarreling (#21: Almost Alice, p. 253) Fake nails, what they do to your real nails (#21: Almost Alice, p. 256) Airplane takeoffs (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 61) Funerals: first her grandfather’s, then Mark’s (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 252) Not a fan of November—finds it dreary and all gray (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 178) Confrontation (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 13) Snakes, mice, roaches (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 251) Feeling nauseous, the thought of Patrick hearing her barf (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 308)

Possessions (See also “Gifts” below) ! Sentimental/Personal Items: o Photo of Mom, in a blue dress with white buttons, holding her as a baby in her lap—two years old, laughing, playing with the buttons (#17: Including Alice, p. 25; #19: Alice in the Know, p. 246)—on her dresser (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 26) o Photo of Mrs. Plotkin’s great-grandmother, to go along with the ring Mrs. P. gave her (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 139) o Returned items from Crystal to Lester: Swatch watch, sweater, perfume, earrings (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 50) o Mementos (in addition to those on her bulletin board; see below): yellow envelope w/handful of grass from day she and Donald played Tarzan in Takoma Park; tag from her first pair of Levi’s in 6th grade; piece from her bramble bush costume in 6th-grade school play; wrapper from the 3 Musketeers bar Patrick gave her in 6th grade (#2: Agony of Alice, p. 94) o Baby book (see Section V, list item #6 below for details) ! Toys/Childhood Items: o Brown toy monkey (plastic and fur): when she was very little, her mom would make bottles and diapers for it out of dishtowels (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 125);
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rug from Scan in March of 11th grade, when the family is out furniture shopping for the renovation (#21: Almost Alice, p. 135) Redecorated Room (Round 2) At very end of July before college, she comes home unexpected from cruise job to find Dad and Sylvia redoing her room, knowing she was ready to change the jungle theme: ocean blue walls now (the color Alice loved last spring when she and Sylvia were picking out a shade for the powder room), and Sylvia suggests new bedspread, curtains, and things from Crate and Barrel (#25: Alice on Board, p. 245) Gifts & Birthday Details 8th birthday from Lester: a cactus (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 34; #3: Alice in Rapture, p. 103) An unspecified X-mas in her youth: U.S. puzzle map from Uncle Milt (#6: Alice in April, p. 128) 4th-grade Christmas (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 79): From Les: plastic snake in stocking From Dad: pink sweater with colored stripes; sunglasses with sparkles frames; book about Egyptian mummies; gold and silver pens From Aunt Sally & Milt: dress; thong beach sandals (too big) 4th-grade Valentine’s Day: a chocolate marshmallow heart from Donald (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 99) 5th-grade Christmas (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 45): From Les: denim pillow with ALICE embroidered in yellow yarn, dot over the i is a daisy From Dad: pink radio, overnight bag From Aunt Sally: lidded basket of soaps First trip to Chicago, from Aunt Sally: a white frilly outfit for Easter that A hates and leaves behind on the train for orphans (#2: Agony of Alice, p. 110) Last day of 6th grade from Mrs. Plotkin: silver and emerald family ring, in gray velvet box, a maternal family heirloom, which is even better than the globe she wanted that Pamela got and A thinks it’s the most beautiful thing she’s yet owned in her life (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 128) 9th birthday: From her friends: glass paperweight, two scrunchies, model airplane, comic book, key chain, box of caramels, and book on volcanoes (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 175) From Lester: a hermit crab; lived for a year (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 103; #7: Alice InBetween, p. 119) 10th birthday (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 165): A Sunday, birthday is horrible: can’t have a party because Les has the flu; she’d made invitations by hand; Dad takes them out to eat at a Mexican restaurant near the end of May (chap. 19) From Les: disposable camera From Dad: Rollerblades From Sally: box of bubble bath and dusting/talcum powder (talcum powder also mentioned in #4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 167) 11th birthday (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 124, 127, 128): From Donald: some of his comic books From Ollie: jar of jelly beans From Cory: flashlight
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From Rosalind: purple clay elephant, 3” long, made in India, green and gold and pink spangles From Jody, Dawn, and Megan: bead set, headband, tiny purse From Les; “Queen for a day” theme; guppies From Dad: $20 inside a wooden box carved with parrots and a jungle motif around edges, which Marie had given Dad and he’d been using as a jewelry box (the first special thing she puts in her special box is the card from Sara) Valentine’s Day, 7th grade: 2-lb. box of Whitman’s chocolates from Patrick; yellow box, red ribbon (#5: All But Alice, p. 91) 13th birthday (#7: Alice In-Between, pp. 5–13): From Patrick: Old English lavender talcum powder (after first giving her his mother’s gold and ruby bracelet that was her mother’s; A gives it back at Mrs. Long’s request) From Pamela & Elizabeth: Gap shirt and matching socks From Dad: Macy’s gift certificate From Aunt Sally & Uncle Milt: invitation to spend w/in Chicago w/two friends over the summer From Lester: an evening with him, doing whatever she wants (since he forgot her b-day, as usual): dinner at Jean Louis, Porgy and Bess at Kennedy Center, dancing at hotel nightclub From Sylvia: card From Patrick’s vacations: jade-stoned earrings from Canada summer before 8th grade (#8: Alice the Brave, p. 91); sea shell from Maine before 9th grade (#14: Alice Alone, p. 13) Christmas (probably 7th grade): red and gold vest from Carol (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 115) 8th-grade Christmas (#11: Achingly Alice): From Dad: jeans, CDs, sweaters (p. 26) From Lester: lemon lollipop w/encased bug (small gag gift) and a “nice gift” (p. 26) From Sylvia: gold whistle on gold chain, first given to her by a favorite uncle (p. 27) From Patrick: ALICE necklace on gold chain (p. 34) From Pamela & Elizabeth: earrings, per their annual tradition (they swap pairs they already own) (p. 36) 8th-grade Valentine’s Day: 1-lb. Hershey’s kiss in her locker, LOVE FROM PATRICK (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 70) Friendship: From Denise: box containing: two silver dollars, bracelet from Hawaii, small crossshaped earrings, her 6th-grade school picture (brings on A’s dad’s 50th birthday; #6: Alice in April, p. 145) From Lori Haynes: a silver link bracelet w/green stones when Alice sleeps over in April of 8th grade (#12: A on the Outside, p. 104) From Jill & Karen: care package (Hershey’s bar, paperback novel, cassette, notebook and pencil) when she’s grounded in July (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 118) 14th birthday (#12: A on the Outside): From Pamela, Elizabeth, Karen & Jill: exchanged earrings, per their annual tradition; Pam and Liz bring balloons to school too (p. 137) From Sam: pickled frog’s heart (p. 139) From Lester: fuzzy green octopus w/plastic eyes, red patent-leather shoes, yellow sweater with ALICE printed in pink (p. 145) From Dad: gift certificate for CDs at Melody Inn (p. 146)
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From Patrick: a late-night serenade outside her window w/his combo, chocolate kisses, and her first kiss in her pajamas (pp. 148–150) From Aunt Sally & Uncle Milt: an old gold locket of Marie’s with one of her hairs in it (pp. 150–151) (starts wearing it often in 9th grade; #15: Simply Alice, p. 29) From Dad & Sylvia: black velvet ribbon choker w/lace and pearls, from his trip to England (#14: Alice Alone, p. 14) 15th birthday (#15: Simply Alice): Dad gives her the day off (p. 180) From Lester: Takes her to Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding in Baltimore the night (Friday) before her birthday (chap. 12) From Aunt Sally & Uncle Milt: money (she buys new dress, short, backless, creamcolored sheath, halter neck; Marilyn goes shopping for it w/her) (p. 165) From Pam & Liz: earrings (p. 180) From Eric: balloons (p. 180) From Molly: treats her to the movies (p. 180) From Sylvia: framed photo of the two of them from White Flint Mall shopping stint (p. 182) Wedding party gift from Sylvia: delicate bracelet of jade and silver (#17: Including Alice, p. 107) 10th-grade Christmas (#17: Including Alice): From Lester: certificate for driving lessons and a $20 bill, presented in hood of a miniature ’36 Mercedes convertible (p. 256) From Sylvia: she knitted Alice a green sweater, ruffled edges on cuffs and boat neck; later that night, she gives her the scrapbook she’s started making for her, hand covered in blue gingham: first page contains “Passing By”; 2nd the photo of Alice that Sylvia took on her first day of 7th grade; also contains some of A’s coursework, program from the first sing-along Sylvia went to with them, ribbon from first present A gave Sylvia; half full, half the pages blank, and Sylvia asks if she can keep filling it in with things she’d like to remember about Alice (pp. 256, 260) From Dad: the real shocker: a cell phone, silver (p. 257) 16th birthday (#18: Alice on Her Way, chap. 21): A Friday; Dad asked if she wanted a big party, but Al was noncommittal; she’s disappointed when nothing at all special happens all day at school, since the ritual is that your friends usually decorate your locker and give you sweets, flowers, stuffed animals—the more popular you are, the more extravagant; but at the end of the day, her friends send her all over the place via a series of notes and end up back at her house for a party with: Dad, Sylvia, Liz, Pam, Gwen, Molly, Brian, Sam, Mark, Jill, Karen, Lori, Leslie, Patrick; Mexican buffet; goes on until seven From Dad & Sylvia: $160 check; dressy beaded purse (p. 266) From Sam: he’s waiting at her locker in the morning with flowers, a mini box of Godiva chocolates, and framed photo his mom took from the night of the dance (he has an enlargement hanging over his bed) From Liz & Pam: two pairs of thong panties From Gwen: snow globe with her picture inside From Friends: bunch of small, silly gifts From Les: turquoise silk robe, Tracy helped pick it out (p. 265) From Sally’s family: big box of bath oils, soaps, and powders; Carol chose it (p. 267) 11th-grade Christmas (#20: Dangerously Alice): From Lester: red flannel nightgown, high neck, white ruffle at collar and cuffs from Nordstrom, which she exchanges for red silk pajamas (pp. 278, 282)
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17th birthday (#21: Almost Alice, chap. 16): She didn’t want a party, feels she’s getting too old for much fuss, but Marilyn, Jack, and David come home from work with Dad, and Sylvia bakes her a German chocolate cake; Greek food delivered from Levante’s, followed by Jack and Marilyn singing; Sally and Milt call, report that Carol is engaged, Sally recites the poem she wrote for Alice; Patrick gave her a birthday kiss before school; got money as her gifts, so she could buy new prom shoes and such (p. 240) 12th-grade Christmas (#23: Alice in Charge): From Patrick: green lamb’s wool scarf (p. 301) From Sally: gift card (p. 308) 18th birthday (#24: Incredibly Alice, chaps. 26 & 27): Spends it with Patrick, first at her senior prom, then three-hour round-trip limo drive to the Bay Bridge, which is meaningful to her because it’s the farthest they’ve ever traveled together; they get a picture at the topmost point of the bridge on the way back High School Graduation: laptop (#25: Alice on Board, p. 6) 19th birthday (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 50): Dinner of favorite foods at home with family; Les comes to town to join them, announce his engagement; for her gift, she asks to bring friends to his wedding 21st birthday (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 153): Everyone makes big deal out of it; Dave takes her to fancy restaurant/stay in hotel; Pam sends male stripper; Liz sends flowers; next night dinner at home with family, Les comes into town for it, Aunt Sally calls College Graduation (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything): From Dad: Subaru, used, copper (p. 235) From Les: road atlas, flares, $200 worth of gas (p. 236) Master’s Graduation From Patrick: gold heart on gold chain necklace (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 258) Halloween Costumes & Events ! 1st grade: Beethoven (#2: Agony of Alice, p. 61) ! 2nd grade: Brahms (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 61) ! 3rd grade (in Takoma Park): gypsy for trick-or-treating; Schubert for school Halloween party (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 54) ! 4th grade: Bach (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 61); but only for the school party—it’s raining Halloween night and she goes to only two houses with Donald (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 25) ! 5th grade: Mozart (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 61); same tuxedo jacket as previous years, but with a wig this year too; attends Jody’s sleepover Halloween party on a Saturday night, coming in costume, trick-or-treating with the girls, hamburgers after; when none of her friends know who she’s supposed to be, she decides to start picking her own costumes from now on (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 27–28) ! 6th grade (in Silver Spring): back of 2-pc. horse costume with Pamela (#2: Agony of Alice, chap. 8) ! 8th grade, for haunted house event at school: showgirl: Pamela’s black net stockings, Mrs. Price’s black suede platform shoes; Carol’s hand-me-down black nylon sarong skirt; Mrs. Jones’s orange jersey top and peacock feather headdress from Mardi Gras; makeup (#10: Outrageously Alice, pp. 29–30) ! 9th grade, for Penny’s party: 1920s flapper (w/Pamela in purple and Elizabeth in red; Mrs. Price helps make costumes: plumed sequined headbands, fringed skirts, pastel
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April Fools’ Day ! Lester has played pranks on Alice for last 5 years (i.e., since she was 7): pretended he dropped her toothbrush in the toilet; told her FDA had banned chocolate; told her she had head lice in 6th grade (#6: Alice in April, p. 3) ! In 7th grade, she tells him his car his rolling down the driveway when he’s only half awake that morning; he tells her there’s been a hole in her pants all day (but there has been) (#6: Alice in April, pp. 14, 17) Books Read / Special Literature ! Has 71 books when she’s 8 years old (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 3) ! The Prince and the Pauper; Charlotte’s Web; Pinch (#1a: Starting with Alice: p. 110) ! The Way Things Work (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 47) ! The Incredible Journey; Dad reads it to her at bedtime in 4th grade (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 148) ! Mom read her Little Bear books (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 11) ! She recalls Uncle Milt reading her Angus and the Cat when she was very young, upon reading it herself to Nathan (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 141) ! Grandpa McKinley liked to read her Huckleberry Finn, but she was too young to understand that and would always slide off his lap (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 145) ! Mrs. Plotkin reads books to the class (#2: The Agony of Alice): Sounder (p. 35); The Incredible Journey (p. 76); Watership Down (p. 76) ! The Outsiders (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 92) ! Celebrity Yearbook, with high school photos of famous people; Lester’s; Alice and Patrick like to look at it when they first start dating (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 7) ! Goodnight Moon, Little Bear’s Visit (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 44) (dad read them to her; #15: Simply Alice, p. 178) ! Anonymous poem “Passing By” (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 47) (her mother used to sing it to her) ! Pre-8th-grade reading list: Sydney Herself; Izzy, Willy Nilly; After the Rain; Like Seabirds Flying Home; Jacob Have I Loved; Send No Blessings (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 141) ! Unexpurgated edition of Tales from the Arabian Nights (Elizabeth takes it from her parents’ bookshelf in bedroom [#11: Achingly Alice, p. 30]) (#8: Alice the Brave, p. 11 and chap. 2 passim) ! The Giver (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 20)
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Movies Seen ! A Tarzan movie (on a Sat. night in August, after her 4th-grade year), which she thought was the most exciting, romantic movie ever (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 190) ! Gone with the Wind (the family seems to have it on video; assumed that Alice has seen it in its entirety before now then) (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 38) ! Lawrence of Arabia (thinks she and Les watched this before) (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 93) ! Heathen Born: horror movie she sees 40 minutes of with her friends one Saturday night in June (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 24) Future Plans ! When she was little, wanted to be Smokey the Bear when she grew up (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 40) ! On her wedding night, plans to wear a long red clingy nightgown w/spaghetti straps (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 55) ! Places she thinks she’d like to go on her honeymoon (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 8, 10): Disney World, Istanbul, Fairbanks, Leipzig, Sydney, the Amazon ! Places she doesn’t want to go on her honeymoon (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 8): Hawaii ! Wants a big kitchen so people can sit around the table, a four-poster bed, and 2 bathrooms and a guest room so Dad/Lester can visit (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 41, 95) ! Although she didn’t think she’d want any kids in elementary school after hearing pregnancy details from her teacher in 4th grade (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 57, 71), Alice wants 2 boys and 2 girls by the time she’s in junior high (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 96); by start of jr. year, wants a career and a family: 2 or 3 kids, with lots of extended family around them and large gatherings at holidays, living close to Dad and Les (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 170) ! Trip to New York stirs a desire in her to see more of the world, be more sophisticated; she liked the city but she liked it best when it was quiet and less populated (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 226)
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(In Takoma Park; #1a: Starting with Alice): First friends: Rosalind and Sara; the Terrible Triplets experience; learns multiplication tables up to 12, state capitals, time zones, and principal products; memorizes presidents; field trip to Capitol (p. 21) 4th Grade (In Takoma Park; #1b: Alice in Blunderland): teacher is Mr. Dooley; all the kids thus far mentioned as her friends are in her class; music class is led by a young, new female teacher (p. 35); boys and girls don’t interact yet (p. 7); two weeks into school year, female author is a guest speaker (p. 8); Halloween party at school (p. 25); Veterans Day–Columbus Day– Thanksgiving assembly: 6th grade puts on a play; 5th grade makes a pumpkin treat; 4th grade sings “America the Beautiful” (p. 35); Valentine’s Day party (p. 92); on birthdays, kids bring in treats to share with the class (p. 161); school has a library 5th Grade (In Takoma Park; #1c: Lovingly Alice): School doesn’t have a nurse; geography lesson is in morning (A learns about Lewis and Clark near end of school year), history, math (A hates the word problems), and spelling in afternoon General Elementary School Notes Parkhaven Elementary School, Silver Spring; goes up to 6th grade; 5th & 6th graders eat lunch together in multipurpose room at noon; lets out at 3:00; school always has a parade before a big Halloween party (#2: Agony of Alice, p. 60) and a pageant/play before the holiday season (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 81) (the 6th graders perform for 160 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders); playground w/rubber swings and jungle gym, where the kids sometimes still gather after they’ve gotten older in later books 6th Grade (In Silver Spring hereafter; #2: The Agony of Alice): school starts on September 5, she goes with Elizabeth (p. 24); students seated alphabetically in rows in Mrs. Plotkin’s class (p. 28); tries to get transferred to Miss Cole’s class (pp. 29–32); Mrs. P reads to the kids every day at 2:30; A gets her wish to be a safety patrol after Mrs. P invites her to be the substitute on Miss Cole’s patrol team (p. 37); patrol meets each Wed. at lunch in Miss Cole’s room; as part of Mrs. P’s class, Alice starts a journal (p. 57); A is Mrs. P’s afterschool helper (p. 56) General Junior High Notes 7th–8th grades; much larger school than her elementary school, about 300 students (#5: All But Alice, p. 106); two-thirds white, rest blacks and Asians; 40-minute periods, different teachers for different subjects, only electives change at semester’s end at end of January; no foreign language classes until high school (#5: All But Alice); lunch over at 12:45 (in 7th grade, at least); school lets out at 2:30; Alice takes bus; a lot more homework; school has its own newspaper, the Eagle; school library split into 2 large rooms; P.E. classes: all 3 grades together, shower stalls have curtains; all teachers get a 40-minute “catch-up” period each day for paperwork/office hours; in addition to clubs listed individually elsewhere, school has: French Club, Girls’ Soccer, Science Club; holds student recognition and teacher recognition ceremonies annually, mandatory attendance; named cliques: the Brains, the Jocks, the Bikers, the Barbs (#12: A on the Outside, p. 33); there’s an 8th-grade Memory Book (#12: A on the Outside, p. 130)
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7th Grade Bad first day: water fountain squirts her back (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 165), she sits on a doughnut, squirts a teacher, and slips on the steps (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 1); Alice’s and Patrick’s homerooms are next to each other (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 163); the only class they have together is World Studies (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 8); 3 girls have different homerooms (A’s in room 46A); A & Eliz. also in P.E. together, but A has no classes w/Pamela, until she’s transferred into A’s World Studies class in 2nd semester; Alice’s classes: Language Arts/English (*1st period, #4: Reluctantly Alice vs. 4th period, #5: All But Alice: studied biography/autobiography after 1st semester; end-of-year unit on poetry), life science, math, P.E., World Studies (history), General Music, nutrition (1st semester), home ec/cooking/gourmet cooking (2nd semester; w/Pamela & Patrick; some of the dishes: pizza, liver, lemon custard), health (includes same-sex-only “Our Changing Bodies” unit, twice weekly; w/Elizabeth; #5: All But Alice, p. 46); frightening SeventhGrade Sing Day (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 504) 8th Grade 1st semester: Alice’s classes: English (topics: plays), World Studies (on 2nd floor; topics: pre-Columbian civilizations), health (right before study period; 1st 5-week unit: “Critical Choices,” the focus of book #9: Alice in Lace; 2nd unit: “Responsible Living”), study period (right before lunch), algebra (down the hall from Mr. Sorringer’s office), gym (learns folk dances), home economics (learns sewing); biology (w/Elizabeth, Justin); has 2 classes w/Patrick (#8: Alice the Brave, p. 125); almost all her friends in health class w/her (Pamela, Elizabeth, Patrick, Brian, Mark, Karen, Jill) (#8: Alice the Brave, p. 125); boys and girls start eating lunch at same tables (#9: Alice in Lace, 15); student council hosts a haunted house for Halloween in the gym to raise money for the library (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 1); mid-December school band concert (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 3) 2nd semester: Alice’s classes: life science/biology (w/Sam; dissect frogs), social studies (w/Sam, Elizabeth, Brian, Jill); topics: persuasive techniques in commercials, prejudice), English (topics: poetry), math, history (an afternoon class); no classes w/Patrick; March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Prejudice observed (#12: A on the Outside, p. 32), the whole week is CRW (Consciousness-Raising Week) and experiment is run based on hair color: A for dark brown/black (gold circles), B for light brown/ red/dark blond (orange circles), C for light blond/gray (white circles) (#12: A on the Outside, pp. 36–37 & chap. 4) General High School Notes ! School is twice the size of jr. high ! Ivy-covered building, with a courtyard (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 34), where annual Ivy Day Ceremony is held, including the Ivy Bearer, Ivy Day Poet, senior class president, principal—symbolic of the seniors having planted their roots at this school ! Oak tree at side of school (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 225); big maple tree in center of circular drive (#24, p. 260) ! Lighted billboard (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 260) ! Student body of around 1,600 (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 134) ! Daily announcements made each morning (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 68) ! Each year starts with a safety assembly on first day of school (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 1) ! There’s some kind of security system/personnel (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 224)
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9th Grade Patrick is in accelerated program, so no classes together, not even same lunch period 1st semester: Alice’s classes: Algebra I, Spanish, biology, U.S. history (w/Pamela), English (huge paper due Nov. 3), P.E. (w/Elizabeth), health (w/Elizabeth) 2nd semester: Alice’s classes: English (1st period; topics: Wordsworth), P.E. (w/Elizabeth and Pamela), biology (w/Eric), history (6th period; w/Karen); as result of newspaper exposé, assembly called for hazing problem (#15: Simply Alice, p. 63); ends up with a C- in Algebra I in freshman year (#17: Including Alice, p. 3) 10th Grade Sophomores still have to take P.E. (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 213); there’s a student service learning requirement (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 215) 1st semester (#17: Including Alice): the gang all has the same lunch period, even Patrick (p. 37); classes include: Algebra II (p. 3), gym (p. 6), history (p. 10), biology (p. 53), sociology (p. 147), English lit (p. 23; an afternoon class, p. 39); struggling with Algebra II, worried about geometry in junior year and physics in senior year (#17: Including Alice, p. 3) 2nd semester (#18: Alice on Her Way): classes include: some type of science class (1st period, p. 33); American history and Algebra II (male teacher), both in succession, immediately preceding lunch (pp. 5, 6, 59); P.E. (right after lunch, with Pam, Liz, Karen, and Jill, p. 36); Sam and Patrick have a different lunch period than Alice’s gang this semester (p. 34); no classes with Sam this semester (p. 126) 11th Grade Still has to take bus; neither Pam nor Gwen has a car yet, and Liz doesn’t even have her license yet (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 239); homework is heavier and harder than last year (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 6); Liz’s locker next to Alice’s (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 20) 1st semester: o Homeroom check-in with Mr. Hertzel, including daily attendance and announcements, national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, Karen in same homeroom (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 74) o 1st period: geometry (#20, pp. 6, 166)
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o 2nd period: World History (male teacher; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 83), with Patrick; they sit together (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 236, 264) o 3rd period: P.E. (specified as before lunch; #20, p. 24) o After-lunch classes: some kind of English class (#20, p. 23) that involves 20th-century poets and novels (#20, pp. 47, 111) o Spanish (#20, p. 77) o 6th period: speech (as her elective), with Mrs. Cary; assignments include: recited poetry, play dialogue, verbally describing things, a persuasive speech on animal cruelty, first con (gets a B) then pro (#20, pp. 80, 83, 89–90); Brian’s in this class with her (#20, p. 88) 2nd semester: o Gym is sometime after lunch (#21: Almost Alice, p. 27) o Accelerated English class (#21: Almost Alice, p. 115) o Geometry (sometime before lunch) (#21: Almost Alice, p. 181) o Sociology (#21: Almost Alice, p. 240); with Pam (p. 243) 12th Grade Starts after Labor Day (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 238) 1st semester: gym class with Gwen, Liz, and Pam—late in the day, right after free period (#23: Alice in Charge, pp. 13, 257, 276); physics; AP English, female teacher (#23, pp. 57, 171); history (#23, p. 245) 2nd semester (#24: Incredibly Alice): o Classes: physics (pp. 103, 170), AP English (p. 34), gym (after lunch, pp. 107, 142), history (p. 257) o Alice alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m. (p. 140) o In January, students protest classic books being put on a restricted reading list—can’t check out without parental permission—by the temporary librarian at the request of one mother (chap. 6) o Alice planned to be on yearbook staff (p. 95), but had to give it up to be in play (p. 104) o Orchestra concert in May, band concert at end of March, basketball finals mid-March, choir concert in April (p. 123) o End-of-senior-year activities: Alice opts out of Senior Skip Day trip (Friday, May 27) to the beach due to overcast weather, but enjoys Senior Prank Day (Thursday, May 26) until the wrestling team’s prank—spearheaded by Brian—ruins it (#24: Incredibly Alice, chap. 29); seniors play “Assassins” (chap. 30) o Graduation held at Constitution Hall in D.C.; each student gets 4 tickets; Gwen gives valedictory address; Alice tapes I MADE IT, MOM to top of her cap (chap. 30) Education-Related Details ! ! Overall, Alice is a B+ student—gets more B’s than A’s, but rarely gets C’s, except in math; Dad has always stressed doing her best over achieving a particular number of marks (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 258) Takes the PSAT in October of jr. year (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 37); week before winter break, she gets her very good scores: 199 (reading: 74; math: 48; writing: 77) out of 240, 52 pts. above average (p. 258)
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College Life ! Dad pays her way (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 230) ! Campus is 30/40 minutes from home (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 258; #26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 3—for the half hour reference) ! She and Gwen had decided to room together freshman year at U of MD, but Gwen got a great deal off campus as a premed student, so Alice is in the market for a roommate; posts a notice to this effect on Facebook, since the housing office is usually willing to let two people pick each other instead of randomly assigning them, and when Margaret Sanderson replies, asking for references, the girls have a blast making up feedback about her (#25: Alice on Board, start of chap. 12) ! #25: Always Alice: o Starts freshman year prior to September 1 (since Les still home to help her move in, and his new job in WV starts on that date) (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 8) o First dorm room freshman year is pretty hideous (p. 11); washing machines in basement of bldg. (p. 17) o Roommates: Amber (start of freshman year); Abby (sophomore year); Val (junior and senior years); across hall from Abby & Claire jr. year, on 2nd floor o Group of friends in college includes: Val, Abby, Claire, Dave, Andrew, Cole, Pete, Jag, James o Specific classes mentioned: Sociology 101 (p. 21); Human Sexuality, Fundamentals of Design, The Autistic Adolescent, The Social Basis of Behavior (p. 119); Funerals and Fabrications in American Life (p. 156); marriage and family life (p. 193); Old Philosophers, New Age (p. 208) o “No Shave November” sophomore year (p. 63)
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o Alice’s major never really officially declared in book—at one point, seemed like she might have a joint focus on education and counseling (p. 90)—and p. 66 does specify “counseling” o Joins SCOO (Student/Community Outreach Organization, aka So-Come-On-Out) fall of junior year (p. 122): car wash, leaf raking, gift wrapping—she really enjoys community service, bothers her that Dave won’t initiate, although he’s happy to go along with crowd o Graduates in four years as planned, then continues straight through that summer so that she can earn her master’s by the following June (when Patrick graduates from U of Chicago)—spring term ended May 17, summer term began May 28 o Gets an efficiency apartment all to herself during grad school (p. 238) o Graduates with no-frills MA that following June (p. 258) Clubs & School Activities All-Stars Fan Club (#5: All But Alice, chap. 4): joins 2nd semester of 7th grade; meets Wed. after school in room 21B; run by a typing teacher; Alice is first member to ever receive a personal item from a star, a sock of Izzy’s, member of Velvet Pistol (p. 45), eventually trades the sock to Pamela for 2 pairs of earrings (p. 46); writes to authors thereafter (p. 120); doesn’t like it much (p. 120), quits within 2 months (p. 131); other members: Pamela, Brian Brewster Earring Club (#5: All But Alice, chap. 7): starts in late Feb. of 7th grade; sponsored by Tiddly Winks; 5member max limit; 1% discount for each member in club, and Alice’s group has 4 members, so 4% discount for each purchase; have to buy 1 pair a month to stay active; meets on Fridays at Pamela’s, shops on Saturdays, then gets together Sundays to try on new pairs; Alice finds it boring and doesn’t like that Elizabeth is left out (pp. 74, 120); slowly works her way out of it (pp. 130, 150); members: Alice, Pamela, Jill, Karen Camera Club Signs up in late October of 8th grade (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 9); meets every 2 weeks; $3 membership dues; gets half off film and developing at nearby photoshop with membership card; uses the camera Crystal returned to Les; Dad gives her her first roll of film but tells her she’ll have to cover the rest of the expenses; convenes in biology lab; sponsored by Mrs. Pinotti; other members: Sam (good photographer); she’s better at people than things—her first subject is Pamela (she really likes two serious shots of her, p. 74); the club gets one page w/5 pics in the 8th-grade Memory Book Explorers’ Club Attends her first meeting in late October of 8th grade (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 11) but doesn’t like it and doesn’t continue to attend; club motto: “The world is our province”; meets in A’s old World Studies classroom; female lackluster sponsor; 6 members The Edge (High School Newspaper) Weekly staff meetings (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 126) in Room 17 (first called “the journalism room” in #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 8, next door to a chemistry classroom, p. 9) on Wednesdays (in A’s jr. year; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 42); sponsor: Miss Ames; comes out every two weeks, on a Tuesday (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 8, 209), 8 pages long; distributed to homerooms before school starts (#21: Almost Alice, pp. 55, 56); the staff often
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dines at a sub shop across from the printer’s in Gaithersburg when they drop off the paper (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 62); Alice takes her story notes on steno pads (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 11); by start of A’s senior year, with a growing reputation and a larger staff (an A team and a B team who will rotate issues), the newspaper headquarters is moved to a larger room on main floor, with two long layout tables, four computers, 8-page weekly now instead of biweekly, Thursday publication (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 10); “Question of the Week” column (#23, p. 133); “Sound Off” column added at Alice’s suggestion in October of her sr. year (#23, p. 134) 1st semester, 9th grade (#14: Alice Alone): A is one of two freshman roving reporters (p. 21); reporters get to take pics to accompany their articles; assignments given out at first meeting of every month, meets weekly; paper frowns on pics of cliques, same people over and over; 4-page paper; A’s 1st assignment is about the mystery meat in cafeteria (p. 105); paired w/Sam for 2nd assignment: asking 6 kids what they’d give the school for X-mas (p. 170) 2nd semester, 9th grade (#15: Simply Alice): assignment: 3 articles on behind-thescenes happenings of a school production (p. 5) (1st on tryouts [p. 43]; 2nd on pre-show backstage tension [p. 106]; 3rd on production as a team effort [p.128])—titled something like “Behind the Scenes of a School Production” (#17: Including Alice, p. 242); exposé on hazing after A’s experience w/stage crew (pp. 60–63); year before A joined, ran article to stop football hazing (p. 60); other staff: Sam (photographer), Nick (editor in chief), Sara (features editor), a news editor, a senior sports editor 10th grade: Alice commits to stay on staff for her sophomore year (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 215); all photos are digital by now (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 13) 1st semester (all from #17: Including Alice): new editor: Jayne Renaldi (p. 43); sports editor: Tony (p. 140), who’s also contributing a sports cartoon each issue (p. 242); Alice’s title is still “roving reporter” (p. 43); first feature specified in sophomore year is polling students about the one practical thing they’d like to learn before graduation, then publishing the list in the paper, as an accompaniment to Mrs. Frazier’s Practical Living class for seniors (p. 44); Jayne has a Halloween party for the staff (p. 138); by end of semester, Miss Ames looking to do more in-depth articles like Alice’s series last spring, so each staffer assigned a half-page article on any subject they want (p. 243); Alice plans to do a piece titled “Who Says?” about societal restrictions and expectations that, she’s now learned, don’t have to be maintained (p. 274) 2nd semester (all from #18: Alice on Her Way): Alice gets good reception for “Who Says?” (p. 7); then chooses to do a feature on what students worry about the most, but not using students’ names, so they’ll be honest (p. 159) 1st semester, 11th grade: first meeting first day of school; new editor in chief (Scott Lynch) and new features editor (Jacki Severn), who proposes a story on Molly’s cancer (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 239–241); Alice is still “roving reporter” for junior class (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 6); in 10-person staff, only four guys this year (Scott, Sam, Don, and Tony), and each of the four roving reporters are girls (#20, pp. 8–9); A’s first assignment: get suggestions for next year’s Spirit Week theme days (#20, pp. 11, 18); in response to Scott’s call for fresh ideas, Alice researches and writes “The City at Night,” about what runaway girls would encounter alone on the streets of Silver Spring (which Dad and Sylvia never find out about) (#20, chap. 13); Scott wants to do a piece on censorship for 2nd semester (#20, p. 257) 2nd semester, 11th grade (all from #21: Almost Alice): does a feature on Day of Silence that appears in first issue after spring break (seems to be her first page 1 story) (pp. 132, 141); when Jacki quits, Alice takes over as features editor (end of March), not just till
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end of year, but for next year too (pp. 146, 150); Sylvia gives her some nice feedback about her stories and her ideas for the paper, how well she expresses her emotions in them (pp. 147–148); Alice names her feature on teachers’ secrets “Would You Ever Guess That … ?” (pp. 141, 187), which prompts her to want to do a profile on individual teachers next year, one a month (p. 188) 1st semester, 12th grade: Four editors on staff now: Phil Adler (advanced from roving reporter to news editor/editor in chief); Sam Mayer (photography editor); Tim Moss (new sports editor); Alice (features editor) (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 10); Alice first decides to do a feature on religious beliefs based on the discussions led by Shelley at People Care the previous July (#22, Intensely Alice, pp. 170, 174); but her very first feature of the new school year will be “Memories of Mark”) (#22, p. 266); but that doesn’t gel right off the bat (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 3), so her early stories include a profile of the school’s new football coach and a feature on relationships (p. 202); this is the semester of the whole “Bob White” exchange in the paper; eventually, Curtis Butler publishes “Standing Up for the White Race” on the front page of the 12/16 issue (p. 289); Alice finally writes “In Memoriam” for Mark on New Year’s Eve, to be published right after winter break (p. 318) 2nd semester, 12th grade (#24: Incredibly Alice): Alice’s pieces include: promo for February’s sock hop, then coverage of the actual dance; story on library’s restricted reading list; “What We Leave Behind” after spring break (pp. 201–202) Drama Club (#14: Alice Alone, pp. 21, 77–78): Signs up at start of 9th grade; A only knows Pamela at start, other members dress wild; meets for the first time the Monday of 2nd week of school; sponsored by Mr. Ellis; club reads plays aloud; productions have open auditions to all students, though major parts usually go to club members and seniors at that; most members interested in acting, Molly and Alice only girls want to be on stage crew at start of year (pp. 21, 78); other members: Pamela (drops out 2nd semester), Molly, Richard, Devon, Harry, Ed (all 4 guys on stage crew); unbeknownst to them, initiation for new members is getting tattooed (#15: Simply Alice, p. 54); #18: Alice on Her Way: one major production each spring—rotate among a senior play, an operetta, a musical; if a play, only the seniors can audition; if big musical with lots of parts, open auditions (p. 40); stage crew is always the first to hear what the production will be (p. 42) 9th-grade spring production (#15: Simply Alice): Fiddler on the Roof; open auditions start in mid-February; most parts go to jrs. & seniors; stage crew meeting 3 times a week after school when spring production gets under way, every day as it draws closer (p. 7); A assigned to sets, props, and publicity (p. 10); 4 performances 3 weeks after spring vacation in April (p. 101); two acts, 9 scene stages in first, 8 in second (p. 106); Dad and Lester and Eric come for 2nd performance (p. 108), all her friends for last performance (p. 110); Alice must go on for Charlene as Tzeitel in 2nd act of last show, her understudy has the flu (p. 111); cast party that night at “Golde’s” house, A gets award for “Most Grace Under Pressure,” they give Mr. Ellis mini gold-plated fiddle from Melody Inn, Faith isn’t there (pp. 114–115) 10th grade: Alice thinks she’ll stay in the club as a crew member in her sophomore year too (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 215); she does (chooses to be on set committee), and she gets Pamela (on props committee) to rejoin with her in 2nd semester; club meets in a rehearsal room once a week, then every day plus weekends once the spring production is two weeks away; other members: Harry (set manager), Chris (set committee), Molly (in charge of electrics), Charlene (costume manager), Faith (props manager); still led by Mr. Ellis; play is Father of the Bride (playing last weekend in March/first weekend in April), casting seniors
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only, per the club’s rules; Alice gets a sore throat—misses final performance and the cast party (#18: Alice on Her Way, pp. 40–43, 150–151) 11th grade: On stage crew (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 6); spring production this year is Guys and Dolls (#21: Almost Alice, p. 9), six performances over the last two weekends (Thurs., Fri., Sat.) in April; auditions on March 10–12, callbacks on March 13, roles posted March 14 (#21, p. 87); Mr. Ellis again runs the show, with choir led by Mr. Gage, choreography by Miss Ortega, and school orchestra supplying the music (with Patrick on percussion); Molly is prop manager (p. 95); Pam is Kelsey Reeves’s understudy for Adelaide (p. 98); Alice helps with set painting and is Pam’s personal dresser (pp. 155, 190); cast party at “Sky Masterson’s” big house in Kensington is night of final performance, Sat., April 26th, Pam attends with Tim and Alice takes Patrick; skits, parodies, performances (p. 207) 12th grade: Book #24: Incredible Alice: First meeting of semester on Monday, Feb. 7; spring production announced: Cheaper by the Dozen (p. 67); Mrs. Cary invites Alice to be on the set design committee (p. 68), but she decides to audition for Anne instead (p. 72); two days of female tryouts (p. 84) followed by two days of male tryouts (Mon.–Thurs., Feb 14– 17), with results posted Friday, Feb. 18; roles: Father: Brad Broderick, Mother: Elizabeth, Anne: Alice, Ernestine: Pam, Martha: Chassie, Lillian: Angela, Miss Brill: Jenny, Mrs. Fitzgerald: Penny, Dr. Burton: Sam, Frank Jr.: Jay, Fred: Tim, Larry: Ryan (p. 103); rehearsals every day except Saturdays & Sundays (p. 106); performances on two Fridays and Saturdays: April 8, 9, 15 & 16 (p. 106); Amy joins stage crew, on props committee (p. 110) Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) Active at school only since fall of Alice’s junior year (#21: Almost Alice, p. 32); she joins 2nd semester of 11th grade, to fulfill her promise to Lori (#21, p. 11); attends her first meeting on a Thursday in February (#21, p. 30); Alice’s article on the Day of Silence appears in The Edge in early April, and then the event is observed on Friday, April 11 (two weeks before the national observance), with supporters wearing armbands (Gwen wears one; Liz and Pam don’t) and a little ceremony at the end of the day (#21, pp. 166–167); in Alice’s senior year, the school observes National Coming Out Day on October 11—adorns the front entrance with a rainbow and distributes rainbow armbands (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 72) Student Jury Activated at school at the start of Alice’s senior year; Alice is recommended to serve on it (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 11); supervised by vice principal Mr. Gephardt, teachers rotate as faculty advisers; 1 or 2 times a month, Wednesdays after school; five-member panel of just juniors and seniors: Lori Haynes, Darien Schweitzer, Kirk Manning, Murray Hardesty, and Alice (#23, pp. 11, 35); meets in a conference room across from the school library (#23, p. 233); hears three cases in book #23: sophomore boy making a mess in cafeteria (p. 36); sophomore girl caught shoplifting (p. 139); freshman kid messing up boys’ bathroom (p. 235) Student Safety Council Begun in Alice’s senior year (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 64); meets at 3:15–4:15 on Fridays in G-108; faculty adviser: Gordon Bloom (#23, p. 167); Alice is not a member, but when she tries to research it for an Edge feature, she discovers it was disbanded before it ever took off—just 5 guys and 2 girls, mostly concerned with self-defense (#23, p. 168) Trips, Vacations & School Break Activities
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General Notes: Farthest west she’s gone is Chicago, farthest east Ocean City (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 11) (though traveled to Tenn. over Thanksgiving for Uncle Charlie’s wedding, then back again for his funeral, in book #1a: Starting with Alice); can’t recall ever having been on an airplane (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 41) 3rd-grade spring break (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 137): Lester takes her to two of the Smithsonian museums; she gets lost 6th-grade spring vacation (#2: Agony of Alice, p. 99 & chaps. 14–16): Goes to Chicago for a week on the Capitol Limited line to visit Aunt Sally, Uncle Milt, Carol; Carol gives her a haircut, takes her shopping; goes to an aquarium, planetarium, Field Museum, Buckingham Fountain, Macy’s, Lake Michigan, Greek restaurant, Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute Family vacation in summer after 6th grade (#3: Alice in Rapture, chaps. 10–11): they were planning to rent a cottage in Bethany Beach (#2: The Agony of Alice), but they actually spend the last week of August at Janice’s empty beach house in Ocean City; Pamela and Elizabeth come along; Lester can only join them for the weekend b/c of his work schedule, but he brings along Patrick for 1 day; Dad strikes up a friendship with the woman in the next cottage, Helen Lake Summer after 7th grade (#7: Alice In-Between, chap. 11): The 3 girls take Amtrak to Chicago in July; Pamela needs to be rescued from Bill Donovan; Carol takes them to the north side of town for shopping, to an impersonators’ show; they go to museums and the zoo, take the el to the Loop, Lake Shore Drive, Chicago Harbor—have a great time; they return on July 22 Summer after 7th grade, early August (#8: Alice the Brave, chaps. 5 & 6): camping w/Dad, Miss Summers, Elizabeth, and Pamela; overnight on a Saturday; in a meadow at base of Sugarloaf Mountain, near a creek; make s’mores, sing songs, hike—a “magical” trip Summer after 9th grade (#16: Patiently Alice): Camp Overlook, near Cumberland, MD, in Appalachians (see details in “Jobs & Volunteer Work” section below); longest she’s been away from home (3 weeks) 10th-grade school trip (#18: Alice on Her Way): for any history students (p. 183), in April (p. 170), to New York City: the foursome is excited, all sharing one room (p. 11); in preparation, they scan a Village Voice Pam’s cousin sent her for clubs, laughing at all the raunchy ads and making plans for how to break out one night (pp. 154–155); much to Pam’s dismay, her mom is one of the chaperones (p. 171); group departs on two buses very early Friday morning (p. 179), scheduled to leave New York at five p.m. on Sunday, with an estimated trip time of five hours (p. 180); stay at a Holiday Inn (p. 183), at student rate (p. 184), Alice’s group on the 7th floor, in room 714, with a view of the neighboring bldg.’s air-conditioning system on the roof (pp. 184–185, 195); itinerary: Friday: Tenement Museum in afternoon, then either Times Square or Central Park at night (girls choose Central Park, see Tavern on the Green); Saturday: Ellis Island (via ferry from Battery Park, where A sees Statue of Liberty for first time [p. 213]), on off-Broadway play at night (either one-woman Dickinson show or oneman Gershwin show—Alice and Sam pick Gershwin; the rest of the girls see the other show); Sunday: optional jog in Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art (which A loves), UN headquarters (floors her); meals on the run (p. 185) or box meals provided; along the way, the students get a look at Rockefeller Center, Empire State Bldg. (p. 186); the Friday night escape includes subway ride, walk in NYU district, sighting of a transgendered person, food and cocktails at a club with a live band and an underwear party; other students we know who participate: Sam, Tony, Tim, Molly, Faith, Harry, Chris, Justin, Jill, Brian, Mark, Karen, Charlene; Mr. Corona, a history teacher, seems to be the lead faculty member; overall, the experience leaves Alice wanting to be different than she was before she’d had it, aware that
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you need to change and grow as you learn new things and evolve (p. 234); departure time delayed due to Mrs. Jones (p. 235), return home around 11:00 (p. 238) Post-10th-grade vacation (#19: Alice in the Know): Mr. Jones takes Pam, Liz, and Alice along with him and Meredith to Rehoboth Beach, DE, for a four-day weekend (p. 118), from Friday, August 19, to Monday, August 22 (pp. 160, 200); stay in a yellow cottage a friend lent him, 3 blocks from beach (p. 165); Alice learns to duck the waves (pp. 168–169); they get an old-time photo taken, each purchasing one print (pp. 177–178); buy fancy straw hats (p. 182); play beach volleyball (p. 185); Jet Ski for the first time (p. 185); escape the older, intoxicated guys from the bumper cars (p. 198); and generally have a great time; Bill and Meredith get engaged there (p. 179) September of 11th grade (#19: Alice in the Know): Flies to TN the day after Les’s party (Sat., Sept. 10th) to see her dying grandfather; Paul drives them all to National Airport, direct flight 3651 to Nashville; book ends while they’re still there (chap. 18); Alice misses a few days of school that first full week of her jr. year (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 13) 11th-grade spring break (#21: Almost Alice, p. 99): week of March 17–21: Works afternoons at the Melody Inn for Dad’s spring clearance sale July 8–13, summer before 12th grade (#22: Intensely Alice): Chicago, for Carol’s wedding, then some time with Patrick (see details of both incidents below) Freshman-year spring break: jam-packed: first 3 days in New York with Pamela, meeting her new friends and going to shows; an evening in Georgetown with Valerie, Abby, and Claire; an overnight in my bedroom back in Silver Spring; a visit to Valerie’s family in Frederick; a wild last-minute trip to Philly to meet Abby’s cousin on leave from the navy; a Saturday helping out at the Melody Inn; and finally, the last rainy Sunday at home, going through boxes in attic with Sylvia (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 43) Summer break freshman year: stays home and works part-time (see also “Jobs” section below) Summer break sophomore year: catering job in Eugene, OR, post-sophomore year: Saturday Market, goes to ocean, tubing on Willamette River (see also “Jobs” section below); few days with Dave up in mountains when she comes home Summer break junior year (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, chap. 10): ! 10-day trip with Liz and Pam to California—leave day after Dave’s graduation: o Train out there (California Zephyr), fly back o Layover in Chicago: have lunch with Sally & Milt at Japanese restaurant, see Sears Tower o Arrives in San Francisco; stay at same Holiday Inn on way in and way out o Travel with 5 guys, one of whom becomes Liz’s husband o Rent a sky-blue Honda, Pam does most of driving, flat tire on Route 1 (none of the girls knows how to change a tire) o See Yosemite, Sequoia National Park, L.A., Universal Studios, Rodeo Drive, movie star house tour, Disneyland, Hearst Castle, Carmel, Monterey Peninsula ! Followed by part-time job at U (see “Jobs” section below) and house-sitting for Dad and Sylvia when they’re in France, which is when she first starts to doubt her long-term compatibility with Dave Winter break senior year (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, chap. 13): Alice visits Sally & Milt for a few days (two nights) after Christmas, but then on her way to Oklahoma City to meet up with Val, runs into Patrick at O’Hare, where they reconnect and reunite, delaying the 2nd leg of her journey a bit

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Early May weekend of graduate school year: First time seeing Les & Stacy’s place in West Virginia; Alice drives down for an overnight stay with Dad & Sylvia; they tour Basswood facility, walk to river, fish in morning (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 248) Honeymoon (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, chap. 17): One-week trip to Ireland: Dublin, National Museum, pubs, Grafton Street, Dublin Castle, Trinity College, southeast Ireland and countryside, Newgrange, Kilkenny. New Orleans in November: Week before Thanksgiving when Alice’s and Liz’s kids are selfsufficient enough to get themselves ready for school, they attend an IRA (International Reading Association) conference in New Orleans, and Pam and Gwen join them (chap. 21); humorous “Marcel incident” See Alice’s “Family Life” and “Relationship with Patrick” below for trips with Patrick and kids Firsts ! 1st bike: Uncle Milt bought it for her after her mom died (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 44) ! 1st time called to principal’s office: 3rd grade (twice) (#1a: Starting with Alice: pp. 91, 159) ! 1st time she sees a sonogram: Mr. Dooley’s baby in January of her 4th-grade year (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 89) ! 1st time she tries to cook real food, she puts glue paste in Mrs. Nolinstock’s recipe for spaghetti sauce (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 179–181) ! 1st time she ever hears of someone shoe polishing their sneakers is when Aunt Sally does so—and leaves behind the bottle of white polish—upon a visit to MD (has to be her first and only visit by book #3, so X-mas of A’s 3rd-grade year) (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 151) ! 1st time at the ocean: recalls going right after moving to MD (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 157) ! 1st learns that women have to shave—their legs particularly—at Jody’s Halloween party in 5th grade, where she tries it on one leg for the first time before Jody tells her she has to keep doing it once she starts (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 30–32) ! 1st hears about a “period” when she’s 7 (recalled in both #1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 41, and #2: The Agony of Alice, p. 11), when Les tells her that it’s a “comma without a tail”; gets the actual explanation from Dad at dinner one night in November of 5th grade (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 41–42) and then receives much more detailed info from the book A Girl Grows Up at Rosalind’s sleepover in February (#1c, chap. 8) ! 1st period: gets it in Chicago over spring break when she’s 11 (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 112) ! 1st hears that some girls don’t get their periods by 18 from Pamela (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 54) (but Dad did say some might not get it until 16 or later during their first conversation about menstruation in #1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 42) ! 1st experience with tampon: told in retrospect in book #18 (Alice on Her Way, p. 321): Pamela coached her her first time, said “If you got it in, you can get it out” ! 1st real sex talk Dad has with Alice, after her assignment from her friends to find out how sperm gets into a woman, following her exposure to Rosalind’s booklet about menstruation (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 68–69) ! 1st train ride: 6th-grade spring vacation, to Chicago (#2: The Agony of Alice) ! 1st bra: Carol buys it for her in Chicago when she’s 11 (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 111) ! 1st real pair of jeans: Les takes her shopping for Levi’s at start of 6th grade (#2: The Agony of Alice, pp. 20–22)

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Promises ! Alice makes Rosalind, Sara, Megan, Jody, and Dawn promise on their word of honor to never, ever tell her secret about Lisa Shane or Lisa could get hurt (even though the whole Lisa story is a lie Les told his sister); they then call themselves “the Secret Six”; Jody is the one who eventually breaks the promise (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 74, 123) ! After Carol’s elopement, Dad has Alice and Les promise that if they ever plan to do anything shocking—like getting a tattoo, buying a motorcycle, or bungee jumping— they’ll give him some warning and break it to him gently (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 146) ! In order to ease Dad’s mind about letting the kids be unattended after school every day, Alice promises to come straight home every day, to call Dad the minute she walks in, to not stop anywhere, to lock the door, and to never use the stove or oven (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 197) ! Vows to herself that if she ever meets a suitable match for Dad, she’ll secretly arrange for them to meet and never let them (or Les) know it was planned (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 75) ! Before moving to Silver Spring, she promises Rosalind that she’ll always remain one of her best friends, even if they never see each other again (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 160) ! Alice & Patrick pledge that he’ll call her on her 21st birthday and make a date for New Year’s (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 164) ! The 3 girlfriends promise that they can share any secrets and never laugh at one another over them, at least till the end of high school (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 78); Liz sticks to the promise in book #16: Patiently Alice (p. 146) by sharing the details of her encounter with Ross ! After Les frets about the consequences of losing Marilyn’s apt. key, Patrick promises that if he and Alice still like each other when they’re 20, and if he has a key to her apt. but she
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Jobs & Volunteer Work ! Starts working at Melody Inn on Sat. mornings by book #3: Alice in Rapture for $3/hour (p. 21); works 3 hours, 9:00 A.M. to noon (arrival time of 9:00 is first mentioned in #12: A on the Outside, p. 107) ! Starts baby-sitting neighborhood kids when she’s 12, in book #3: Alice in Rapture; in 3rd week of July Mrs. Benton hires her for Tues. & Thurs. afternoons (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 43) ! Summer between 8th and 9th grades: volunteer candy striper at Suburban Hospital, with Gwen (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 7); orientation starts 2nd week of vacation (p. 22): wears a coral jacket and ID badge, must work at least one 4-hour day a week, take a TB
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Allowance/Money ! In 6th grade, at 11, Alice gets around $3, for she buys Miss Cole a $3 barrette (but w/10% discount), which she says takes basically all of her weekly allowance (#2: Agony of Alice, p. 42) ! In 7th grade, at 12, $10 a week (but A pays for her own cafeteria food out of that and her salary from Melody Inn) (#5: All But Alice, p. 73) ! Has about $30 to her name in fall of 8th grade (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 98) ! Dress for Crystal’s wedding costs her $50 (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 14) ! Throughout book #18 (Alice on Her Way), she’s mindful of paying her own way—for example, she gets her own movie ticket with Sam since he got the Starbucks bill (p. 18); she pays the diner check since he buys gas for the car (p. 128); she repays Rosalind for buying her lunch (p. 134) Medical/Health Background & Sicknesses/Ailments ! Had a checkup in the fall of 2nd grade in Chicago, male doctor, in which she asked if her ears were okay, on account of her tone deafness (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 34) ! Stomach flu in Takoma Park; 1st time Dad alone has to care for her (#1a: Starting with Alice, chap. 12) ! Her pediatrician’s office in Takoma Park had clowns and elephants on the walls (#6: Alice in April, p. 37) ! Falls on playground in March of 5th grade; scrapes her right arm and is tended to by Miss Otis; when she pretends to still feel really bad that afternoon to get Dad to come to pick her up so he can meet the pretty secretary, her plan backfires, with Les coming instead (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 78–84) ! Stomach flu 3 days before 7th grade starts; Mrs. Eggleston takes care of her (#3: Alice in Rapture, pp. 149–151)
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o They honeymoon for one week in Ireland (go back 26 years later, summer after Patricia’s wedding, for the other planned week, p. 484) o It’s a very happy young marriage (p. 293), even though it does take Alice some time to learn things, like unsuccessfully trying to surprise Patrick on their 1st anniversary (p. 295); they leave notes for each other around the house (p. 297) o Only one serious temptation of infidelity in the marriage: Patrick’s attraction to Helene (p. 365) o Celebrate 25th wedding anniversary snorkeling in the Caribbean (p. 471) o Surprises her with return trip to Caribbean for her 60th birthday celebration (p. 511) Relationship with Sam All details below are from book #18: Alice on Her Way unless specified otherwise, for entirety of their actual romantic relationship spans this book, from January to May of 10th grade. ! Sam and Alice first meet in 8th grade, in Camera Club; he’s always liked her, and they remain friends before, during, and after their respective relationships with Jennifer and Patrick (for more details about his crush on her before book #18: Alice on Her Way, see Sam’s character blurb below) ! On a Friday night in January of sophomore year, an evening at the mall to complete an Edge assignment turns romantic, with Alice experiencing Sam in a different way for the first time: they interview students, have drinks at Starbucks, go to a movie (The Silent Dark), and kiss at the end of the night (chap. 2) ! He asks her to the Jack of Hearts dance that following Monday morning at school (#18, p. 33); dinner for four first at his condo, with his mom cooking and serving; lots of dancing and some kissing at the dance; Alice notes how he’s prone to serious conversations; after the dance he confides that he’s wanted to date her since he first saw her, eating lunch with Patrick in 8th grade, and they make out, Sam very deliberate and slow (p. 103) ! By that Sunday, though (in addition to several hints thus far that Sam is moving faster than Alice), he bothers her with too many phone calls—in fact, he calls too much regularly (p. 123)—as she’s trying to do her homework; he thinks she’s too busy, the same way she thought Patrick was too busy; they make a date for Tues. after school (p. 123): following some kissing (and a brush of the breast) in the parking lot, they go to the diner, where again Alice has a great time but again Sam seems a bit too intense, telling her he’d change anything about himself for a girl he loved (p. 129) ! They’re openly affectionate in public—kissing in the halls, for example (p. 144); then his possessiveness starts to show around April (p. 160), and he sticks pretty close—too close (pp. 217, 227)—throughout NY trip ! Throughout book, there’s a definite sense of Alice liking the physical aspect of having a boyfriend—she likes to make out with Sam, she likes how much and where he touches her, the caresses and the fingering along undergarments—more than she’s actually in synch with this particular boyfriend; most notable on p. 216, where she talks about liking not knowing how far things might go ! On the bus ride back, he says “I love you” for the first time; she doesn’t answer in kind because she knows it’s not true yet (p. 237) ! Alice breaks it off the day after her birthday, honestly telling him that she feels a bit smothered, that she doesn’t love him, that he’s almost too nice (p. 272) ! Doesn’t run into him at all the summer after 10th grade (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 240) ! Gets along great with him after their breakup, as she discovers that he’s happy so long as he has a girlfriend, that’s in love with love (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 26)
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Other Dates / Miscellaneous Romance Notes Eric Fielding (#15: Simply Alice) (for details on Eric himself, see “Fielding, Eric” in “Friends & Schoolmates” character section below): First date w/Eric night spring break starts in 9th grade; Tom Hanks movie at Wheaton Plaza, then Pizza Hut (dutch); run into Patrick and Penny at cinema; A takes bus there, but Eric comes back on bus w/her, comes in for a bit, gives her two kisses, catches bus back home; stays for about an hour longer after everyone else leaves after A’s post-appendectomy nacho party and kisses her again twice (pp. 142–144); takes her to coffeehouse in church basement 14 blocks from her house—another fun date, more kissing (pp. 151–154); get ice cream over lunch break at school one day in May (p. 183); go for a walk a few days after school ends and he gives her a movie-star kiss, bending her backward (pp. 198–199); calls her for the very first time a week later to say good-bye and they promise to write (pp. 199–200); an e-mail from Eric is waiting for A when she returns from Camp Overlook (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 160); stays in touch via e-mail in fall of sophomore year (#17: Including Alice, p. 131); meets Emily, who’s special to him, that same fall (#17: Including Alice, p. 182) Tony Osler: although he’s clearly liked her since he entered the series in book #17: Including Alice, nothing actually happens between the pair until the Snow Ball of her junior year, his senior (for details on Tony himself, see “Osler, Tony” in “Friends & Schoolmates” character section below): they dance once at homecoming (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 33), then he interrupts homeroom one morning to ask her to the Snow Ball in front of everyone; she’s happy to go with a senior, especially when she discovers Scott has another date (#20, pp. 75, 77); after the dance, they park and do a “Liz-and-Ross”; she stops him as he heads for her panty line near her curfew (pp. 144– 145); then, after seeming to play with her head for a few days when she doesn’t jump at the chance to be alone with him the following weekend, she lets him go as far as “fingering” her in his bedroom after school one day when they’re alone in his house; when his father comes home and she gets a bad vibe that she’s just another “babe,” she stops things from going further after he ejaculates and calls off the relationship (pp. 216– 218) Scott Lynch (introduced at end of #19: Alice in the Know; first featured in #20: Dangerously Alice) (for details on Scott himself, see “Lynch, Scott” in “Friends & Schoolmates” character section below): Alice has a crush on him the first semester of jr. year, but after she takes a chance and kisses him on the cheek, she accepts that he just doesn’t return her feelings (p. 257); still, in book #21: Almost Alice, when Patrick isn’t available to go to the Sadie Hawkins dance with her, she gets her nerve up to ask Scott, who accepts; but when no sparks fly when they’re dancing and when she gets dropped off first with only a kiss on the forehead, she understands she isn’t special to him; by the following Monday at school, her crush fades, as she’s not one to fixate on guys who don’t want her or she can’t have; and by end of April, once she finds out about Kendra, she’s totally over him, relieved, even (#21, pp. 86, 212)

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At 9 years old, Alice thinks the best thing she’s ever done in her life is help Lisa Shane; the worst is either hiding her Brussels sprouts under Aunt Sally’s sink once or scratching Lester (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 118) Aunt Sally once told her about a baby being born with water on the brain (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 141) Gets a green vitamin pill stuck up her nostril when taking silly photos with Sara and Rosalind one Saturday morning in April; Les gets it out by having her inhale pepper (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 153–157) Learned that you don’t give expecting parents a present for their baby until it’s born when she buys Mr. Dooley’s unborn son a cap for Valentine’s Day (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 94) Although book #3 (Alice in Rapture, p. 121) says that Alice learned where babies come from in 5th-grade health and hygiene class, the book that covers 5th grade (#1c: Lovingly Alice) doesn’t discuss this class; so in terms of what we actually see addressed in the series, Alice’s early exposure to the birds and the bees comes from a combination of book #1b (Alice in Blunderland, pp. 52–57 and passim), where Mr. Dooley covers how embryos/fetuses develop in 4th grade; book #1c, when she gets details about menstruation from Rosalind’s booklet, followed up by a talk with Dad about the purpose of menstruation (chap. 8); and then her education in junior high (see also the items about periods in “Firsts” section above) Dad explains artificial insemination to her mid-5th-grade year (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 70) 11th birthday (#1c: Lovingly Alice, chap. 15): has a party (4:00 on a Sunday) to make up for last year’s missed celebration, with last year’s invitees (Rosalind, Megan, Jody, Dawn, Donald, Ollie, and Cory); Les is MC in charge of games/entertainment and makes everyone come dressed in one color head to toe (except underwear): Alice (green); Les (white); Megan (pink); Jody (blue), who wins the prize of bag of M&M’s; scavenger hunt; Dad makes hot-dog buffet, ice-cream buffet, then cake; A is delightfully surprised by a card from Sara Dad explains the “art of diplomacy” in May of 5th-grade year (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 146) 6th-grade play part: bramble bush (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 83) “with branches thick” (#21: Almost Alice, p. 219) Dad takes her to National Symphony at Kennedy Center (#4: Reluctantly Alice, pp. 48– 49) Alice is featured in school paper as a new student (#4: Reluctantly Alice, pp. 54–60) Makes a Russian Revolution timeline chart w/Patrick for Mr. Hensley’s class when they feel ashamed about hurting his feelings with their passed cartoons (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 124) The “Bubbles episode” (pics of the 3 friends in the bathtub from a sleepover get circulated at school) (#4: Reluctantly Alice, chap. 11) Wants pierced ears as early as 8 years old (in book #1a: Starting with Alice, p. 45); finally gets them pierced in January of 7th grade (book #5: All But Alice, p. 20); Lester faints After watching a Tarzan movie one Sat. night in August (after her 4th-grade year), she plays Tarzan & Jane w/Donald the next afternoon (#2: The Agony of Alice, chap. 1; actual event: #1b: Alice in Blunderland, chap. 22) Prior to 6th grade, her school clothes were from the Sears catalog (#2: The Agony of Alice, pp. 20, 21; #5: All But Alice, p. 4) Starts needing a bra by 11 (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 20)
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New Year’s Eve not a big deal to her so far, usually asleep (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 39); not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 1) Learns about intercourse (including orgasm) from Carol (#12: A on the Outside, pp. 24– 27) Doesn’t have one memory of her parents kissing but wishes she did (#12: A on the Outside, p. 80) Doesn’t want b-day parties anymore once she turns 14, but her friends do bring balloons to school for her and a cookie w/candle in it at lunch (#12: A on the Outside, pp. 136– 137) Takes “Do You Have Bedroom Eyes?” quiz and “Are You a Tease” summer before 9th grade (#13: Grooming of Alice, pp. 47–55); then the girls write their own quiz: “Your Fave Fella” Grounded for a week for hiding Pamela and lying in July before 9th grade (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 98) Slowly starts to separate from Dad a bit in preparation for adulthood in July before 9th grade (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 120) Learns the word “inexplicable” in 2nd-semester English of 8th grade (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 124) “For Girls Only” all-day seminar a Saturday in August before 9th grade; Mrs. Price signs them up, at the Y, 12–15 year olds; they learn all about the anatomy and that all variations of bodies are normal; Alice does her self-inspection that night (#13: The Grooming of Alice, chaps. 11 & 12) Dad gets roped into allowing the group to have its first coed sleepover at the McKinley house the first weekend of high school (#14: Alice Alone, p. 28); the kids throw a surprise b-day celebration for Lester that night (pp. 31, 53) Falls down the stairs and wets herself early in 2nd semester of 9th grade (#15: Simply Alice, p. 2) Acknowledges that Elizabeth and Pamela do more together, have more in common, in terms of an interest in fashion and style in book #13: The Grooming of Alice; but by book #15: Simply Alice (pp. 32–33), she recognizes that she’s not as close to them as she was a semester ago; by mid-winter of freshman year, can’t stand the situation any longer, goes to Elizabeth’s and talks it all out w/her best friends and asks for their patience (pp. 66– 68) Tattooed against her will w/Greek masks rubber stamp on right buttock by Richard, Devon, and Ed as initiation—Harry tries to defend her (#15: Simply Alice, pp. 55–56) By end of 9th grade, sleepovers are usually at Alice’s b/c Pam and Liz both need to get away from home at times (#15: Simply Alice, p. 201) Sally teaches her “SDVW” about cleaning (#15: Simply Alice, p. 213) Has been on a merry-go-round in her lifetime (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 109); indeed, later in the book, there’s a picture of her and her mother on one in Alice’s baby book (p. 166) Receives another box of Carol’s hand-me-downs 2 weeks before sophomore year starts (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 213) Keeps a store of tampons in her backpack Remembers Dad taking her to a concert when she was little; she laughed out loud at how far back the piano player leaned on the bench (#17: Including Alice, p. 41) In December of 10th grade, asks Dad how he would react if she ever told him she was a lesbian (#17: Including Alice, p. 239)

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Future career goal listed as “bubble dancer” in a November issue of The Edge (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 66) She finds it comforting when Carol tells her there’s not just one love out there for everybody (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 101) The closet incident: Alice impulsively hides in Dad’s closet one night to try to eavesdrop on him and Sylvia, to see if she’ll tattle on her, and is stuck there when they make love; able to crawl out undetected afterward when Sylvia is in bathroom and Dad falls asleep (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 123–127) The friends start “Girls’ Night Out” in 11th-grade, with the Homecoming Dance, where they all go solo, but the first real one is on Tues., Dec. 4, at Edgar’s in Georgetown, to see the band Blood and Tonic, with Alice driving her friends for the first time; sit with college guys; witness the annual streaking of the Georgetown U Men’s Glee Club to raise money for Children’s Hospital at Christmas (#20: Dangerously Alice, chap. 11) Alice notes a bit of a turning point in her relationship to Dad after she writes “The City of Night” and realizes there are some things you can’t or don’t tell your parents as you age—that growing up always means growing away to a degree, a necessary distance—a sad but simultaneously exciting development (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 220) Doesn’t immediately tell her friends how far she went with Tony, wants to wait until she processes it (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 218) At Alice’s suggestion, 14 students from her 1st-semester, 11th-grade speech class protest a parent’s interference with a class assignment, make it into the Washington Post’s Metro section (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 232, 256) All details of the evening of Brian’s drunken car accident—dinner with the gang first, the party in Germantown, the accident, the cops, the police station, injuries to all involved, Dad’s reaction—are given in Chapters 15 & 16 of #20: Dangerously Alice By junior year, most of her friends call her on her cell, so she doesn’t usually get the house phone anymore (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 291) The murder mystery dinner theater date with Patrick happens over spring break of her junior year (#21: Almost Alice, chap. 8) Tells Dad one of her very few “outright lies” on a Sunday evening in June, when she strongly implies that Patrick has arranged for her to stay with a friend in the girls’ dorm at U of Chicago, when no such thing has happened yet (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 43) Pre-12th-grade 4th of July: Concert-and-fireworks-on-the-Mall plans get rained out, so the gang hangs out at Mark’s (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 51) All four girls stay at Les’s apt. from July 31 to Aug. 9 summer before sr. year to uphold the contract with Mr. Watts while the roommates are on vacation (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 187); the first night they’re there, they write out a list predicting where everyone will be at 25 (p. 195), cook dinner for Mr. Watts the next night, have friends over in the backyard on Sunday afternoon/evening, and the cops break it up when Keeno’s friends crash Embarrassing moment: Accidentally touches Louie’s penis in the hot tub after charity trick-or-treating in October of 12th-grade year (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 158), immediately followed by the girls getting caught in a car’s headlights, undressed, as they’re trying to escape unnoticed She’s on Facebook (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 245) Lands the part of Anne in spring production of Cheaper by the Dozen—the first thing she’s ever vied for and the thing she wanted most in her senior year (#24: Incredibly Alice) Most exciting thing she’s ever done: having the limo driver stop for a photo of her and Patrick at the top of the Bay Bridge on her 18th birthday (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 240)
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2. Ben (Dad) General Info ! From Tennessee ! Birthday: April 30 (#6: Alice in April, pp. 31, 59) ! When Alice is 10, he has thick hair at the sides, thinning on top, already graying above the ears (temples) (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 5), which holds throughout the series, where the next note about his hair is that it’s “thinning over his ears” in the original series ! Crow’s feet when he smiles (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 5); a sparkle in his eyes ! Wears glasses (at least when reading [#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 181; #2: The Agony of Alice, p. 11] and when watching TV [#23: Alice in Charge, p. 130]) ! Mustache in book #13: Grooming of Alice ! Around 5’10”, slightly chubby, not particularly muscular, skinny legs, knobby knees; loses a little weight in preparation for his wedding (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 3), but still looks like a teddy bear to Alice ! Turns 50 years old in book #6: Alice in April, when Alice is going on 13 and Les is 20!; married at 25, close to 5 years later they had Les, when Ben was almost 30 ! Three brothers, two of whom are twins ! Two years older than Marie ! Alice comments several times how much younger he looks in his happiness at marrying Sylvia (#17: Including Alice, e.g., pp. 73, 248) ! #26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything: o At 55, when she leaves for college, he still looks like a bear to her: sort of pudgy and cuddly, his head slightly balding on top (p. 7) o By age 63, deepening lines around his mouth (p. 308) o Back bothering him a lot by mid to late 80s (p. 478) o Dies of a massive coronary 3 months before his 88th birthday (which would have been in April) in the ICU of Holy Cross Hospital, the morning he was scheduled for a quadruple bypass (p. 494); had a DNR; Tyler flies in from Oberlin, but Patricia and Zack don’t make it back in time from skiing in Colorado o Cremated; service at church on Cedar Lane; ebony container for his ashes (p. 497) Personality Characteristics & Personal History ! Quiet ! Romantic ! Very gentlemanly ! Likes white wine ! Likes gardening ! Does crossword puzzles ! Pretty well-read and cultured ! Does the ironing ! Can cook and clean (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 2) ! Has been silently mending A’s clothes for years; she doesn’t realize this until book #6: Alice in April (p. 25), though he sews neither well nor quickly (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 2) ! Buys composer stamps ! At 12, favorite songs were “Yellow Submarine” and “Surfer Girl” (#6: Alice in April) ! Read Tales from Arabian Nights when he was 14 ! Poems memorized in school: “The Highwayman” and “Lochinvar”
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Chronology Details ! Goes to 3-day convention in NY on Thanksgiving weekend (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 70) ! Attends an overnight music conference in Michigan with Sylvia in late July after A’s 7thgrade year (#7: Alice In-Between, pp. 70, 141; #8: Alice the Brave, pp. 6–7) ! Takes a fall when cleaning the gutters is November of A’s 8th-grade year and goes to ER of Suburban Hospital (#10: Outrageously Alice, pp. 96–102) ! Needs to hire clarinet instructor for Melody Inn in fall 1993 (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 63); one is on staff by book #11: Achingly Alice (p. 81) hired a married male behind-thescenes ! Relandscapes the whole yard in preparation for Sylvia, late summer/fall of A’s freshman year (#14: Alice Alone, p. 78) ! Has season ticket to National Symphony in A’s 9th-grade year (#15: Simply Alice, p. 201); June concert is Schubert and Mendelssohn (p. 208) ! Goes to a management conference in Baltimore on Tues., Nov. 27th—the night of Alice and Sylvia’s big fight when she can’t go to Edgar’s—but beyond a few pointers, doesn’t think it was worth his time, won’t do it again (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 112, 123) Employment History & Facts
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Romance Department ! Dated 6 girls before married Marie (#5: All But Alice, p. 136; #8: Alice the Brave, p. 123), one was a brunette w/gray eyes who just didn’t feel that spark for him (#14: Alice Alone, p. 145) ! Believes in long, slow courtships (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 3) ! Shy w/girls up to college (#15: Simply Alice, p. 53) ! Went to a play with widow Sharon Jeffers in January of A’s 4th-grade year; she gives him a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, but Ben says they’re only friends (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 111) ! Customer gives him two tickets to the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center for a Friday evening early in October of Alice’s 5th-grade year; he invites Elaine to accompany him, gets dressed up, tells the kids he likes her a lot (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 22–23); relationship fizzles out by end of December when he can’t meet her financial expectations (p. 49) ! Likes Helen Lake in book #3: Alice in Rapture, neighbor at Janice’s beach house ! Janice likes him the whole time she’s in the series, until, heartbroken over his engagement, she finally transfers to Toledo Marital History & Courtship with Marie o They met at a fraternity party (Charlie’s), danced and talked w/their eyes, instant connection; saw her again at a theater; wrote her a funny letter then a serious one; she returned Charlie’s ring (#14: Alice Alone, pp. 142–143) o Charlie was furious but gentlemanly; met w/Ben and proposed a 3-month period where neither of them saw her, but she goes to Ben a week later and makes her choice obvious (#14: Alice Alone, p. 144) o Initial courtship: he visited every 2 weeks (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 128) o Swept Marie off her feet, particularly w/his love letters (#9: Alice In Lace, p. 84); long engagement (#20: Alice in the Know, p. 79) o Married at 25 (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 129): Ben in graduate school with only $200 in the bank; Marie took a low-paying job until they had enough for two months’ rent, then got married; paid organist & preacher $20 each and Marie bought a dress, flowers from Sally’s neighbors, grandmother baked cake, snapshots from family for photographs (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 99) o Spent $100 at secondhand store for furniture (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 99) o Went camping in a state park for a weekend for honeymoon; slept in tent (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 8–9) o Took a trip together a year after marriage (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 9) o Close to 5 years after they got married, they had Les o “Fascination” one of their favorite songs (#10: Outrageously Alice, pp. 41–42)
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Relationship with Sylvia Summers o The couple meet when Alice sets them up for the Messiah Sing-Along the Sunday before Christmas, Dec. 22nd, of her 7th-grade year; on X-mas Eve, there’s a note from her at the house, thanking Alice for the lovely time; Ben invited her over for Xmas Eve, but she had plans; Dad likes her off the bat, and she seems to like him too, sharing common interests in music, but he suspects he’s too old for her (#4: Reluctantly Alice, chap. 14) o Start dating in winter (Dec.) of A’s 7th-grade year, after she invites her teacher to their traditional Messiah Sing-Along, though Alice doesn’t learn this until Feb. via the coincidence of Sylvia and Dad both calling her “a symphony in green” on the same day (#5: All But Alice, p. 67) o He works the first Valentine’s Day they’re dating, so they don’t go out that night (#5: All But Alice, p. 94) but they do that Saturday instead o Sing at the piano together o July after A’s 7th-grade year: Attend music conference in Michigan together, where she takes a flamenco dancing course and they see Gibson’s play Two for the Seesaw (#7: Alice In-Between; #8: Alice the Brave) o August that same summer: overnight trip to Sugarloaf Mt. with Ben, Alice, Pam, and Elizabeth; her first time ever camping (#8: Alice the Brave, p. 24 and chaps. 5 & 6) o By Sept. of A’s 8th-grade year, Sylvia is seeing both Jim Sorringer and Ben, which doesn’t make either man happy—Jim specifically (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 57), and Ben, in general, through his somber mood o That fall, they pick apples together in the mountains (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 28); she helps him prepare for a concert the Melody Inn is sponsoring (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 82); he helps her put up her storm windows; she takes him to the ER when he falls off a ladder #10: Outrageously Alice) o Have danced together before (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 42) o They don’t date every weekend; they don’t come to the McKinley house on their dates early in their courtship (#10: Outrageously Alice) o She accepts Alice’s invitation to the Messiah Sing-Along the next year (A’s 8th grade) as well (#9: Alice in Lace; #11: Achingly Alice, p. 3), and she invites Ben to the school band concert in mid-December (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 3), where she introduces Ben to Jim (p. 9), and she spends X-mas with the McKinleys o On New Year’s Eve of her 8th-grade year, A sees her Dad writing Sylvia a note and informs us that he writes her notes/letters sometimes, perhaps because that’s how he wooed Marie (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 41); because he looks so sad, A plans to think of something to try to break Sylvia and Jim up for good and so tells Miss Summers at school the first day back that she’s seen Jim with another woman (really, it’s the older secretary at the school) (#11: Achingly Alice, pp. 43–44) (she eventually confesses to Sylvia at Les’s prompting; #11: Achingly Alice, chap. 9) o Alice recalls Sylvia called him “Gentle Ben” once (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 72) o Alice is upset when Sylvia and Jim come to the Valentine’s Dance together, as chaperones, and slow dance together (#11: Achingly Alice, pp. 71, 74); even more upset when Sylvia accepts exchange teacher position for next year in England (#11: Achingly Alice, pp. 96, 100) o Ben proposes to her several times behind-the-scenes (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 101) o They love each other, but she thinks the year away in England will be good for her to sort her feelings out (#11: Achingly Alice)
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o She invites him to visit her there; and they plan on writing (#12: A on the Outside, pp. 79, 109) o He drives her to the airport when she leaves for England the second day of A’s summer vacation (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 15), and when he’s there, he buys ticket for his visit in the last 2 weeks in August from United (p. 28); his return trip lands at Dulles (#14: Alice Alone, p. 6) o They exchange letters while she’s away (#13: The Grooming of Alice) o They call the kids from England during his visit and announce they’re going to get married next year (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 197), possibly in July (#14: Alice Alone, p. 9); bought matching gold bands (woven look) there, she didn’t want a diamond (#14: Alice Alone, p. 15; repeated in #15: Simply Alice and #16: Patiently Alice, p. 3) o She told him about Jim Sorringer on their 3rd date (#14: Alice Alone, p. 142) o Karen overhears Jim saying he’s going to Chester over holidays at her dad’s party and tells Alice; Les decides this is something Dad needs to know; although Dad trusts Sylvia to tell him in her own time (he rightly assumes Jim’s going unannounced and won’t find Sylvia there, as she’d planned to travel over the break after X-mas w/a fellow teacher), tension isn’t gone until she calls and explains she had no idea at end of book #14: Alice Alone (pp. 215–229) o Planned wedding date: July 28; small ceremony w/family and friends only (#15: Simply Alice, pp. 6–7) o Sends her dozen roses in England for Valentine’s Day (#15: Simply Alice, p. 34) o While she’s away, he works on house to ready it for her: landscaping, cleaning (#14: Alice Alone, pp. 71, 78–79; #15: Simply Alice, pp. 75, 85); starts thinking about finishing the basement of the house so they’ll all have more room (#14: Alice Alone, p. 81) o She surprises him around Easter (during A’s spring break), spends her two-week vacation w/him (#15: Simply Alice, 86) o Real cleaning frenzy begins a week before she’s due back (#15: Simply Alice, pp. 211–214) o Whole family meets her at Dulles Airport (on June 16, two days before A’s stint at camp); she vomits (#15: Simply Alice, pp. 217–218) o Before Alice leaves for Camp Overlook, Sylvia begins planning the wedding, which she loves doing (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 15) o Wedding gets postponed when Sylvia has to rush out to Albuquerque when her sister gets septicemia after a bowel operation; Sylvia decides they’ll set a date once Nancy’s out of danger, regardless of whether or not she can make it to the wedding (p. 159); at end of book #16: Patiently Alice (p. 230), she calls to say she should be able to return home in October, by which time her sister should be well enough o When Ben misses Sylvia, he listens to music they’ve enjoyed together (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 168); during her absence, he’s forgetful and sad, mopes around and only works in the garden (p. 197) o Wedding date set for Saturday, October 18 (#17: Including Alice, p. 1); Sylvia returns home on October 1 (#17: Including Alice, p. 4) (See Section VI below, “Details of Significant Events,” for particulars on wedding) o Their song is “All the Things You Are,” which Alice finds out for the first time at the wedding (#17: Including Alice, p. 95) o Once living together, they share details about their days every evening (#17: Including Alice, p. 184)
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o Sylvia tells Alice that Ben is the kindest man she’s ever known, so considerate and patient to have waited for her (#17: Including Alice, pp. 253–254) o Ben’s been promising to take Sylvia dancing for about a year before she finally holds him to it on their first New Year’s Eve as husband and wife (#17: Including Alice, pp. 267–268) o 1st Wedding Anniversary: Thurs., Oct. 18th: Dinner at Four Seasons in Georgetown with show at the Kennedy Center after (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 51) o They lock their bedroom door when they make love (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 124) o The couple wants to go to Paris one day (#21: Almost Alice, p. 103) o Take a weekend trip to New York the June before Alice’s senior year, go to a new exhibit at the Met, a new restaurant, an off-Broadway show, Central Park, take a Circle Line cruise—great weather (#22: Intensely Alice, pp. 8, 14, 42) o Travel to France in August after Alice’s junior year of college (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 157); two-week trip—Ben’s first time, Sylvia always wanted to return; Alice watches house (with Dave) while they’re gone and helps out at Melody Inn o Florence, Venice, and Rome next—sometime after Patricia is 6 (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 354) o By time Les is 46, they’re planning a trip to Scandinavia (#26, p. 413) o They love working together in their garden into their old age (#26, p. 438) o After Ben’s death, she regrets the year she spent in England—would have been one more year together; was hoping the things that irritated her about him, like the way he’d interrupt what she was reading and his moodiness, would make his absence easier to bear, but no (#26, p. 499) Gifts 4th-grade X-mas: Alice gives him crossword puzzle book (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 79) 5th-grade X-mas: Alice gives him aftershave lotion (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 44) 6th-grade X-mas: Alice gives him a book about composers and their loves (#2: Agony of Alice, pp. 87–88) 50th birthday (#6: Alice in April): From Alice: hosts a dinner party for 13 people, serves ginger ale, black olives, salad, twice-baked potatoes, steak, pineapple upside-down cake, coffee (chap. 18) From Lester: hot air balloon ride for two, scheduled for the 2nd Sunday in May (p. 91) (gift is from both kids; he takes Sylvia, p. 160) From Loretta: NY Philharmonic Orchestra coffee mugs (p. 150) From Sylvia: gives him a cassette of her singing some of his favorite songs (p. 151) 8th-grade X-mas (#11: Achingly Alice): From Lester: his gag gift is a small plastic wind-up drum w/feet (p. 26) From Alice: giant coffee mug (p. 26) From Sylvia: 2 shirts w/matching ties (p. 29) From Janice: silver ice bucket (p. 32) 9th-grade X-mas: From Alice: Polartec gloves and his favorite candy (#14: Alice Alone, p. 222) 10th-grade X-mas: From Sylvia: present to each other (for V’s Day and birthdays, too) is their new bedroom set (#17: Including Alice, p. 213) From Alice: a Greek sailor cap (#17: Including Alice, p. 245) 10th-grade birthday: passes without any fanfare From Alice: book and candy (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 250)
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3. Marie (Mom) (“Mom” [#1a: Starting with Alice; “Momma” [#1b: Alice in Blunderland; #2: The Agony of Alice]; “Mama” [#3: Alice in Rapture; #4: Reluctantly Alice]; “Mother” [#6: Alice in April; #16: Patiently Alice]) General Info ! Strawberry blond hair worn loose around her face, shoulder length (#17: Including Alice, pp. 51, 117); lots of hair (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 293) ! Freckled ! Tall (an inch or so taller than Dad), long legs ! Originally from Illinois ! Older sister: Sally (Marie was four years younger than her; #5: All But Alice, p. 53; #17: Including Alice, p. 51) ! Two years younger than Ben ! Married when Ben was 25, so Marie was 23 and Sally was 27 = married 16 years before her death, had Lester ~5 years into marriage ! Died at 39 years old (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 37), in a hospital (Alice was not there when she passed; #1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 29) in Chicago (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 99) of leukemia after a 4-month battle (#4: Reluctantly Alice, pp. 160–161); Ben provides some details of the ordeal, including that her first noticed symptom was bleeding, that he was there when she passed, stroking her hair, that Alice visited her once (which she recalls) (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 59–60); Alice recalls a hospital visit in book #26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything (p. 495), Mom singing to her in her lap ! Alice was 5 at the time of her death, before she started kindergarten (even though in early books, Alice sometimes guesses “four or five”) (#8: Alice the Brave) ! Alice keeps a picture of her on her bedroom dresser; didn’t cry much at her funeral (#1a: Starting with Alice, pp. 8, 26), but remembers everyone else crying (#14: Alice Alone, p. 123) ! Les says she was “nice looking, pretty,” not necessarily “beautiful” (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 75) Personality Characteristics & Personal History ! Homemaker ! Natural, didn’t dress up much (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 75), wore slacks a lot, which makes Alice wonder if she was as sexy as Sylvia (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 80) ! Good sense of humor, funny ! Sang well, particularly liked songs from Showboat ! Never made oatmeal in her life ! Didn’t like going to the dentist, either ! Permed her hair ! Loved to make homemade gifts, to make something out of nothing (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 77) ! Loved the snow (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 77) ! On summer nights, she’d sometimes plan a backyard picnic for when Ben got home from work (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 78) ! Used to tell Lester to do the opposite of what she wanted him to do, since he was contrary (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 102) ! Breast-fed Alice (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 149; #4: Reluctantly Alice)
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Things of Hers in the House/in the Series ! Sewing box (#6: Alice in April, p. 21) ! Her old recipe box still in the kitchen (Alice doesn’t realize this until book #6: Alice in April, p. 56) ! Silk pastel flowered robe (Ben keeps it in the back of his closet) (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 123) ! Books ! A hand mirror w/white flowers on back in Ben’s bottom drawer (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 173) ! Linen tablecloth (#14: Alice Alone, p. 179) ! Strand of costume pearls (Alice’s) (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 17) ! Upon Sally’s death, Carol and Alice discover the sisters’ baby teeth, teething rings, hair ribbons, photos, etc. among Sally’s personal things—each daughter takes her mother’s childhood relics (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 355) Romance Department ! Married at 23 ! Was engaged to Charlie Snow, left him for Ben (#14: Alice Alone, p. 142) (See Ben’s section for more details, as well as description of Charlie in miscellaneous character list and text on Ben’s and Marie’s honeymoon at end of document)

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4. Lester Paul (Brother) General Info ! “Les” ! Birthday: September 4, 1972 (#6: Alice in April, p. 31) ! 7 years, 8 mos. older than Alice ! Thick brown hair; thin on top by book #9: Alice in Lace, but sides still thick (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 5); “dark hair, dark eyes” (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 7) ! Hint of a mustache when he’s 15–16; full black mustache by the time he’s 19; just stubble on cheeks and chin at 24 years old (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 7) ! Taller than Dad (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 5) ! At 19, his jeans size is 33 x 34 (#2: The Agony of Alice) ! Average weight; “svelte” by book #16: Patiently Alice (p. 5) ! Resembles Dad when he was younger physically, but very unlike him in personality as he ages ! Considered very handsome; all A’s friends have a crush on him ! Very thick toenails (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 208) ! Has beard when comes home for Thanksgiving Alice’s freshman year of college (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 29) Personality Characteristics ! Impatient ! Sloppy ! Rather rebellious: as a kid, he’d do the opposite of what was asked of him ! Pudgy and clumsy as an adolescent (#12: A on the Outside, p. 131) ! Eats fast (#2: The Agony of Alice) ! Not particularly fond of cats (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 68) ! German chocolate is one of his favorite kinds of cake (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 48; #19: Alice in the Know, p. 229) ! Likes dark chocolate (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 57) ! Hides the foods he likes in the kitchen (#2: The Agony of Alice) ! Good memory (#3: Alice in Rapture) ! Doesn’t get sick often, and when he does, it’s only a cold (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 106) ! Puts whipped cream in his coffee (#5: All But Alice) ! Sings in the shower (#6: Alice in April) ! Favorite breakfast: fresh orange juice, French toast, bacon, coffee (#9: Alice in Lace) ! Favorite dinner: filet mignon, baked potatoes w/sour cream, green beans w/almonds, Caesar salad, German chocolate cake (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 229) ! When he takes Alice out, he treats her like an adult (#15: Simply Alice) ! Not a fan of shopping malls, department stores, and especially women’s departments in stores (#17: Including Alice, p. 148) ! Tucks the presents he’s giving at the back of the X-mas tree (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 271) ! Has of course thought about religion as a philosophy major; likes the field because he likes to question (#22: Intensely Alice, pp. 22, 23) Personal History & Chronological Tidbits ! His birth took a lot longer than Alice’s; Dad wasn’t allowed in delivery room (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 125–126)
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Romance Department (See also “Lester’s Women” below) ! Crush on Maxine in 2nd grade; too shy to tell her (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 238; see Maxine’s blurb below for details) ! Broke up with Amy Miller 2 days before moving from Chicago, when he found out she was making out with his best friend in a Toyota ! Says he was very shy w/girls when younger (#15: Simply Alice) ! Thinks the most attractive thing about a girl is her laugh (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 21) ! Not a proponent of setting people up (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 75) ! When he was 15, “The Age of Embarrassment,” he won a bet with a girl in his science class and therefore was supposed to get a look at her breasts; had so much trouble trying to get her bra off that he never got his peek before the custodian found them in the band room after school; he lied about their names to the custodian, but vowed after that to learn how to unhook a bra; ordered one from Sears catalog, but Dad opened the package first (#18: Alice on Her Way, pp. 121–122) ! High School Senior Prom: the Saturday after Alice’s birthday; wears black tux jacket, white ruffled top, red bow tie, red, white, and blue satin stars-and-stripes shorts, one black sock, and one black patent-leather shoe (because cast on broken ankle); Lisa Shane is his date (in a strapless red dress); saved up his money to rent limo w/two other couples; Les is the first one picked up, but they all return for pictures; all-night pool party at Holiday Inn afterward; Lisa pays for the photos; they both have a blast (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 87–90, 150–152, 155–156) ! Successful with women; has dated 14 girls by book #5: All But Alice ! Not dating anyone the summer after A’s freshman year (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 162); starts dating Tracy in A’s sophomore year (for details, see Tracy’s entry in “Lester’s Women” below)

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Education & School Facts ! His parents started him in kindergarten a year late because they didn’t think he was ready—shy and immature for his age then, though he always does well in school thereafter—so he’s a year older than most his classmates (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 14) ! Crush on 7th-grade French teacher, gave her a Snickers bar and an unsigned note “For You” (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 44, 45) ! Junior high in Chicago; had to memorize “The Cremation of Sam Magee”; most embarrassing moment b/c his voice was changing (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 18) ! Learned the Heimlich maneuver in 9th grade (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 86) ! Moved to MD in his sophomore year of high school (#1a: Starting with Alice) ! His high school starts earlier and gets out earlier than A’s elementary school ! In the 2nd semester of his jr. year of high school, he decides to start college at Montgomery and then transfer to a university once he’s chosen a major (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 138) ! He’s already applied to Montgomery by April of his senior year (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 86) ! One of his senior-year courses is physics (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 134) ! Great-looking anthropology teacher in his first year of junior college (#2: The Agony of Alice) ! Transferred from Montgomery College to U of MD for his *junior year (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 11) ! In jr. year of college, has a philosophy course (#5: All But Alice, p. 29); by start of next school year, wants to switch his major from business to philosophy (#8: Alice the Brave, p. 128) ! Takes a summer course after his jr. year in college (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 136) ! Studies the Socratic method in senior year (#12: A on the Outside) ! Graduates in June; plans to go to graduate school if he can get a fellowship (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 118) ! Gets a grant from U of MD for graduate studies (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 45) ! Takes summer courses in 1994 until done in mid-August (#13: The Grooming of Alice); at school all afternoon on Tuesdays ! Has started work on his master’s degree at U of MD by last week of August (#14: Alice Alone, p. 3)
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Chronology Tidbits ! Enters the series in book #4: Reluctantly Alice, as Alice’s 7th-grade English/Language Arts teacher ! Spent last X-mas in California, presumably visiting Jim (#9: Alice in Lace) ! Flies to her sister’s for Thanksgiving 1993 (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 115) ! Spends X-mas with the McKinleys in A’s 8th-grade year, but New Year’s with Jim (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 12) ! Accepts position as an exchange teacher in Chester, England (Alice first learns this at teacher recognition assembly in book #11: Achingly Alice, p. 96); plans to depart for England in June (after Alice’s 8th-grade year); had applied for the grant last October, before she’d ever met Ben; admits to Alice she’s in love w/her father but still has feelings for Jim so needs a year alone (#11: Achingly Alice, chap. 9) ! Rents out her house to a woman who’ll tend to her flowers (#12: A on the Outside, p. 78) ! Leaves the 2nd day of summer vacation (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 15) ! Gets a small “very British” flat in England w/only one phone (#13: The Grooming of Alice, pp. 65, 197) ! Plans to travel over the holidays of A’s 9th-grade year (#14: Alice Alone, p. 80) ! Her renter leaves for Syracuse in March (#15: Simply Alice, p. 89) ! Returns home on June 16 (#15: Simply Alice) ! Departs for Albuquerque on the 2nd Friday afternoon of A’s counseling stint at Camp Overlook because her sister gets very sick; plans to return in October of A’s sophomore year (#16: Patiently Alice) ! Returns to MD on October 1 of Alice’s sophomore year (#17: Including Alice, p. 4) ! Went with Lois to a college frat costume party as a belly dancer, kept costume in her closet, they were a big hit with the guys, a senior drove them home (#17: Including Alice, pp. 128, 137) ! Has a cell phone (#17: Including Alice, p. 133) ! Puts her house up for sale around the time of the wedding and slowly moves her things to McKinleys’ house even after the wedding (#17: Including Alice, p. 164) ! Catches A’s bug the night before Christmas Eve, causing the McKinleys to delay Christmas during A’s 10th-grade year (#17: Including Alice, p. 249); Alice takes care of her while Dad’s at work, even giving her a back rub (#17, p. 253) ! Following a doctor’s appt. in mid-October of Alice’s senior year, an abnormal mammogram prompts the need for a biopsy at the end of the month (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 127); female radiologist; results are negative, but another sonogram recommended in six months just to be safe (#23, p. 176) ! After Ben’s death, she plans to invite her sister to come stay awhile; if it works out, maybe they’ll live together permanently (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 500) Family & Personal Relationships (Details of living relatives given below in “Extended Family” section) ! Kirk: older brother, with a family (#6: Alice in April, p. 139) ! *Margaret: niece, Kirk’s daughter (first mentioned in #6: Alice in April, p. 139, but not named until #17: Including Alice, p. 54)
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Romance Department ! Jim Sorringer: (See “Teachers” in Characters section below for more details about Jim) o Dating him by end of book #8: Alice the Brave, when Alice sees them in the Thai restaurant (p. 118) w/o knowing who the guy is yet (in actuality, they were dating before Jim left for Calif. [#9: Alice in Lace]) o He returns a diamond to Karen’s father’s jewelry store after Valentine’s Day, presumably after Sylvia rejects his proposal (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 78) o They see each other throughout A’s 8th grade, while she’s seeing Ben too; chaperone the 8th-grade semi-formal together and dance together (#12: A on the Outside) o Goes to Chester over 9th-grade holidays, unannounced, to try to win Sylvia back, but she makes her feelings clear by then (#14: Alice Alone, chap. 15) o Alice figures out from Rosalind’s news about her brother’s band that Jim is the bassist and that he can’t make it to a bar mitzvah gig the day of Ben and Sylvia’s wedding because he plans to attend (#17: Including Alice, p. 33); sure enough, he shows up at the church before the vows are said (p. 76), but he doesn’t interrupt and goes outside (p. 82); he greets her in the receiving line in the church lounge and gives her his best wishes (p. 84) ! Ben McKinley (See “Relationship with Sylvia Summers” in Ben’s “Romance Department” section above for more details about their courtship) o Meets Ben when Alice invites her to join the family for the Messiah Sing-Along during her 7th-grade X-mas; starts dating him soon thereafter o Knows she’s in love with him by the time she accepts teacher exchange position, but still has feelings for Jim o After engagement announced, she tells Alice to call her Sylvia (A doesn’t think she can call her “Mom”) (#13: Grooming of Alice, pp. 187, 198; #14: Alice Alone, p. 79); after wedding ceremony, Sylvia again invites A to call her anything that feels natural, with her first name being fine (#17: Including Alice, p. 87) o Not jealous of Marie at all; actually takes it as a compliment when he calls her by her name sometimes (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 183) Notes on Relationship with Alice / Alice’s Feelings Toward Sylvia ! Alice likes it when she learns Sylvia isn’t perfect once she moves in, things like: she’s not a morning person—dazed, speaks in monosyllables, messy hair, pale face (#17:
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Gifts Valentine’s Day of Alice’s 7th-grade year: From Ben: Vivaldi cassette (#5: All But Alice, p. 105) Christmas of Alice’s 8th-grade year (#11: Achingly Alice, pp. 26, 28–29): From Lester: brine shrimp (small gag gift) From Alice: soap From Ben: an autographed copy of The Seesaw Log Christmas of Alice’s 9th-grade year: From Alice: sterling silver clef sign pin (#14: Alice Alone, p. 196) Christmas of Alice’s 10th-grade year: From Ben: present to each other (for V’s Day and birthdays, too) is their new bedroom set (#17: Including Alice, p. 213) From Alice: small opal earrings (#17: Including Alice, p. 245) Mother’s Day of Alice’s 11th-grade year (#21: Almost Alice): They all go to the Crowne Plaza buffet brunch, with Alice and Les acting like little kids in the backseat From Alice: gift certificate for Fur and Feathers (for a grooming for Annabelle) and a card (p. 224)

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A. Family: Traits, Habits & History General ! Scotch-Irish ancestry, on the McKinley side of the family (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 1) ! Lived w/Sally and Milt the first few years after Marie’s death ! Not financially well off (#1a: Starting with Alice); but books #1b: Alice in Blunderland (p. 72) and #7: Alice In-Between state that they’re neither rich nor poor ! Move from Takoma Park to Silver Spring (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 130ff.): Move made because Dad realizes rent is just money down the drain; he house shopped on and off w/o the kids knowing and made an offer on the Silver Spring house the morning after A’s 11th birthday party (May of 5th grade); the kids see it for the first time that night— owners already moved out—and acceptance of offer comes in that evening; Silver Spring is much closer to his work, though only 15 or 20 minutes from Takoma Park house ! They don’t get Chinese much because of the MSG; but they’re a pizza family (#2: The Agony of Alice) ! Special treat in their house: midnight waffles (#8: Alice the Brave) ! Dad usually makes waffles for breakfast when Alice has a sleepover (#10: Outrageously Alice) ! If dinner is veal chops, Dad did the cooking (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 130) ! They keep a calendar w/notes of events, doctor visits, etc. (#9: Alice in Lace) ! Family doctor: Dr. Beverly (#10: Outrageously Alice) ! Official start of spring/summer: when Dad lowers the porch swing that he hooks to the ceiling each November (#12: A on the Outside) ! Alice cleans kitchen and bathroom on Saturdays; Lester vacuums on Sundays (#12: A on the Outside) ! Whenever they give gifts, they set them on the coffee table until everyone’s home to open them together (#12: A on the Outside) ! They get the Washington Post; Metro section, Style section, sports section, movie section, business section, comics, want-ads section ! They go through milk and bananas faster than anything else (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 195) ! Eat at the kitchen table, unless they have company (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 146) ! Post-wedding routines: o Sylvia in bathroom first, she’s done by time Alice is done w/breakfast, then Alice goes in, now blow-drying her hair in her bedroom to free up bathroom for Dad (#17: Including Alice, p. 183) o Cooking: Dad makes dinner on Sundays; Alice takes Tuesdays & Thursdays; Sylvia has the rest (#17: Including Alice, p. 183) o Things are tight at the store, with surrounding businesses in trouble and with headquarters closing several Melody Inn chains in the current economy, so it’s going to be a lean year (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 186 + passim) ! Once Alice leaves for college, Ben and Sylvia hire a cleaning service since they both work full-time (#25: Alice on Board, p. 11) Religious History ! The McKinleys are Methodists; family attends church on Sundays (#2: The Agony of Alice, pp. 12, 19) (but then church isn’t mentioned again in any subsequent originalseries books until #18: Alice on Her Way [see p. 50]) ! Alice doesn’t think her family believes in hell (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 152)
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House Rules & Guidelines ! No friends are allowed over the house when Dad isn’t there (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 47), a rule even more strictly enforced when he agrees to let the kids be home by themselves every day after Mrs. Nolinstock goes—no one is allowed over w/o him knowing (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 197); by book #1c: Lovingly Alice (in 5th grade), a few girls can come over (p. 19); by book #9: Alice in Lace (p. 26), it’s only boys A can’t have over when she’s alone at home, a rule that’s still holding through the summer before high school (#13: Grooming of Alice, pp. 18, 29, 30) ! Driver’s license rule: for first 6 months after obtaining, no one but family is allowed as passengers; if no accidents or tickets etc. by then, ok to drive others (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 39) ! Lester is not supposed to leave Alice alone in the house (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 14–15) ! Dad doesn’t like the kids going out on school nights, and whenever Les goes out for the evening—during the week or on the weekend—he sets an alarm clock outside his bedroom door to ring at Les’s curfew time (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 101) ! Alice isn’t supposed to cook without Lester being home (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 179); no stove or oven, though microwave is okay (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 19) ! Once she’s allowed to stay home alone after school and on Saturdays while Dad and Les work, Alice is to call Dad at the store and tell him exactly where she’s going when she goes out (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 12, 15, 19) ! Never open the door to strangers (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 19) ! Alice can’t have more than 10 friends at her birthday parties once she turns 10 ! Dinner time is family time—no TV, no reading, no radio (#2: The Agony of Alice); very informal: plates don’t match, no napkins just paper towels if needed (#6: Alice in April; #7: Alice In-Between) ! When Dad’s away at conference, kids aren’t to have anyone of the opposite sex over (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 71) ! Very firm rule: when Dad’s in England w/Sylvia, neither kid is to have anyone spend the night and both have to spend the night at home every night (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 110)
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Holidays General Notes ! Usually go out for Thanksgiving (#2: The Agony of Alice) now (in Silver Spring, to the Hot Shoppe; #4: Reluctantly Alice); used to spend it w/Sally’s family ! When they’re alone on New Year’s Eve, Dad and Alice watch the ball drop in Times Square (though A thinks this is stupid) and at midnight, they bang pots with wooden spoons on the porch Christmas Rituals ! Extended McKinley family calls one another every Christmas morning (#2: The Agony of Alice); sometimes Christmas Eve (#11: Achingly Alice); then the McKinleys call Sally and Milt (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 43) ! Always attend the Messiah Sing-Along, as far back as Chicago (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 145) ($7 per ticket, p. 164); only year they don’t go is A’s 9th grade (#14: Alice Alone, p. 227) ! When Alice was little, Ben used to walk around the house on X-mas Eve clanging sleigh bells so she’d think it was Santa coming (#11: Achingly Alice) ! Open presents Christmas morning but big meal on Christmas Eve, which Dad always cooks (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 24) ! Dad makes pecan pancakes every Christmas morning—the rule is the kids have to have food in their stomachs before eating lots of holiday chocolate (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 44) ! Can stay in PJs all day if they want, though they usually don’t (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 44) ! They traditionally stuff one another’s stockings on X-mas morning with funny wind-up toys (#17: Including Alice, p. 246), with Les always giving his sister something weird (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 79) ! Dad and Alice usually give a gift to one of the needy children whose note for Santa is on the tree at the Georgia Ave. bank (#17: Including Alice, p. 246) ! X-mas table each year: bouquet of red felt reindeer and snowmen salt and paper shakers (#17: Including Alice, p. 251) ! Play the same Christmas music each year: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Choir of King’s College, Robert Shaw Chorale (#17: Including Alice, p. 252) Specific Holidays 3rd-grade Thanksgiving: Drive to TN for Charlie’s wedding (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 72) 3rd-grade X-mas: Sally, Milt, and Carol visit the McKinleys the first year they’re in MD (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 95); attend Messiah Sing-Along at church on Cedar Lane (p. 96) 4th-grade Thanksgiving: 2nd Thanksgiving away from Chicago; Dad invites Janice, Loretta, and the Sheavers (after Mrs. Sheavers invites them to her house); Mrs. Sheavers brings the turkey and gravy, Janice brings mashed potatoes, cranberries, and green beans,
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Loretta brings salad and rolls, Les got cider, and Dad and Alice make three pies (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, chap. 6) 4th-grade Christmas: First X-mas without lots of people around, just Les, Alice, and Dad; huge tree; since they don’t have enough ornaments for it, Alice has a party and invites friends (Sara, Rosalind, Megan, Dawn, and Jody) over on Friday night to make some new ones while Les’s band practices carols in the background for their amateur concert at the mall the next morning (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, chap. 9) Fourth of July (post 4th-grade year): neighborhood has a block party; Les’s band plays at it; Alice invites Sara and Rosalind; all have a good time and the food is good, but Alice mistakes Mickey for Lisa (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, chap. 21) 5th-grade Christmas: Just Ben, Les, and Alice at home, their usual rituals, the Sing-Along a few days before the holiday, a roast dinner on Christmas Day, then Donald comes over that night when Dad and Les are both out with their lady friends to deliver a cake from his mom (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 45–46) 6th-grade Thanksgiving: Go to a restaurant; invite Janice and Loretta (#2: Agony of Alice, pp. 69–70) 7th-grade Thanksgiving: McKinleys dine at the Hot Shoppe (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 129) 7th-grade X-mas Eve: Mexican restaurant (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 182) 8th-grade Thanksgiving: dinner at home with Marilyn and Janice as guests (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 115) 8th-grade X-mas: Sylvia spends X-mas Eve & Day with them, sleeps over due to snowstorm; Marilyn comes for X-mas Eve dinner too; Dad makes rib roast; breakfast: waffles and bacon; lunch: quiche and salad (w/Patrick) (#11: Achingly Alice, pp. 16–35) 8th-grade New Year’s Eve: quite night at home with Dad; Lester out with Marilyn and friends (#11: Achingly Alice) Fourth of July, summer before 9th grade: Dad and Alice alone at home; Lester in Colorado (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 79) 9th-grade Thanksgiving (#14: Alice Alone, pp. 162–166, 167, 174–178, chap. 13): “The Great Turkey Disaster”; Alice roasts her first turkey after Sally tells her how, invites 3 CCFO members, told Dad they’re refugees; Elizabeth helps cook; plans to serve at 2:30, guests due at 2:00; she didn’t know to defrost the turkey, they cut it in half w/power saw; makes mashed sweet potatoes, 3 pies, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce, peas & carrots; appetizers: black olives, cheese & crackers, ginger ale; drops the turkey 10th-grade Thanksgiving (#17: Including Alice, pp. 186–187): Dad, Sylvia, and Alice go out to eat at an Italian restaurant, skipping the turkey in lieu of pasta for A’s sore teeth; Lester spending the day with friends 10th-grade Christmas (#17: Including Alice): Dad and Sylvia get tree and spray it white, per A’s request; Alice recovering from bug so just supervises the decorating, noticing that Dad’s no longer irritated by having trouble with the tree, now with Sylvia here; all blue and silver tree ornaments this year (pp. 243–244); Alice performs her and Dad’s banktree/needy-child ritual alone this year, giving a little girl named Becky a toy monkey in memory of her own (p. 246); Alice doesn’t go to sing-along with Dad and Sylvia (on a Thursday), staying home to wrap presents (p. 248); next day she and Sylvia bake cookies together (p. 248); decorate the mantel with holly from backyard that night; Alice notices how everything’s brighter and merrier with Sylvia around; on Christmas Eve morning, Sylvia has Alice’s bug; Dad brings home split pea soup from diner for dinner, Les decides to catch a movie, and the three spend a quiet X-mas Eve at home, no midnight service at church after all; Dad makes pecan pancakes X-mas morning, with Les there;
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49th Christmas (when Les is 57): Dad, Sylvia, Alice, and Patrick go to Les & Stacy’s in Fairfax, VA, for the holiday (Patricia and Zack with his parents; Tyler with his girlfriend); triplets are 10; Stacy buys the whole family Rollerblades (p. 487) Residences & House Details Takoma Park, MD ! Rented (#14: Alice Alone) ! Small, two-bedroom, one-bath, two-story house (first floor and basement) (#1a: Starting with Alice; #1b: Alice in Blunderland), no porch ! Alice’s and Dad’s bedroom on the main floor, across the hall from each other (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 22); she has a round rug by her bed (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 23, 47, 73) ! Lester lives in basement ! Linoleum floor in kitchen (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 194) ! Chain-link fence surrounds backyard; a neighbor’s garage backs right up to it (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 80) ! At least one azalea bush in backyard by fence and wild violets grow here and there (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 97, 98) ! Lawn chairs in backyard (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 122) ! Trees on property: box elder (#2: Agony of Alice, p. 5) ! House is a half mile from the library (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 14) ! House is five blocks from a post office (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 115) ! House is three blocks from Lester’s high school (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 143) ! Storage closet (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 114) ! There’s a phone on the first floor that can reach into the hall closet (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 11) ! One of the basement steps squeaks (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 176) ! Trash gets picked up on Mondays (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 192); trash cans kept on the side of the house (#1b, p. 199) ! Rosalind drives her back to see it in book #18: Alice on Her Way: painted cottoncandy pink (p. 133) House Contents o Their green couch and large coffee table from Goodwill o New washing machine from Sears when Alice is in 4th grade (deluxe model; perm press cycle) o Fold-up metal table serves as dining-room table when guests are over (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 47) o Only two strings of X-mas lights and not that many ornaments; an angel tree topper (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 71) o Dishwasher (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 68) o Kitchen stools (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 53, 74) o Bulletin board above phone (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 157) Silver Spring, MD Exterior
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Yard ! Big tree in front yard; several in the large backyard (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 133) ! Asters grow by the front steps (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 119) ! After Ben re-landscapes for Sylvia w/all her favorites at start of A’s 9th grade: azalea bushes on both sides of front steps, dogwood tree, red maple, rhododendron, tiger lilies, ivy, a magnolia (#14: Alice Alone, pp. 71, 78–79) ! Holly bushes around side and in backyard (#17: Including Alice, p. 248; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 55) ! Lawn gets torn up during the renovation, so by start of May of A’s jr. year, Sylvia has had all new shrubs planted along one side of the house, and she adds tulips and daffodils in bloom, purples and yellows in one place, reds and yellows in another, white by themselves (#21: Almost Alice, p. 212); can see azalea bushes from new screened-in porch (#21, p. 228) ! A box elder is visible from the family room windows out back (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 125) ! Ben and Sylvia spend a lot of time cultivating their garden once the kids are out of the house throughout book #26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything; wrought-iron bench at back of garden (p. 498) Interior ! Downstairs: o Large living room with fireplace: CD player; rug under coffee table (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 16); Dad’s easy chair (#17: Including Alice, p. 244) and Alice’s beanbag chair; no decent clocks, until Les’s wedding present to Dad (#17: Including Alice, p. 13), which is placed on mantel (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 37) • Old furniture: collection of used & created furniture in living room, as Dad hadn’t wanted to pay to move everything from Chicago: packingcrates-and-cushions sofa, aluminum lawn chairs, brick-and-board bookshelves; beanbag chair in corner; same coffee table from Goodwill they had in Takoma; Park; old easy chair • New furniture: beige with gold-and-white striped couch, contemporary, masculine (delivered in May of A’s 7th-grade year) o Dining room: originally Dad’s office, w/long fold-up table (until new furniture replaces this by book #9: Alice in Lace and his office is then in only a corner of the room); new dining room table (it’s in the house at start of book #9: Alice in Lace, p. 12) w/8 chairs (*book #14: Alice Alone, p. 162, says 6)
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o Large old-fashioned kitchen: small table that comfortably sits only 3 (4 chairs later), lots of cupboards that go to the ceiling, little counter space, old stove, sink (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 133); fridge (1st time it’s cleaned is 1.5 years after they move in) (#5: All But Alice); dishwasher; spice drawer (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 61); microwave oven (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 252) o New family room: apricot-colored couch with thick cushions and high back, two matching chairs and a rocker from Marlo’s; apricot/ginger/olive area rug from Scan (acquired in March, 2nd semester of A’s 11th-grade year; #21: Almost Alice, p. 135); hassock (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 304) o New study: Along with containing Dad’s computer and table and Sylvia’s filing cabinet, they buy a new rosewood desk and matching bookcase from Scan, a new lamp (acquired in March, 2nd semester of A’s 11th-grade year; #21: Almost Alice, p. 133) o Phone in a downstairs hallway, with phone stool next to it (#16: Patiently Alice, pp. 5, 197) o Hall table by front door, which Alice uses for her schoolbooks; seems to be a hall coat closet as well (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 44, 146) o Ben gets new computer Thanksgiving weekend of Alice’s senior year of college—sets up in his “office” (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, pp. 199, 201) ! Upstairs: Three bedrooms, one bath (with tub) o Dad’s bedroom is the largest, w/two huge closets on either side of bay window, clothes poles in only one and built-in drawers at back and shelves along sides in other (used to store extra linens and suitcases; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 80) furniture prior to marriage: double bed, desk, chest of drawers (#17: Including Alice, p. 214) • Dad & Sylvia’s new bedroom set: given to each other for Christmas but delivered early; wheat-colored wood: new Beauty Rest queen-size bed, new nightstands, man’s chest of drawers, ladies dresser w/6 drawers and tall mirror, lingerie chest w/8 shallow drawers (they keep Dad’s desk in the room); new sheets, bedspread and matching drapes (#17: Including Alice, pp. 213–214) o Lester’s bedroom is next to Dad’s (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 182); had built-in bookshelves when they moved in (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 133); Dad turns it into an office when Lester moves out, keeping the twin bed as a couch (#17: Including Alice, p. 1), then using his old bedroom stuff in there, for guests (#17, p. 214); before the renovation, they keep the ironing board set up in there (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 79) o By time of Les’s wedding (Alice’s junior year in college), his bedroom is guest room (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 132) o Alice’s bedroom is two rooms down from Dad’s (#17: Including Alice, p. 27), at the rear (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 133) o Phone in upstairs hallway (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 230) that can reach into Alice’s room (#17: Including Alice, p. 25) o Mirror in hall (presumably upstairs) (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 277) General: o No central air-conditioning
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o Full unfinished basement (where laundry facilities are; #19: Alice in the Know, p. 53) o Travel/music posters on the walls o No cordless or cell phones for the McKinleys by December of 10th grade (#17: Including Alice, p. 235) (until that Christmas, when Dad gets Alice her own cell) o Dead bolt on front door clicks loudly when turned (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 187) o Trash pickup on Fridays (#21: Almost Alice, p. 253) ! Additional House Contents: o Grand piano (#14: Alice Alone, p. 57) o VCR (#8: Alice the Brave) o Portable TV (Lester’s) (#3: Alice in Rapture); old 12-incher in Alice’s room by book #14: Alice Alone o Stereo cabinet, old record player, and a bunch of oldie 45s that Ben’s uncle gave to him (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 41) o Cloth tablecloth (Mom’s) and napkins for special occasions (#11: Achingly Alice) o Sterling silver candlesticks; 10 mini salt & pepper sets (wedding gift from Sally & Milt to Ben & Marie) (#14: Alice Alone) o Good silverware / china (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 221) o Computers: Lester gives Alice his old computer, which she keeps in her bedroom (#13: Grooming of Alice); Dad’s is moved into his new study, with table, in book #21: Almost Alice (p. 127) o At least 2 cots (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 214) o Answering machine (#17: Including Alice, p. 276) o Things of Sylvia’s added once she moves in: two chairs in living room; teak buffet in dining room; lamps; couple of bookcases and end tables (#17: Including Alice, p. 164); three-drawer filing cabinet (#21: Almost Alice, p. 130) o Old photo albums (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 98): with childhood pictures of Carol, including one when she’s 8, hugging a stiff-as-a-board 5-year-old Les o Large metal mixing bowls (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 252)

Home Renovation/Addition Project ! Dad and Sylvia start thinking about renovations to the house right before their wedding: addition to back of house, enlarged master bedroom, added bath upstairs, study downstairs by dining room, Lester’s room as guest room (#17: Including Alice, pp. 23–24) ! By January, they want to put off the addition until next year, fixing up the existing house first—replacing furnace and air conditioner (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 32) ! In August, Sylvia’s thinking about knocking out the back wall of the kitchen to add a family room when they proceed next year; tells Alice that her input counts (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 119–120) ! In November of A’s jr. year, an opening in the construction company’s (Ace Architects) schedule and a 10% discount leads them to start the remodeling right then, early in the month, before the holidays (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 70–71): o New family room with screened-in porch behind added off kitchen (where TV will now go, not in living room; #20, pp. 72, 78)—Alice can use the room for her friends whenever she wants (#20, p. 290)
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Lester’s 1st Apartment (#16: Patiently Alice, pp. 180 & chap. 17): ! In Takoma Park, near the D.C. line (a few miles from McKinley home [#17: Including Alice, p. 1], on a side street off of Maple Avenue (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 136); takes less than/around 10 minutes by car to get there) ! 2nd floor of Otto Watts’s old Victorian house; initially converted for the Wattses’ younger daughter when she was in college; 3 guys can live there rent-free (plus utilities) if they do some light maintenance and agree that one of them will always be there in the evening in case Mr. Watts needs help, as he has a day aide; roommates: Paul Sorenson (Otto is a friend of his father’s) and George Palamas, who moves out in middle of Alice’s senior year, after getting married) ! Newly painted for the boys, so they can’t move in until mid-September, though they’re free to start bringing belongings earlier and store them in the middle of rooms ! On a tree-lined street of other Victorians; driveway, yellow with brown trim, wraparound porch w/old wicker swing and rocker, screened in out back (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 208), huge sycamore with peeling bark, two dormer windows on front of house, stone statue among the shrubbery; wooden (#17: Including Alice, p. 32) apt. stairs are at side of house w/separate entrance; stained-glass inset above window in the entry of the apt., on opposite wall from front door, which itself has a window in it (#17: Including Alice, p. 193); 2 large rooms on one side of hall, 2 smaller on other, all have closets (Les and Paul take the larger rooms, since George isn’t sure he’ll stay longer than a year), all have desks; sitting room w/French doors leading to a screened porch between the 2 smaller rooms (used to be a sleeping
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Family Pets ! Tippy: Lester’s small dog, which Uncle Milt gave him after his mother died and which was run over when Alice was very young (#1a: Starting with Alice, pp. 31–32); got hit when running across street to greet Lester; rolled his body up in a rug and transported him in trunk of car (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 94) ! Oatmeal: Alice’s kitten; Dad gets from Janice and gives to Alice at the start of 3rd grade in #1a: Starting with Alice, pp. 29ff.; gray and white (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 6) with green eyes (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 44); Alice lets her lick her vanilla pudding containers; she’s 2 1/2 years old by November of 5th grade (taking into account that she was probably a few months old when Alice first got her) and she’s already slowing down and acting too old for her age; Alice finds her dead on the kitchen floor one afternoon in March; Dad reminds her that they knew the kitten had a heart murmur since the first visit to the (male) vet; they bury her in a shoe box under an azalea bush in the backyard in Takoma Park house; Alice never wants another cat (#1c, pp. 41, 44, 91–99) ! Lester gives Alice a hermit crab for her 9th b-day; lives for a year (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 103) ! Guppies: Les gives 2 to Alice for her 11th birthday: smaller one is rainbow-colored; larger one (female) is fat and gray-green (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 127); still has them a few months later when they leave Takoma Park for Silver Spring (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 13); the largest one is named Golda, who dies summer after 6th grade (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 5) ! Annabelle (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 45): the cat Sylvia takes in—and takes full responsibility for (Alice doesn’t want her initially)—when her friend can’t care for her anymore, in October of Alice’s jr. year; white, with irregular patches of black, yellow eyes, about a year old; an indoor cat who’s never been outside until Halloween night; Alice lures her back with an open can of tuna (#20, chap. 4)

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3. Melody Inn ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! On Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, on a corner, about 4 blocks from Parkhaven Elementary Fire hydrant outside in front (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 132) Part of a chain Small parking lot in back, with MANAGER spot (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 9) Ben holds staff meetings every Friday morning Unnamed part-time clerks on evenings and weekends; various musical instrument instructors (male clarinet instructor married) Open late Friday evenings (#5: All But Alice, p. 18) and Thursday evenings (#14: Alice Alone); closes at 6:00 p.m. otherwise (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 239) Usually closed on Sundays, but opens 7 days a week during holiday season; 11:00 to 5:00 on Sundays (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 175) Show window facing Georgia Ave. has piano in it; window facing side street displays smaller merchandise #1a: Starting with Alice, p. 66: Two floors: first floor contains musical instruments and accessories, sheet music and actual music, etc.; second is divided into glass soundproof cubicles for lessons/practice rooms; low-ceilinged Gift Shoppe under the stairs/loft, with A’s favorite thing in the store: the gift wheel; has bathrooms; a water cooler near back of store; a storeroom, where there’s a little table and chairs for employee breaks/meals (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 150) Store is decorated for holidays week after Thanksgiving (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 149) By Alice’s senior year, holiday decorations go up right after Halloween instead, in line with other local merchants (though not as promptly); store does Halloween up big (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 174) Big sale each January to sell overstocked X-mas merchandise Sponsors a concert for the homeless at Montgomery College in fall 1993 (#9: Alice in Lace) Dad and Marilyn aren’t crazy about A’s friends hanging out there when she’s working (#17: Including Alice, p. 224); no personal phone calls either (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 30) Coffee shop right next door (#17: Including Alice, p. 225) Ben needs a new trombone instructor by end of A’s sophomore year (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 297) Thinking of adding an annex on (there’s an available space next door) by that July (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 51); Ben is very disappointed when this doesn’t come to pass, when the space is let to a restaurant instead (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 177, 201, 205) Some employees call Ben “Mr. M.” (use period, per author; #23: Alice in Charge, pp. 175, 207; #24: Incredibly Alice, p. 12) Headquarters announces the close of three stores on the East Coast in fall of Alice’s sr. year, due to the economy (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 185) Store holds a Valentine’s contest in Alice’s senior year: all receipts go into a box from Feb. 1–12th, drawing on 12th determines what customer wins a dinner for two and a strolling violinist (Marilyn and Kay’s idea) (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 12) Ben hires two temps in April to help with Easter rush, especially since Alice will miss two weekends for the play (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 145)
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IV. REPEATED CHARACTERS 1. Extended Family Marie’s Family Aunt Sally (#1a: Starting with Alice): Marie’s older sister ! Tall, 170 lbs., gray hair worn in tight, permed curls around her scalp (but used to be strawberry blond)—reminds Alice of a cabbage (#17: Including Alice, p. 51); pale, freckled skin (#17: Including Alice, p. 116) ! Four years older than Marie (#17: Including Alice, p. 51), so two years older than Ben; protective of her (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 255) ! Nosy, worrywart ! Very organized ! Clips coupons ! Sews (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 72) ! Blushes when she’s embarrassed or angry (#17: Including Alice, p. 115) ! In jr. high or high school, recited Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees” to music for a talent show (#5: All But Alice, p. 110) ! Like her sister and daughter, blossomed into womanhood in summer between 7th and 8th grades (#7: Alice In-Between) ! Unlike her sister and daughter, though, always seemed too grown-up for her age, nothing of the free spirit in her; Marie called her the family prude (#17: Including Alice, pp. 51, 116) ! Recalls her embarrassing incident in 8th grade with a sanitary pad for Alice in book #19: Alice in the Know, then shares her theory that men act ridiculous due to trousers and neckties (pp. 114–116) ! Was a waitress one summer in her 20s ! Knew Milt only 8 months before they married; stupid on her wedding night, hoping to ease into sex gradually (#17: Including Alice, p. 115); 24 when they married (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 254), dated many men before that who weren’t right for her— very happy with her chance (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 212) ! Maid of honor at Ben and Marie’s wedding (#17: Including Alice, p. 59) ! Took care of the family in Chicago after Marie died (they actually lived with Sally’s family for a few years, #12: A on the Outside, p. 131); promised to look after Marie’s family ! On the phone, saves her most important question for last (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 88) ! Alice finds her easy to talk to (#2: The Agony of Alice) ! Drives a Pontiac (#2: The Agony of Alice) ! Let Alice lick the pans when she made cakes (#9: Alice in Lace) ! She and Uncle Milt attend church on Sundays and then go out to eat (#10: Outrageously Alice) ! She and Milt have a cat (#12: A on the Outside, p. 11) ! Calls the McKinley family about once a week to check up on them (#9: Alice in Lace); by book #18, though, after the marriage, she slows down her calls, so Sylvia won’t think she’s interfering (Alice on Her Way, p. 82) ! Admits that she’s not very good at knowing what to ask / what to tell Alice about growing up, that Carol raised herself in the sex dept. (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 174)
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Visits to the McKinleys o First visit in series (with Milt and Carol) is for the McKinleys’ first Christmas in MD, during A’s 3rd-grade year (#1a: Starting with Alice) o Comes to visit in February of A’s 7th-grade year, when Carol attends a conference in D.C. (#5: All But Alice, p. 51) o Comes to visit in March (#12: A on the Outside, chaps. 1 & 2) of A’s 8th-grade year, when Carol has another conference in D.C.; they arrive one week after book #12: A on the Outside starts and stay five days (*but book #11: Achingly Alice, p. 120, says 3rd week of April, for four days) o Pops up unannounced in August before A’s 9th-grade year while Ben’s in England; was supposed to be on vacation w/Milt in a cottage in Michigan but left here a week early; stays only a few days (#13: Grooming of Alice, chap. 14) o She and Milt take care of Alice when Ben is on his honeymoon, in October of A’s sophomore year (#17: Including Alice, p. 105) o She and Milt can’t make it to Les’s wedding due to Milt’s health (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 136) o Insist on coming to Alice’s (#26, p. 278), stay at McKinley house; night before her wedding, Sally gives her lubrication (p. 482) House o o o o Screened porch with a glider/swing on it and a hammock Separate dining room Guest room has queen bed & daybed Two stories, with bedrooms upstairs; Carol’s is at the end of the hall, contains a trundle bed as well as her own; still decorated with her high school and college stuff long after she’s moved out (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 81)

Uncle Milt (#1a: Starting with Alice): Sally’s husband ! Broad, craggy face; face and hair have thinned as he ages, loose skin under chin (#22: Intensely Alice, pp. 65, 66) ! Eyes that sparkle (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 66) ! Alice is his only niece (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 65) ! Stubborn (#12: A on the Outside) ! Used to sing “Alice Blue Gown” to Alice at bedtime after reading to her when they lived with Milt and Sally (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 37)
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Carol (#1a: Starting with Alice): Alice’s cousin; Sally & Milt’s only child ! Although early books vary on how old Carol is in relation to Les—two years per #1a: Starting with Alice (p. 9) and #1b: Alice in Blunderland (p. 145); three years per #5: All But Alice (p. 55)—book #12 (Alice on the Outside) and thereafter clarify that it’s somewhere more than three but less than four full years, since she’s specified as eight to his five in one old photo (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 98) and twelve to his eight in the made-up anecdote he tells at her wedding (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 92) ! Attractive/pretty, tall, strawberry blond hair—same color as Alice’s (worn shoulder length and turned under at the ends at time of Ben’s wedding; #17: Including Alice, p. 121; by her wedding in book #22, Intensely Alice, she seems to have added highlights, p. 70), very green, smiling eyes, her father’s arched eyebrows, dimples (#17, p. 121), freckles; looks a lot like Sally and how Alice imagines her mother looked; and Alice thinks she’s pretty enough to be a model and that’s she’s NewYork-City glamorous (#17, p. 121) ! More easy-going and spontaneous than her mother; a free spirit (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 174); vivacious and funny (#17: Including Alice, p. 51) ! Blossomed summer after 7th grade (#7: Alice In-Between) ! Laughs a lot ! Alice sees her as suave and sophisticated ! Alice makes her a bead bracelet for Christmas in her 4th-grade year (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 47) ! Went to college [Northwestern now seems iffy; but it is Ben’s and Larry’s alma mater] in Chicago (dropped out after the elopement) (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 145 ; #20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 99, 106) ! Got married in April of A’s 4th-grade year, a year and half before book #2 (despite small error in book #2: The Agony of Alice, p. 104, that says only one year earlier) at 19 years old to sailor in the navy (called “The Jerk” in book #12: A on the Outside, p. 27); the McKinleys find out from Sally’s phone call: she left school and eloped one weekend—her parents didn’t know until she sent a postcard from their honeymoon in Mexico and they’d never even met the guy (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 145); announcement of divorce comes with another call from Sally one mid-May evening in A’s 5th-grade year; Carol gets an apt. near her folks (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 135)
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Ben’s Family (all in Nashville, #19: Alice in the Know, p. 2) Grandma Gladys McKinley (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 73; first name given in #17: Including Alice, p. 58): Dad’s mom ! Died of a heart attack before Alice was born (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 73) Grandpa McKinley (#1a: Starting with Alice): Dad’s dad ! In a wheelchair ! Doesn’t hear well ! 93 years old in #1a: Starting with Alice (when Alice is 8) ! Shaggy eyebrows, dark brown eyes ! Confused a lot by the time Alice is 15 1/2 (#17: Including Alice, p. 57) ! Liked Marie best of all his daughters-in-law because of her smile (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 246) ! Dies of congestive heart failure at 101 years old, upstairs in Uncle Harold’s house, in September of A’s junior year; withered and small, wisps of white hair (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 270, chap. 18) ! Very simple memorial service planned, since none of his friends are left; just his favorite hymn, favorite scripture (1 Corinthians: 13, also Dad’s favorite) (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 272) ! Used to supervise the trimming of the X-mas tree from his recliner (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 280) Uncle Charlie McKinley (#1a: Starting with Alice): Dad’s brother ! One of Dad’s 3 brothers, his favorite, not one of the twins ! Resembles Ben ! Drives an Oldsmobile ! Taught Ben to drive ! Marge’s pet name for him is “Chums” ! Dies at 57 (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 10) of a heart attack in #1a: Starting with Alice (p. 86), two days into his honeymoon with Marge in Bermuda (married the weekend of Thanksgiving when Alice is in 3rd grade) Aunt Marge (#1a: Starting with Alice): Uncle Charlie’s new bride ! Apple cheeks, heavy arms, warm smile ! Charlie’s brothers and their wives take her into the McKinley family immediately, despite the short marriage (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 274) Uncle Howard McKinley (#1a: Starting with Alice) ! One of Dad’s three brothers, older than him, in his 60s by #17: Including Alice, p. 72, when Alice is 15 1/2 ! Harold’s twin ! Looks like an older version of Ben, mostly his smile, but with gray hair, sagging skin on cheeks and eyes (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 266) ! Has a barbershop (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 272) ! Calls their city “Silver Sprangs”
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Aunt Linda McKinley (#1a: Starting with Alice): Uncle Howard’s wife; w/grown kids Uncle Harold McKinley (#1a: Starting with Alice) ! One of Dad’s three brothers older than him, in his 60s by #17: Including Alice, p. 72, when Alice is 15 1/2 ! Howard’s twin, but thinner (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 267) ! Lives in TN, yellow frame two-story house; grapevine wallpaper on staircase; oldfashioned, dark-wood dining room, oval table, pictures on all the walls (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 267–268, 271) ! Also calls their city “Silver Sprangs” Aunt Vivian McKinley (#1a: Starting with Alice): Uncle Harold’s wife; no kids; they take care of Grandpa McKinley ! Plays the piano (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 272) ! Has family scrapbooks (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 274) Sylvia’s Family Kirk (#6: Alice in April, p. 139; #17: Including Alice, pp. 17–19): Sylvia’s older brother ! Wife and kids (one son in the U.S. Marines [#17, p. 54], one daughter) ! Lives in Seattle ! Politically active ! Not so close, he treated her like she was stupid, they disagreed over politics mainly; but Nancy’s illness brought them closer, as he called every day and flew down twice ! Tall (taller than Ben); hair gray around temples; square face, wide forehead; he and his wife look alike (#17: Including Alice, p. 54) ! Both he and his wife seem uptight, formal, structured Nancy (#15: Simply Alice, p. 98): Sylvia’s younger sister ! Two years younger than Sylvia (#17: Including Alice, p. 18) ! Lives in Albuquerque, NM (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 13) ! Warm smile like Sylvia’s, gray eyes, a bit puffy around the face, enough of a resemblance to her sister to make it noticeable (#17: Including Alice, p. 54) ! They’re extremely close, best friends, slept in same bed as kids (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 23), played dolls, hopscotch, sang duets, did each other’s hair, etc. (#15: Simply Alice, p. 98) ! Married once but divorced, grew apart, seems happy being single; Sylvia not totally clear on what ended the marriage (#17: Including Alice, p. 21) ! Supposed to be Sylvia’s maid of honor but in July of Alice’s pre-sophomore year, she gets sick with septicemia after a bowel operation, followed by kidney failure and then dialysis; by end of book #16: Patiently Alice, kidneys are operational and dialysis is less frequent; makes it to the wedding, but isn’t well enough to stand through whole ceremony ! Still alive at end of series, still out west, but she and Sylvia see each other infrequently; by end of book, Sylvia will invite her to visit, then stay on to live with her if it works out (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 500)
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Personality Traits ! Flirtatious, adventurous ! Artsy: paints, dances ! Likes to answer phone after 2.5 rings ! She’s the one of the three that always has the info on stuff ! Sleeps noisily; likes to sleep in but to stay up late (#3: Alice in Rapture); hates it when her friends tell her she snores (#21: Almost Alice, p. 161) ! The only one of the three to always carry a purse (#3: Alice in Rapture) ! Likes the Velvet Pistols, particularly their drummer, Izzy (#5: All But Alice, p. 36; #16: Patiently Alice, p. 189) ! Favorite dessert: cheesecake (#7: Alice In-Between) ! God is a spirit to her, not a corporeal being (#7: Alice In-Between) ! Good diver (#8: Alice the Brave) ! Doesn’t like funerals (#13: Grooming of Alice) ! Wants to be model or actress (#15: Simply Alice); on Broadway by book #21: Almost Alice (p. 158) ! Sophisticated (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 28) ! Voice gets sultry when talking to boys she likes; acts blasé (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 34) ! Calls sexy guys “Studly” (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 111) ! Favorite color: purple (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 92) ! Thinks she dreams in black and white (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 93) ! Favorite ice cream flavor: coffee (#21: Almost Alice, p. 215) Residence & Family Life ! Lives “a few blocks” away from Alice & Liz (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 154; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 37) ! Has female cousin in NJ; goes to visit her 3rd week of July summer before 12th grade (returns on Sunday, July 19, slightly tan) (#22: Intensely Alice, pp. 140, 142) ! Has two divorced aunts and one divorced grandmother ! Trundle bed in family room, where the girls sleep during slumber parties (though in book #8: Alice the Brave, suddenly they’re in a double bed and a cot in Pamela’s room) ! Her side yard has a sycamore tree ! Aunt and uncle come for Thanksgiving in 9th grade; go out to eat at Normandy Farm (#14: Alice Alone) ! Phone has caller ID (#17: Including Alice, p. 25) ! Parents’ separation/divorce details:
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Jobs & Volunteer Work ! Becomes junior consultant for Tiddly Winks 2nd semester of freshman year, 2 nights a week and Sunday afternoons, 2nd week of Feb. through end of March (w/Elizabeth) (#15: Simply Alice, pp. 8–9, 18) ! Book #16, Patiently Alice: At Camp Overlook, she’s in cabin 12 (with co-counselor Doris) and her group name is the Mermaids; her “condom-throwing” wish is an unspecified thought about her mother (p. 149) ! Summer after freshman year: After Camp Overlook, part-time dog walking (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 184) ! Post-10th-grade summer job: Burger King in the food court of Wheaton Plaza (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 4) ! Post-11th-grade summer job: clerk at G Street Fabrics (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 238) (also volunteered for one week in July at the soup kitchen with Alice) ! By time of Liz’s wedding, Pam is working and living in New York City, full-time advertising job she loves (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 247) Love Life ! 1st boyfriend: Mark, summer after 6th grade (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 4); first fight is over her new bra (the Up-Lift Spandex Ahh-Bra [#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 52] from Sears [#16: Patiently Alice, p. 217]); her mother makes them break it off right before 7th grade starts (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 157), though they’re still sometimes together in 7th and going “steady” over the summer before 8th (#8: Alice the Brave)

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School History ! Safety patrol at Parkhaven (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 39); he’s in Miss Cole’s class in 6th grade (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 26) ! Very smart: Alice thinks there’s no subject he can’t handle, he never seems to need help w/homework (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 164) ! Member of the band in jr. high ! For talent show in 7th grade, does a drum solo, gets an encore, wins 2nd prize (#5: All But Alice, pp. 112, 114) ! Throws up on the bus one morning in winter of 7th grade (#5: All But Alice, 132); has the bug for a couple of days ! Sylvia was one of his teachers in junior high (#21: Almost Alice, p. 111) ! Wants to be a marine biologist (ever since trip to Sea World when he was little) or a drummer when he grows up (#9: Alice in Lace) ! 8th-grade activities: school band (drum solo in jazz number at band’s concert in Dec.), school newspaper, debate team, track team (#9: Alice in Lace), vice president of student council (#10: Outrageously Alice), French Club, chess (#11: Achingly Alice); wants to be on swim team too, but no time ! Goes to state band competition in Towson one Saturday in April of 8th grade (they get 2nd in performance, 3rd in sight-reading) (#12: A on the Outside, pp. 114, 126) ! Wins drum solo for winter concert in 9th grade (#14: Alice Alone, p. 107) ! 9th-grade band competition in Nov. in Frostburg: band came in 2nd in overall performance (#14: Alice Alone, p. 157) ! In accelerated program in high school: finish in 3 years instead of 4 (#14: Alice Alone, p. 20) ! Summer school after freshman year: takes two AP courses—European history and psychology—both difficult, both morning classes (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 160) ! Very busy in sophomore year with studying, band, and track (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 8) ! 2nd-year course load included an economics class (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 233) ! Summer school again after 10th grade as part of his accelerated program; Alice’s jr. year will be Patrick’s sr. year, so he’ll start touring colleges in the fall; plans to apply to University of Chicago and Bennington, for starters (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 41) ! By August before his last year of high school, wants to go into international relations, but not in the capacity of a diplomat like his father, more hands-on work, overseas (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 148) ! Has 2nd period, World History, with Alice in her jr. year, his last year (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 233, 236); instead of lunch, takes calculus (#19, p. 236) ! Doesn’t go to Homecoming Dance that year because he visits colleges that weekend (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 83); eventually decides on early entry to University of Chicago, but poli-sci over international relations now, so he can stray from his dad’s path a bit (#20, p. 293) ! Attends a three-day science competition in Baltimore the weekend after Valentine’s Day in A’s jr. year/his sr. year (#21: Almost Alice, p. 51)
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Personal History ! Speaks Spanish, has eaten squid, and can count in Japanese (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 95), but hasn’t ever ridden on a train and hadn’t heard of cornish hen (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 119)
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Goes to work for nonprofit branch of IBM when Tyler is in preschool; based in Bethesda, not far from home, but job involves more travel than he was previously doing (p. 345) Accepts two-year assignment in Barcelona through IBM when Patricia is in middle school/junior high (p. 396) Turns down offer to work for charitable program in east Africa—doesn’t want to uproot the family when both kids are in high school, Patricia applying for college; takes a new different position within IBM instead (p. 459) Post-60: part-time consulting work for IBM in Japan a few times a year, with Alice accompanying him (p. 510)

Gifts 12th birthday (#3: Alice in Rapture): From Alice: Lucite drum set miniature & chocolate-covered potato chips (p. 28) 13th birthday (#7: Alice In-Between): From Alice: Hermit crab (w/bowl, sand & shells) from gift shop in Chicago (p. 119) From dad: Zildjian cymbal (p. 132) 8th-grade X-mas (#11: Achingly Alice): From Alice: framed candid photo of herself that Sam shot (p. 34) Alice’s 12th-grade X-mas (#23: Alice in Charge): From Alice: gray sweater with narrow black stripes (p. 301) Love Life ! Alice and he date from end of 6th grade to middle of 9th (see Alice’s section above for details) ! Dates Penny when he and A break up (#14: Alice Alone, p. 154 onward, throughout book #15: Simply Alice); mutual breakup w/Penny when they don’t have enough time for each other, June after 9th grade (#15: Simply Alice, p. 200) ! Karen tells Alice that Penny asked Patrick out for Oct. 18th in Sept. of sophomore year, but it ends up she just offered him a free ticket to a concert (#17: Including Alice, pp. 14, 156) ! Takes Marcie to 10th-grade Jack of Hearts dance and seems to casually date her thereafter, but we don’t hear anything else about his love life until he asks Alice to his senior prom in five months on New Year’s Day of her junior year, at the end of book #20: Dangerously Alice ! In #24: Incredibly Alice, Penny finally explains to Alice what she thinks their relationship meant—how she never felt Patrick seriously liked her, at least not the way he liked Alice (p. 213) C. Elizabeth Ann Price (#2: The Agony of Alice; “Liz” starting in high school [#14: Alice Alone]) Physical Characteristics & General Info ! Definitely younger than Alice, with birthday in December (#12: A on the Outside, p. 3) (so ignore book #2: The Agony of Alice, p. 44, which says July, and book #7: Alice In-Between, p. 3, which says fall), for she’s still 12 after December of 7th grade (per #6: Alice in April) ! Youngest of the 3 friends ! Has known Pamela since kindergarten (#25: Alice on Board, p. 153)
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History with Alice ! One of A’s two best friends since 6th grade, though not close friends until the summer after 6th grade ! They met the first day Alice moved in (see #2: The Agony of Alice, pp. 13–15); she and her mother watched the McKinleys move in, sitting on their front porch in matching skirts reading a magazine together (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 4) ! She puts a daisy over the i in Alice whenever she writes Al notes (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 255) ! Always stays in close touch with Alice, starting with frequent texts in freshman year of college (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 26) Personality Traits ! Most prudish & modest of the three friends ! Easily embarrassed; blushes a lot ! Never answers phone on first ring so won’t appear too eager ! Sleeps quietly; gets up around 9 when not in school ! Wears cotton jockey underwear ! Gets fixated on things ! Gullible; not the most advanced sense of humor (#17: Including Alice, p. 167) ! Very concerned about what others think of her; tries to please others ! Familiar with all the fish and insects on camping trip (#8: Alice the Brave) ! Likes the era of the troubadours (#9: Alice in Lace) ! Plans out her days, each is sacred (#14: Alice Alone) ! Hints about a secret start emerging in book #14: Alice Alone: always holds a little back of herself when she confides in her friends (p. 31); shies away from physical contact (p. 33); looks for reasons to avoid getting close to a boy ! Voice gets higher when talking to boys she likes; acts enthusiastic (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 34) ! Very careful dresser; needs assurances on what to wear and how (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 169)
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Favorite color: blue (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 92) Because she’ shy around people she doesn’t know, some kids in high school think she’s stuck-up (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 21) Reluctant to ask guys out herself, but hates it when her friends try to find dates for her—can’t stand the thought of someone having to be prodded to go out with her (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 85) Not a jealous bone in her body (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 85) Periods sometimes get irregular when she’s upset (#21: Almost Alice, p. 218) Punctual (#25: Alice on Board, p. 109) Hates needles (#25: Alice on Board, p. 119) By summer trip after junior year of college, no longer “bone skinny” and having eased up on her perfectionism, Alice notes that she finally looks happy (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 166) Marriage makes her “feisty” (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 337) At peace at age 60 (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 503)

Residence & Family Life ! Lives across the street from A in Silver Spring in a big white house (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 22), with front, back, and side yard, and a linden tree at the curb (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 1); manicured lot (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 4); used to live in D.C., near Rock Creek Park ! Porch with railing has seating, a wicker coffee table (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 7) ! House has a basement (with windows), where the fire starts on Sunday, April 13, of Liz’s junior year, when her push-up bra is somehow ignited in the dryer (#21: Almost Alice, p. 178) ! Catholic upbringing ! Big photo of her First Communion over the sofa, right when you walk in her house: in white dress, lacy gloves, veil, hands help up like in prayer, prayer book in lap in white flowers on it ! Very proper household: everything “personal” hidden away (#8: Alice the Brave) ! Living room: formal, with gathered mauve drapes on picture window, long couch, Oriental rug (one frayed corner), Queen Anne coffee table (with figurines put away once Nathan can get to them), wing chair (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 138–139); lamp table (#8: Alice the Brave), half-globe bookends, photo of a grandparent (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 242) ! Large, close family that has a three-day reunion the July after 10th grade (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 1): o Has an Aunt Betsy (#3: Alice in Rapture) o An aunt was someone’s maid of honor the summer before E’s 10th grade (#17: Including Alice, p. 59) o Has an aunt that married her high school sweetheart (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 113) o Has relatives in Pennsylvania (#10: Outrageously Alice) o Grandparents (#11: Achingly Alice); they come for 9th-grade Thanksgiving o Lots of cousins (including one 12-year-old boy), numerous uncles (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 1) ! Alice never sees her and her mom fight until argument over piano lessons in book #14: Alice Alone, p. 82
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School Details & Education ! 6th-grade teacher: Mr. Weber (#2: Agony of Alice, p. 26) ! 6th-grade play part: one of the three lead sisters (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 82) ! Doesn’t go on end-of-year trip w/Mr. Weber’s class because she’s sick with 103° fever (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 123); Alice gives her her St. Agnes card ! Assignment for 8th-grade “Critical Choices” unit in health class: buy a car; result: decides to wait until enough money to buy used car outright (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 4, 111) ! Has 3 classes her sophomore year that she hates: American politics, geometry, and physical science (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 215) ! Has taken some Spanish (#21: Almost Alice, p. 43) ! 11th grade, 2nd semester: English lit (right after lunch) (#21: Almost Alice, p. 181); biology (#21, p. 214); no classes with either Justin or Jill (#21, p. 217) ! Wants to attend a small liberal arts college, like Bennington (VT) (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 7) ! Gets accepted to Goucher, her second choice, in early April of senior year; on Bennington’s wait list (#24: Incredibly Alice, pp. 171, 176)—she hates not knowing where she’ll be going in the fall, being in limbo ! Gets in Bennington by end of senior year (#25: Alice on Board, p. 2) ! Meets her roommate on Facebook: music major (voice and piano), seems nice (#25: Alice on Board, p. 273)
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Personal History ! Possibly a nun when she grows up ! 6th-grade Halloween costume: gypsy (home-made by her mother) (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 61) ! Too afraid to get her ears pierced in 7th grade when Alice does (#5: All But Alice, pp. 13, 42) (*However, she did have pierced ears in a previous book.) ! Got Gardenia Deluxe bubble bath for a 12th birthday present (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 19) ! In early Aug. of summer after 6th grade, temporarily gets weird about eating in front of boys, about any bodily activities (#3: Alice in Rapture, pp. 76–79) ! Takes ballet lessons until high school starts (#3: Alice in Rapture; #10: Outrageously Alice), then switches to modern dance (#14: Alice Alone); folk dancing in sophomore year (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 215); tap dancing (#5: All But Alice) until 7th grade, gymnastics (#5: All But Alice) until spring of 8th grade; Camp Fire Girl (#5: All But Alice); piano (#10: Outrageously Alice) but wants to give it up once high school starts (#14: Alice Alone) ! Has a portable radio (#3: Alice in Rapture: Alice in Rapture) ! Doesn’t have a sleeping bag (#4: Reluctantly Alice) ! Never saw a naked man before Nathan was born; so Alice tried to find her one in National Geographic magazines, then ended up checking out some anatomy books from the library for her (#4: Reluctantly Alice, pp. 86–87, 91) ! Member of the Seventh Grade Chorus (#4: Reluctantly Alice) ! For talent show in 7th grade, does a dance from the Nutcracker in white tutu (#5: All But Alice, p. 112) ! 7th-grade state name is “Illinois” (#6: Alice in April) ! Trip to Chicago in summer after 7th grade is her first train ride ever (#7: Alice InBetween, p. 48) ! When she thinks of God, she’s praying to Virgin Mary, who cries when she does something wrong (#7: Alice In-Between) ! 8th-grade Halloween costume: Morticia (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 29) ! First pelvic exam (for itching) in Jan. or Feb. of 8th-grade year (first of the 3 girls to have one), by her mother’s male gynecologist; the girls take a bus to the appt. with her because Mrs. Price and Nathan are sick (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 51 & chap. 5) ! Gets obsessed w/her weight summer before 9th grade; the girls’ first exposure to possible anorexia; Mrs. Price talks to A about it (#13: Grooming of Alice, pp. 2, 9, 74, 77, 125, 136–137, 147); Elizabeth feels pressure to please everyone else but herself; at start of 9th grade (#14: Alice Alone), Alice is still a bit worried about the issue and keeps an eye on Liz’s eating habits ! Pamela gives her her first tampon summer before 9th grade (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 127)
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Jobs & Volunteer Work ! Young Advocate for her church’s missionary fund (#10: Outrageously Alice) ! Baby-sits her brother from the time he’s born onward ! Summer job before 9th grade: babysitting Nathan 4 hours a day (#13: Grooming of Alice) ! Becomes junior consultant for Tiddly Winks 2nd semester of freshman year, 2 nights a week and Sunday afternoons, 2nd week of Feb. through end of March (w/Pamela) (#15: Simply Alice, pp. 8–9, 18) ! Book #16: Patiently Alice: At Camp Overlook, she’s in cabin 8 (co-counselor Tommie) and her group name is the Bunnies; has a girl in her group who’s very homesick; her “condom-throwing” wish is to see Ross again (p. 148) ! Volunteers for a reading program for third graders one afternoon a week in sophomore year; gets credit toward student service learning requirement (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 215) ! Post-10th-Grade Summer Job: day camp (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 4) ! Post-11th-grade summer job: mornings at a day-care center in her church (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 238) (also volunteered for one week in July at the soup kitchen with Alice) ! Wants to be a teacher (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 20)
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Love Life ! Over summer after 6th grade, she likes a boy from St. Joseph’s (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 4), Tom Perona, who finally asks her to go with him in late summer: he gives her his ID bracelet to wear, she gives him a photo of herself for his wallet (p. 73); he breaks up with her at end of Aug., new girlfriend from his own school (p. 114); since she’s not supposed to have a steady boyfriend until high school (p. 73), she never let him kiss her (p. 116) ! Develops a crush on Lester in book #4: Reluctantly Alice: Reluctantly Alice ! Temporarily likes Donald in books #7: Alice In-Between and #8: Alice the Brave ! Seems to ease up on her fears and hang-ups about sexuality (#8: Alice the Brave, pp. 4, 18, 25), particularly after her priest tells her it’s natural to be curious (pp. 71, 109) ! Gets back together w/Tom in August before 8th grade; wearing his ID bracelet again and kissing now (#8: Alice the Brave, pp. 84, 92, 93) ! A week after reuniting w/Tom, discovers he’s two-timing her (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 6) ! Falls for Mr. Everett at beginning of 8th grade (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 24); over it by November (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 115) ! When Justin starts at their school in the fall of 8th grade, he likes Liz from the get-go (#10: Outrageously Alice) ! Finally succumbs to Justin Collier’s flirtations in book #11: Achingly Alice, by accepting his invitation to the 8th-grade semi-formal (p. 94) (she’s the first of the 3 to be asked) (#12: A on the Outside, p. 2), and they’re boyfriend/girlfriend by start of book #12: A on the Outside (p. 2), though in book #13: Grooming of Alice (p. 74), she says they’re not formally going together ! Doesn’t want to see Justin anymore, or any boys, until she loses more weight (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 74); the romance w/Justin isn’t serious after his remark about her weight ! Two months into her freshman year, she says she doesn’t want a full-time boyfriend right now (#14: Alice Alone, p. 125) ! Ross Mueller: o Summer after 9th grade, at Camp Overlook, she and Ross hit it off, spending time together, holding hands, kissing; the last Friday there, she goes further with him than any of the 3 girls have yet gone, letting him caress and kiss her breasts, the first time any boy has even touched her breasts—she was bra-less, in a sweatshirt; the encounter is on pp. 145–146 of book #16: Patiently Alice; what she likes best about him is that he didn’t rush her, let her come to him (p. 156); the relationship has given her hope, belief in nice guys, she’s not mournful at their parting, which surprises Alice; he e-mails her twice after they return home and writes a long letter (p. 216) o Book #17: Including Alice: Ross comes to D.C. day of Ben’s wedding to check out a college with his older brother, and Liz reluctantly skips the reception to go
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D. Rosalind Rodriquez (#1a: Starting with Alice; “Roz” for short, starting in book #18: Alice on Her Way) Physical Characteristics & General Info ! Like all members of her family (including her stepmom): chubby, round faces, downward turn of the mouth at corners (#17: Including Alice, p. 30; #18: Alice on Her Way, p. 132) ! Eyes open wide when she hears something interesting (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 10) ! Snores (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 154) ! A few months older than Alice but looks more grown up (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 12) ! Starts to sprout breasts in 5th grade (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 12) ! Still round-faced and round all over when she resurfaces in 10th grade, but has lost some weight and looks good ! Very shiny hair (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 134) History with Alice ! Alice’s best friend from 3rd to 5th grades; first girlfriend Alice meets in MD in 3rd grade (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 49) ! Before she moves, Alice gives Rosalind lots of her stuff: Smokey the Bear statue, purple beads, rubber witch stamp, snow globe, Snickers bar, yellow shoelaces, gum, sunglasses, jigsaw, and a pix of her in 2nd grade w/two missing teeth (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 160) ! Alice goes to say good-bye in person before the actual move, but a neighbor explains that the family is on vacation in Wisconsin for two weeks (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 165); Alice leaves a drawing and note under her door (#1c, p. 166) ! Rosalind resurfaces in the series in book #17: Including Alice (p. 31), on the Saturday before Dad’s wedding, when she comes into the Melody Inn: Alice says she didn’t know about Rosalind’s vacation; neither called the other thereafter Personality Traits ! Funny ! Interesting; makes things up if she doesn’t know the answer; an “Idea Girl” ! Doesn’t just talk about things, does them ! Knows a lot about animals (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 52) Residence & Family Life
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Future Plans, Jobs & Volunteer Work ! Wants to work at a zoo when she grows up, particularly with elephants (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 52) ! By sophomore year, she’s volunteering at the National Zoo, in elephant house (#17: Including Alice, pp. 30–33) ! Second semester of sophomore year, she’s working for a vet; wants to go to vet school (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 135) Personal History ! Has goldfish and a turtle (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 52) ! Gets a new camera in the spring of 4th grade (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 152) ! Girls at school aren’t very nice to her in 5th grade because she’s not as girly as they are and she’s heavy (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 26, 28, 29) ! Goes out for Halloween herself in 5th grade, when Alice is at Jody’s party (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 28) ! Gets her period in the fall of 5th grade (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 40); then, once she’s the resident expert, she has a sleepover and shares A Girl Grows Up with the girls (#1c: Lovingly Alice, chap. 8) ! Starts eating healthier after she “runs away” for one night and her stepmom discovers her plight (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 57) ! Screen name: ZooGirl (#17: Including Alice, p. 227) ! Dating Ollie Harris in 10th grade (#17: Including Alice, p. 228) ! Has her license by February of 10th grade, drives an old gray-green car Bill sold her for $200 when he got a new one (#18: Alice on Her Way, pp. 130–133) ! Shows up at Alice’s two days after X-mas of junior year, in 13” of snow, to build another igloo—this one around the Porta-John—which Sylvia snaps a picture of; amid all the changes in her life, Alice takes comfort from this friendship that remains the same (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 287) ! Resurfaces in the series in book #26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything (pp. 347–348) when Alice and Liz take their kids to the National Zoo and discover her working at the Elephant House (“Elephant Trails”) and also part of the planning team for raising herds of Asian elephants in DC; sturdy build; invites Alice to e-mail her, keep in touch E. Donald Sheavers (#1a: Starting with Alice) Physical Characteristics & General Personality Info
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History with Alice ! Lives next door in Takoma Park; first kid Alice meets after they move to MD ! Early in school year of 4th grade, Alice runs outside one night in her underpants to retrieve textbook before rain ruins it, and Donald sees her as he’s taking out the trash (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 5) ! They walk to school together every morning in 4th grade (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 7) ! Prequel series clarifies their boyfriend/girlfriend relationship: He agrees to be her boyfriend—but without kissing—in 4th grade the evening of Thanksgiving (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 49–50) (even though later original-series books say they were boyfriend/girlfriend in 3rd and 4th grades, which seems okay, since they played together a lot and walked to school together every day) ! In her class in 4th grade (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 54, 169) ! For 4th-grade Valentine’s Day, she gives him two leftover Halloween Snickers bar from Les’s drawer since he got her some candy (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 100) ! The actual Tarzan episode takes place in chap. 22 of #1b: Alice in Blunderland; first chronological mention of the way he thumps his chest at her to embarrass her from then onward is in book #1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 40 ! In 5th grade, they sometimes walk home from school together, sometimes not (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 40); they’re in the same class (#1c, p. 50) ! On Valentine’s Day that year, Alice “breaks up” with him, forgetting she was supposed to be his girlfriend and deciding she doesn’t want to be anymore; her plan to make him think someone else likes him backfires, so she just directly tells him the news, which he takes just fine (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 70–73) ! He’s the one who first runs over when Alice screams, finding Oatmeal dead; she beats her fury against his chest (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 92) Personal History ! Dog: Killer/Muffin (old, dirty white, nearly blind and deaf) (#1a: Starting with Alice, pp. 14–15, 102); 12 years old in 5th grade, completely blind by then (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 90) ! 3rd-grade Halloween costume: part ghost/part werewolf (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 54)
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F. Gwen Wheeler (#12: A on the Outside; learn her last name in #16: Patiently Alice) Physical Characteristics & General Personality Info ! African American: skin has variously been described as “chocolate”-colored (#14: Alice Alone, p. 33), “cocoa”-colored (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 17, 49), “pecan”-colored (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 106), the color of Log Cabin maple syrup (#17: Including Alice, p. 5) ! Laugh like warm syrup (#17: Including Alice, p. 5) ! Short ! Legs are short, too, but shapely; walks with feet pointed out, like a dancer (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 3) ! Perfect eyebrows; gets them shaped ! Hair: In book #16: Patiently Alice, has cornrows (p. 85); by January of sophomore year, she’s just had her cornrows redone in a circular pattern (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 9); by jr. year, changes her hairstyle every few weeks (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 21); start of 2nd semester: new style of cornrows, geometric pattern on top, rises higher in back (#21: Almost Alice, p. 2); Yolanda gives her another elaborate cornrow design in Sept. of senior year (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 30) ! Spends time maintaining her long, elegant nails (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 59) ! Smart ! Very good in math ! Late sleeper ! Favorite color: yellow (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 91) ! Isn’t superstitious (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 93) ! Collects butterflies, after they die (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 24)

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History with Alice ! First meets Alice in 8th-grade math class; in homeroom with her too ! Has always helped Alice with her difficult courses, especially Algebra, and serves as an inspiration/role model to Alice ! She’s one of Alice’s three best friends by sophomore year ! Although Alice and Gwen see each other quite a lot when Alice is attending U of MD—often hanging at each other’s dorms—Gwen sees very little of Alice, Liz, and Pam once she’s in medical school (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 296) ! During Alice’s cancer ordeal, Gwen is there for her the most (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 442) Residence & Family Life ! 2 brothers (Bill and Jerome), 2 parents, strict father, mother ! Her father’s birthday is in October (on or very near Ben and Sylvia’s wedding anniversary, the 18th) (#17: Including Alice, p. 106) ! Grandparents seem to live with them, grandmother definitely does, always has, Gwen calls her “Granny” (#16: Patiently Alice, pp. 22, 45); very attached to her grandmother, goes to her room and kisses her good night every night (#16: Patiently Alice, pp. 45–46); grandparents around for segregation/racial strife; grandmother is religious, doesn’t question God/faith (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 132); she’s in her late 90s by the time Gwen’s in her 1st year of residency, around 27 years old (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 323) and finally dies a centenarian after going into kidney failure, a week after Gwen and Charlie get married, when Gwen’s around 31 years old (#26, p. 344) ! Large extended family that Alice envies (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 22), all very close, she helps out a lot w/her family members (#15: Simply Alice) ! Uncle Albert (very fun), nicknamed “Uncle Ugly,” “Uggie” (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 143) ! Family goes to church each New Year’s Eve (#17: Including Alice, p. 264) ! Lots of relatives come for 11th-grade X-mas (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 264) ! Has a sort of open house for 11th-grade New Year’s Eve (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 288) ! Buys her brother’s car from him when he gets a new one in January of her senior year (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 54)—the first one in the group of friends to have her own car (#24, p. 164) ! Has gone to four family showers in last 8 months, a bridesmaid at 3 of those weddings (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 164) ! By time of Alice’s wedding, has a 5-year-old niece who serves as flower girl (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 281) ! Mother is member of Cosmos Club in DC (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 344) Personal History
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3. Friends & Schoolmates Abby (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 22): one of Alice’s closest friends in college and then thereafter; they first meet through Valerie when she’s 19 years old; small but not fragile, a powerhouse; loves baking; from Eastern Shore; Alice’s roommate sophomore year: respectful, reasonably neat; undecided major; has boyfriend in fall of junior year; Alice accompanies her to her aunt’s place in Oregon for summer catering job; one of Alice’s bridesmaids—living in Oregon by then, ends up partnering with her aunt Jayne in her catering business (p. 259) Adler, Phil (#21: Almost Alice, p. 35): tall, gangly; member of GSA at school, when Alice first meets him; started as roving reporter for The Edge, but editor in chief by their senior year (#23: Alice in Charge, pp. 10, 17); gay—attends senior prom with another GSA member (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 234); one of Alice’s “Assassins” targets, lives on a cul-de-sac in Kensington (#24, p. 273) Allison, Yvonne (#4: Reluctantly Alice): in A’s 7th-grade World Studies class Ana (#21: Almost Alice, p. 262): Latino senior; Mario’s date/girlfriend for Patrick’s senior prom Andrew (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 63): U of MD classmate and one of Alice’s new “gang” Angela (#24: Incredibly Alice): plays Lillian in Cheaper by the Dozen; sophomore to Alice’s senior (p. 101) Ashley (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 151): U of MD student to whom Claire sells her first Magic Myst executive assistantship at start of 2nd semester, junior year Austin (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 147): one of the student volunteers at People Care; horn-rimmed glasses, dreadlocks, muscular, big; very nice, thoughtful; Gwen invites them to the apartment a few weeks later (p. 207), and thereafter they’re friends—just friends, says Gwen (p. 228), though they’re dating by book #23 and throughout book #24, at which point he’s in his second year at Howard U (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 232); break up in June, right after she graduates (#25: Alice on Board, p. 35), but get back together for the next several years, until he takes a job in NC summer before Gwen’s senior year (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 187) (for more details, see Gwen’s “Love Life” section) Bates, Steph (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 131): fellow schoolmate, sophomore to Alice’s senior Batista, Bud (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 131): fellow schoolmate, same year as Alice Beachy, Megan (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of Alice’s 3rd-grade classmates; one of the three nicknamed “Terrible Triplets”; lives two blocks away in Takoma Park, and they become friends by the end of book #1a; still a classmate in 4th grade; birthday is in early November, has a sleepover to celebrate in 4th grade; 4-person family: mom, dad, Megan, and little sister; Alice gives her a tiny music box with a revolving bear on top; the family room is in the basement of her house (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 26–28); for Thanksgiving of 4th-grade year, her family hosts 13 people (#1b, p. 42); still friends with Alice in 5th grade, in her class (#1c: Lovingly Alice, pp. 2); everything about her is square shaped (#1c, p. 3); plays piano (#1c, p. 58); has an aunt (Sharon) and uncle who experienced a string of bad luck once (#1c, p. 102); believes in hell (#1c, p. 152); post-5th-grade family vacation to Kings Dominion; the following school year, her parents send both her and her sister to a private school (#1c, p. 158) Berg, Jack (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 295): fellow schoolmate, same grade as Alice Bernardo, Marcie (#18: Alice on Her Way): Patrick’s date for 10th-grade Jack of Hearts dance (p. 98), then apparently his girlfriend thereafter (p. 144); wore purple low-cut dress to the dance;
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long dark hair; wears contacts; plays first flute in the band; Alice assumes she’s brainy (pp. 98, 144) Bogdan, Marcella (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 202): fellow schoolmate, same year as Alice Brennan, Molly (#14: Alice Alone): Drama Club member, also wants to be stage crew; short (shorter than Alice) and squat, light brown hair in modified punk cut, huge blue eyes; usually wears overalls; one year older than Alice (sophomore when A meets her); for initiation, she was “tattooed” on her back (#15: Simply Alice, p. 56); still on stage crew the following year (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 42); when Pam is reassigned to her mother’s room for the school trip to NYC, she becomes the girls’ new roommate (#18, p. 176); wants to go to Oberlin College (#18, p. 194); has a father at home, his grandfather (her great-grandfather, Henry Franklin Brennan) came into country via Ellis Island from Ireland (#18, pp. 212–213, 218); at 16 years old, she’s never been kissed, never had a boyfriend (#18, p. 230); belongs to Spanish Club and plays the piano (#18, p. 230); drives an old Ford (#18, p. 317); diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia summer before her senior year; enrolled in a 12-month study in July (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 54–55); male oncologist (#19, p. 90); in AP English during senior year (#19, p. 69); lives in two-story house, with her bedroom upstairs (#19, p. 126); has started chemotherapy by August (#19, p. 127); has four older sisters: two in the area, one in CA and one in OR (#19, p. 129); only thing she hates more than vomiting is being dizzy (#19, p. 130); when Pam, Liz, Alice, and Gwen redo each other’s bulletin boards right before school starts, they make one for Molly too (#19, p. 228); she puts on a brave front for Jacki’s insensitive story on her leukemia for The Edge (#19, pp. 243–244); Alice visits her once a week (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 6); 1st semester of senior yr. doesn’t make it to class much (#20, p. 180), she’s having a difficult time with treatment: all hair gone (#20, p. 30), thinner, sicker, weaker, bone-tired; Gwen misunderstood the prognosis: cure rate is pretty good for young kids, not necessarily kids Molly’s age, and treatment can last for two or three years, not just this one block of chemo (#20, p. 183); everyone loves Molly—lots of interests, very involved in things, has won lots of ribbons and trophies, doesn’t stress over guys, makes you feel like you’re the most interesting person in the world when you’re with her (#20, p. 179); the girls carol and bring her some snow the night they get out for X-mas break, she freezes it so they can have a snowball fight whenever she’s up to it; feeling better this week (#20, pp. 266–269); doing a little better that January (#21: Almost Alice, p. 29); cushioned window seat in bedroom (#21, p. 96); by April, her chemo treatments are spread out enough to let her have periods of feeling pretty good (#21, p. 191); all her hair is still gone—including eyebrows and eyelashes—but she refuses to wear a wig, preferring baseball caps (#21, p. 195); by May, blood tests have shown definite improvement, new combo of drugs (#21, p. 227); by start of August, chemo is over and hair is starting to grow in; next blood tests in two weeks will reveal more: she’s in remission (finds out at end of month)! (#22: Intensely Alice, pp. 207, 268); accepted to U of Maryland, starts this fall (#22, pp. 207, 268); lives on campus, comes home for that first Thanksgiving weekend; has a Pakistani boyfriend now, a good kisser, her folks love him; hair has grown out a couple of inches, new cute haircut with loose curls around her face (#23: Alice in Charge, pp. 216–217); hosts a cookout for her girlfriends over spring break, Tues., April 19 (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 191) Brewster, Brian (#5: All But Alice): single-parent home (#13: The Grooming of Alice); most handsome of the “Three Handsome Stooges” (best-looking boys in 7th grade); best-looking boy in 8th grade (until Justin comes); as large as a linebacker by sophomore year (#17: Including Alice, p. 37); kind of a jerk; sits behind A in World Studies; wears Adidas sneakers; 8th-grade Critical Choices assignment: DWI offense—result: 100 hrs. community service and drivers’ seminar (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 5, 111); not on speaking terms with Mark in Sept. of 8th grade over Pamela, but back to being friends by Oct.; summer job before 9th
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Chassie (#24: Incredibly Alice): plays the role of Martha in Cheaper by the Dozen; junior to Alice’s senior, in P.E. with her (p. 101) Chris (#4: Reluctantly Alice): boy in A’s 7th-grade World Studies class Chris (#18: Alice on Her Way): member of stage crew, on set committee with Alice; senior; blond hair (p. 42); dating Faith after the New York trip, after she breaks up with Ron; very nice guy; attends Virginia Tech, after which he and Faith stop seeing each other, though they email from time to time (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 199) Claire (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 22): one of Alice’s three closest friends at U of MD and thereafter (though she’s closer to Val and Abby); first met through Valerie; Val’s roommate in sophomore year, Abby’s roommate in junior year; wide-spaced eyes, eclectic dresser, long brown hair worn plainly; from Baltimore; starts repping Magic Myst makeup in fall of jr. year; marries a man in the Coast Guard (p. 309) Cole (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 63): U of MD classmate and one of Alice’s new “gang”; reddish hair; basketball player Colin (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 21): Valerie’s boyfriend of 1! years, a sophomore to her freshman at U of MD, started dating in high school; October birthday, loves cupcakes; high school was bad until she met him; they break up after his graduation Collier, Justin (#10: Outrageously Alice): new kid in school in 8th grade, transfer student, dad’s in the navy; in A’s English class; handsomest boy in 8th grade (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 2), tall, blond, soft voice; plays trombone in school band; Pamela initially has her eyes on him but he likes Elizabeth and they’re an item by book #11: Achingly Alice; summer job before 9th grade: part-time at pizza place; flirtatious with both Liz and Jill summer after 9th grade (#16: Patiently Alice, pp. 186, 216); presumably sleeping with Jill by late that summer (p. 202) and they’re still involved the following semester (#17: Including Alice, p. 224) and in post-10thgrade summer (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 44); has driver’s license by end of 10th grade (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 296); dad has made millions in real estate (#19: Alice in the Know, 44); still in love with Jill at start of junior year (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 5), but his parents think she’s just a gold digger, want to send him away to study in England (#20, p. 235); starts to sport a goatee by that fall (#20, p. 141); goes to Bahamas with parents over 11th-grade spring break for his grandmother’s 90th (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 210), partly to get him away from Jill, from unbeknownst to them, he sends her the money to fly down too and she stays in the hotel next door (#21: Almost Alice, pp. 99, 217); has a job summer before senior year (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 4); lives in a big house in Kensington but isn’t pretentious (#22, p. 164); according to Jill, his parents are still actively trying to break up the couple throughout the summer preceding 12th grade (#22, p. 210); he doesn’t take it well when Jill breaks up with him in November of sr. year over his family’s interference (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 196); but they’re fully back together again by the Snow Ball on December 10 (#23, p. 267); becomes eligible for his grandfather’s trust fund at 18 (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 63); an only child (#24, p. 63); tells his parents about the pregnancy in mid-February of senior year— mother freaks out, feels Jill trapped him (#24, p. 108); though he’s on board with the pregnancy and wedding, Alice notices how tense he looks in spring of senior year (#24, p. 172); see “Jill” for future details Collins, Elissa (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 131): fellow schoolmate, same year as Alice Connie (#4: Reluctantly Alice): sits behind A in 7th-grade World Studies class Cortez, Emma (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 294): fellow schoolmate, sophomore to Alice’s senior Cranston, Sue (#4: Reluctantly Alice): girl in A’s 7th-grade Language Arts class David (#4: Reluctantly Alice): boy in A’s 7th-grade World Studies class Dawn (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of Alice’s 3rd-grade classmates; one of the three nicknamed “Terrible Triplets”; friends with Alice by book #1b: Alice in Blunderland; goes to her
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grandmother’s for Thanksgiving of 4th-grade year, with 22 people in attendance (#1b, p. 43); follows whatever her friend Jody does (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 2); still in A’s class in 5th grade; born at 4:00 A.M. (#1c, p. 125) Denisha (#21: Almost Alice, p. 33): member of GSA at school Devon (#15: Simply Alice): senior; stage crew member for Fiddler; body pierced Devon (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 121): fellow SCOO member at U of MD, takes care of publicity with Samantha Donovitch, Jim (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 203): fellow schoolmate, same year as Alice Early, Jacob (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 297): fellow schoolmate, same grade as Alice Ed (#15: Simply Alice): senior; stage crew member for Fiddler; body pierced Eggers, Caroline (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 181): follow schoolmate, sophomore to Alice’s senior Emily (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 55): one of the girls Alice first met at “Our Whole Lives”—the one who proposed crawling out the window to escape the first session; reconnects with her one morning at church Engstrom, Barbara (#4: Reluctantly Alice): in A’s 7th-grade World Studies class; sits next to her in 1st row Evans, Sara (#1a: Starting with Alice): 2nd girl Alice befriends in 3rd grade; originally had dirty hair and chewed w/mouth open, didn’t seem to have any friends; smart and funny; blue eyes, thin face and lips, pinched-in nose, stringy long hair; lives in a tiny, messy house surrounded by a chain-link fence; six siblings, two older than her; a total of 4 girls and 3 boys; skinny (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 30); one of her brothers got a peanut stick up his nose once and had to go to the ER (#1b, p. 154); some kids still picked on her in 4th grade (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 51); moves away before 5th grade starts (#1c, p. 2); Donald tells Alice family moved after getting evicted for not being able to pay the rent (which is what his mother heard at the salon) (#1c, pp. 4–5), but Alice is thrilled to hear from Mr. Dooley that he thinks her family went to live with her grandmother in North Carolina, which is confirmed when Sara sends Alice a birthday card; her Dad gets a job in Texas and the family is just waiting to join him to see if the job works out; her grandmother’s house is small, she has two dogs and lots of fish (#1c, pp. 38, 123); she told great scary stories (#1c, p. 7); Alice especially misses how much Sara made her laugh, even more than Rosalind (#1c, p. 21) Faith (#15: Simply Alice): Drama Club member; two years ahead of Alice; joins stage crew for spring production; tall, rail thin, long straight hair, pale face powder, black eye makeup, and bright red lipstick; high cheekbones; perfectly even and perfectly spaced white teeth (#18: Alice on Her Way, pp. 125, 191); soft breathy voice (#18, p. 124); dresses Goth—black most of the time, white in summer, shops at thrift stores (#18, p. 191); wants a career w/repertoire company as permanent stage crew member; for initiation, she was “tattooed” on her breast; breaks up w/Ron after confrontation at clean-up meeting but back w/him by A’s 15th b-day; still with Ron and back on stage crew in book #18 (p. 42); crying, with torn sleeve and welt on arm, in locker room at Jack of Hearts dance, where he set her up to anger him (#18, pp. 108, 125); her mom makes her stick with the school trip to NYC even though Ron couldn’t come along (#18, p. 177); her parents hate Ron (#18, p. 178); on Monday after return from trip in a jealous rage, he knocks out two of her teeth by slamming her face into his car hood; she tells the cops to take him in and is herself taken to an ER; she’s out of school for a week, teeth couldn’t be reattached, she gets a bridge (#18, p. 246); after spending some time with Chris in New York, they’re dating by A’s 16th birthday (#18, p. 264); her parents send her to counseling over the summer (#18, p. 263), and in late July, she assures Alice she and Ron are history (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 67); reappears in series at Molly’s April 19 cookout during Alice’s senior-year spring break, looking and feeling great (#24: Incredibly Alice, p.
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199); she and Chris stopped dating when they entered separate colleges, she’s getting her associate’s at Montgomery in June and seeing a navy guy now Farmer, Sean (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 295): fellow schoolmate, junior to Alice’s senior Ferguson, Rod (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 131): fellow schoolmate, same year as Alice Fielding, Eric (#15: Simply Alice): the mystery “CAY” (i.e., Crazy About You) who e-mails her at start of 2nd semester 9th grade (pp. 20, 23, 47); cute, blond, thick blond eyebrows, downturned smile, several inches taller than A; shy; has stuttered since 5 years old (p. 54); in biology w/her in 9th grade; in history w/Elizabeth; on track team w/Patrick, came in 2nd in relay; 1st period English w/Mr. Larson; lives by Dale Drive, opposite direction from Alice’s; dad works for IBM, being transferred to Dallas in June; former scout, knows how to tie lots of knots; married sister in Missouri; mother from Texas, lots of relatives there; mother read poems to kids; doesn’t like to talk on phone due to stuttering; plans to get driver’s license in TX; stuttering not bothering him so much anymore, especially since he’s met Emily (#17: Including Alice, p. 182) Gambi, Todd (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 42): fellow high school student Gary (#18: Alice on Her Way): one of the “Our Whole Lives” students (p. 315) Green, Leo (“Legs”) (#13: The Grooming of Alice): Gwen’s boyfriend, very tall, very skinny, eats a ton; dad walked out when he was 6, got a stepdad he didn’t like, happiest day when he, too, walked (p. 179); track; we learn his actual name in book #16: Patiently Alice; works on Sundays during summer before Gwen’s 10th grade (off on Fridays; #16: Patiently Alice); has a grandmother who lives in Frederick (#16: Patiently Alice); is cheating on Gwen by book #16: Patiently Alice; he told Mark, who in turn told Karen, that he and Gwen have slept together (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 214); enters senior year as Gwen enters sophomore year (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 220); was very “needy” with Gwen (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 219); he’s at her senior prom with unknown date, doesn’t see her (#24: Incredibly Alice) Haller, Eric (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 296): fellow schoolmate, sophomore to Alice’s senior Hardesty, Murray (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 35): junior class treasurer; Student Jury member Harris, Ollie (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of Alice’s 3rd-grade schoolmates; guest at her 9th b-day party; still at school with her, in her class, in 4th grade; Jewish (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 70); evidently, always tried to kiss Alice (#17: Including Alice, p. 228), and book #1b (Alice in Blunderland, p. 50) did indeed mention that he was one of the boys who used to chase her at recess, presumably because he liked her, which he does again in 5th grade, on the playground, when he tries to play Tarzan with her like Donald got to (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 78); has freckles (#1c, p. 39); born at 6:00 P.M. (#1c, p. 125) Harry (#15: Simply Alice): stage crew member for Fiddler; nice; body pierced; he’s a senior when Alice is a sophomore (#18: Alice on Her Way, pp. 42, 178); all the girls like him, but Alice first learns from Molly that he’s gay on the trip to New York (#18, p. 178); very expressive, a good actor; Max is his boyfriend in book #19: Alice in the Know (p. 88) Haung, Ann (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 66): upperclassman at school, wants to be a chemist Haynes, Lori (#12: A on the Outside): a girl from A’s 8th-grade English class and homeroom; tall brunette with bangs, average looking (“pretty” by senior year of high school; #23: Alice in Charge, p. 74), with nice shape, not large bosom; has two brothers w/rooms in basement— both really shy, 16 and 17; lives in a Cape Cod in Glenmont; rather shy; her mom’s a housewife and her dad, rather quiet, an engineer; a lesbian—she’s known she was different since she was six years old—but her family doesn’t know (#12: A on the Outside, pp. 100– 103)—until book #23, that is, when she shares that she eventually came out to them (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 74); once wet herself in public; hunches over when she walks, growth spurt in Dec. of 7th grade; locker across from A’s in gym; great bedroom, like a mini apt.; a couple with Leslie (#14: Alice Alone, p. 48); e-mails A that she thinks she and Leslie would
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like to be camp counselors, dream job is national park guide, likes to hike (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 161); in the bathroom after the wedding ceremony, Alice finds Lori crying: Leslie broke up with her (#17: Including Alice, p. 87); but right before winter break, Karen tells Alice that they’re back together (#17, p. 238), and they are indeed in book #18 (Alice on Her Way, p. 99); they both work for the National Park Service clearing the Appalachian Trail over summer before jr. year, plan to do so again next summer (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 236); still dating Leslie throughout jr. year, members of the school’s Gay/Straight Alliance (#21: Almost Alice, pp. 11, 32); Student Jury member in senior year (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 74); wears white tux to senior prom with Leslie; it’s been the happiest year of her life (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 234); when gang gets together over Thanksgiving weekend of freshman year of college, word is that she and Leslie are still together but have headed out west to Washington (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 35); in Seattle (p. 246); loses touch with Alice in early 20s, but Pam’s aware that the girls start a successful travel website for lesbian and gay community (p. 325), so successful that they ultimately open Haynes Hideaway B&B in Hailey, Idaho (p. 473); had a five-month break at one point in their relationship, but quickly reunited, then got married in Seattle, and Leslie look Lori’s name (p. 474) Healey, Erin (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 67): upperclassman at school, wants to be a physical therapist Heather (#4: Reluctantly Alice): girl in A’s 7th-grade World Studies class Herringer, Emma (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 42): fellow high school student Hines, Sherry (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 42): fellow high school student Hugh (#18: Alice on Her Way): senior on the New York school trip who accompanies the group on their “breakout” Friday night; pleasant voice, dark curly hair, huge chest, broad shoulders; Pamela likes him right away; used to live in New York City, knows some bars by NYU that his brother—was a student there—told him about (pp. 199–200); gets blow job from Pam then dumps her Hurley, Mark (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 144): fellow schoolmate, junior to Alice’s senior Ingram, Charlie (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 131): fellow schoolmate, freshman to Alice’s senior Jag (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 46): classmate at U of MD, business major; transferred from a university in Bombay last year; friends with Dave Larson; plans to work for low wages for his painter uncle over the summer; very smart Jared (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 68): U of MD classmate Alice meets in line at cafeteria; music major; plays sax, in a wedding band; long fingers, narrow face and shoulders, short dark curly hair, handsome in a nervous way; lives off campus with grad students; friendship ends when he basically tries to date rape her after an April afternoon wedding in sophomore year; she reports him, he’s put on probation, transfers to George Washington in fall Jay (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 227): boy in Alice’s 11th-grade speech class Jay (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 103): plays the part of Frank Jr. in Cheaper by the Dozen; intense guy from Alice’s junior-year speech class; Pam’s date for senior prom (p. 231); going to Montgomery College (p. 232) Jenny (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 104): gets part of Miss Brill in Cheaper by the Dozen (as Charlene’s understudy, when she drops out) Jerry (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 16): boyfriend of Amber (Alice’s 1st college roommate) at U of MD Jill (#5: All But Alice): One of Alice’s friends from jr. high on; very thin, pretty, popular, tall with very long legs (taller than Alice in senior year; #24: Incredibly Alice, p. 100), light brown hair (with golden highlights by senior year; #24: Incredibly Alice, p. 172), large bosom (34C, then 34D by 10th grade; #17: Including Alice, p. 221; #19: Alice in the Know, pp. 76, 234), sexy; first mentioned as being helpful in the bathroom when Alice takes her new earrings out
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for the first time #5: All But Alice, p. 42); member of their Earring Club; also in A’s 7thgrade World Studies class; 7th-grade state name is “Colorado” (#6: Alice in April); 8th-grade Critical Choices assignment: arrange grandmother’s funeral—result: donates body to medical science (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 5, 111); angry over her assignment, she accuses Mr. Everett of sexual advances early in 8th grade (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 101); has unchaperoned New Year’s Eve party in 8th grade (so 3 girls can’t go) (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 39); goes to summer school summer before 9th grade (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 7); French maid for Penny’s Halloween costume in 9th grade (#14: Alice Alone, p. 97); feels “out of the loop” about the girls’ camp news summer after 9th grade; tells Karen that she and Justin are sleeping together by August before 10th grade (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 202); still dating Justin in 10th grade and after and presumably having sex almost every weekend (#17: Including Alice, pp. 224, 266); treats Alice like an innocent (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 38); still a sexy babe and a flirt post-10th grade, her friends think Justin has become all the more attractive as a potential husband for her since his dad has become rich and Jill dreams of a huge, expensive wedding (#19: Alice in the Know, 44); they act like a married couple (#19, p. 64), and indeed, her number one goal is to marry him (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 14); but his parents don’t like her, don’t trust her motives; she’s told Karen only that she and Justin have a plan if they try to send him away to school (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 235); at the last swim of the summer, Alice learns Jill’s been smoking cigarettes for a few months, lost 4 lbs. (#19, p. 232); meanspirited gossip hound (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 3); her already not-too-close friendship with Alice has cooled off even more by 11th grade (#20, p. 12) and by 12th, she and Karen have their own crowd that Alice doesn’t feel welcome in (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 63); sophisticated dresser (#20, p. 13); for Pajama Day, wears lace-trimmed black stain tailored PJs (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 22); against Justin’s parents’ wishes, he flies her down to the Bahamas over 11th-grade spring break (#21: Almost Alice, p. 217); she hates his mother (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 210); again hints at a secret plan she and Justin have for the future (#22, p. 211); but they break up in November of senior year (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 195)— she gave him an ultimatum: stand up to your mother or else; back together before the Snow Ball on December 10; looks ravishing in a white dress with low-cut back (#23, p. 267); purposely pregnant by January of 12th grade, due in September since conceived night of the Snow Ball last semester; she and Justin plan to marry right after graduation in May or June (#24: Incredibly Alice, pp. 62, 63, 109), but push it up to April 23, at end of spring break, once his parents resign themselves to the fact (#24, p. 132); bails on role as understudy for Anne in Cheaper by the Dozen—says she’ll be too busy planning her wedding (#24, pp. 101, 107); possible baby names: Isabella Paige, Ethan Alexander (#24, p. 110); the Colliers pay for most of the church wedding when the kids agree to their many terms (#24, p. 133); Jill seems to live alone with her divorced mom—a former model, even lovelier than Jill (#24, pp. 133, 197); post-graduation honeymoon planned for Kauai, HI, so diamond ring will have to wait (#24, p. 135); Karen throws her a well-attended surprise baby shower on April 18 that Mrs. Collier doesn’t attend (#24, pp. 163, 197); she and Justin will have to start out with secondhand stuff from his folks, because his trust will only cover rent of the 16th Street apt. in DC that they move into over spring break: top floor, one bedroom, den turned into baby room, living room faces courtyard, no balcony (#24, pp. 172, 173); spend wedding weekend at Hay-Adams Hotel (#24, p. 171); limited guest list: Karen, Gwen, and Alice invited, Pam and Liz not (#24, p. 172); at wedding, Jill’s mom is escorted down aisle by one of her brothers, Jill’s father gives her away (#24, p. 215); they have a baby boy (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 28), living in Baltimore (p. 246); by time group is 27, Pam heard from Karen that they separated but then reunited (p. 325); next we hear of Jill and Justin, they’re
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60, divorced, and Jill is a talent scout in L.A. (p. 510); still very attractive—trim and tan— though wrinkled (#26, p. 503); her mother told her about the time capsule Jim (#5: All But Alice): boy in A’s 7th-grade cooking class Joe (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 37): high school student; Kenny Johnson’s buddy Joel (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 68): Drama Club member, on stage crew; volunteers to be in charge of props for Cheaper by the Dozen John (#12: A on the Outside): one of the Bikers Johnson, Kenny (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 36): attitudinal 15-year-old sophomore; subject of first case Alice hears on Student Jury Karen (#5: All But Alice): *little heavy (#5: All But Alice) vs. very slim all her life, can’t gain weight, just like her mom and grandmother (#13: The Grooming of Alice); pretty, popular; a sometimes dubious friend (#14: Alice Alone); a gossip (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 190); member of the Earring Club in 7th grade; also in A’s 7th-grade World Studies class; 7th-grade state name is “Utah” (#6: Alice in April); 8th-grade Critical Choices assignment: arrested for shoplifting—result: $300 fine and banned from Wheaton Plaza (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 5, 111); works at attendance desk before school starts in 8th grade (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 12); her father owns a jewelry store on Georgia Ave. (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 78); summer job before 9th grade: helping her aunt in senior citizens’ home (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 7); lives in apt. w/her divorced mother (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 75); spends every other weekend with her father (#14: Alice Alone, p. 22); bag of potato chips for 9th-grade Halloween costume (#14: Alice Alone, p. 97); family has relatives over for New Year’s Eve in 10th grade (#17: Including Alice, p. 267); Alice & Co. get her an unnamed date for the Jack of Hearts (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 36); has driver’s license by end of 10th grade (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 296); she’s Jill’s best friend, and both of them usually agree with the guys in the group (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 65); starting smoking cigarettes when Jill did over the summer before jr. year—Alice tells her they make you wrinkle (#19, p. 232); pretty much Jill’s twin by junior year: follows her in appearance, in attitude, in behaviors (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 3), even in not being close to Alice anymore (#20, p. 12); wants to either marry rich or go into fashion design (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 14); for Pajama Day, wears fur-trimmed PJs (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 22); goes to NY with her mom for 11thgrade spring break (#21: Almost Alice, p. 99); has a grandmother who lives in Maine, whom she visits in early summer pre-senior year (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 1), even though the visit was boring (#22, p. 51); one of Jill’s bridesmaids (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 172); attends Penn State (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 35); living in Philadelphia at time of Liz’s marriage (p. 246); she occasionally e-mails Pam in their 20s, living in Pittsburgh by time girls are 27 years old (p. 325); when Alice next sees her at 60 years old, she works at a bank in Pittsburgh and is hardly recognizable, having gained a lot of weight (pp. 503, 510) Kayla (#25: Alice on Board, p. 255): another freshman roommate candidate, but her mother wants her to room with a Christian Keene (“Keeno”) (#19: Alice in the Know): friend of Brian’s, who brings him to Mark’s pool one night; fun and crazy; dolphin tattoo on butt; around for this whole post-10th-grade summer and thereafter; attends St. John’s, a private school (#19, p. 31; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 37); he seems to like Alice, consistently finding ways to talk to her, invite her places (#20, pp. 37, 237); same year as Alice &Co., though he took his PSAT a year earlier (perhaps as part of his prep school training?) (#20, p. 37); his dad buys him a used Buick with 100,000 miles on it in the fall (#20, p. 37; #22: Intensely Alice, p. 212); by summer before Alice’s senior year, he hangs with the gang even when Brian’s not there, chummy with Mark (#22, p. 23); cute, very blond, great physique (second only to Brian’s) (#22, p. 24); hair touches his shoulders by now (#22, p. 136); wants to buy an old car with Mark and fix it up to sell;
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to raise money for it, forms the Naked Carpenters with Mark (on harmonica; he’s on saw, which he learned from a great-uncle, with a radio for accompaniment)—a novelty musical act dressed in briefs, painters’ caps, and work boots, which plays at local Metro stops and gets some local media coverage; modeled after the Naked Cowboy act in NY (#22, pp. 134– 137, 139); takes a fancy to Liz by this point; pre-12th-grade summer job: works for his dad in a hardware store (#22, p. 238); last weekend of August, goes back to the soup kitchen and gives volunteer William a musical saw lesson, plans to do it again (#22, p. 266); mother drives an SUV (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 44); plays the guitar (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 152); will be attending naval academy in Annapolis after graduation (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 232); attends group get-together over Thanksgiving weekend of A’s freshman year of college, with buzz cut (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 35)—last we hear of him Keiler, Margaret (#1b: Alice in Blunderland; #2: The Agony of Alice): girl in A’s 2nd-grade class with whom she had to sing Kelly, Marcus (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 120): student chair of SCOO at U of MD; tall; relatives near U campus Kenny (#18: Alice on Her Way): one of the two students who take driving lessons with Alice from Mr. Higgins; very tall, about 6’7” (p. 249) Kevin (#18: Alice on Her Way): one of the guys in the “Our Whole Lives” class (p. 79) Kim (#4: Reluctantly Alice): girl at jr. high Klaybrook, Jon (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 295): fellow schoolmate, freshman to Alice’s senior Kowalski, Dan (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 66): upperclassman at school, wants to be a criminal lawyer Lavies, Christy (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 296): fellow schoolmate, same grade as Alice Larson, Dave (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 38): Alice’s college boyfriend and eventual fiancé (for details, see her “Romance Department” section above) Leslie (#12: A on the Outside): blondest girl in jr. high; in A’s 8th-grade homeroom; a lesbian, Lori’s special friend (pp. 140–142; #14: Alice Alone, p. 48); likes to hike, would love to be a national park guide, like Lori; breaks up with Lori in October of sophomore year to date someone else, evidently a guy from another school (#17: Including Alice, pp. 88, 111); but after testing her feelings for boys one last time, she returns to Lori (#17, p. 238); works for the National Park Service clearing the Appalachian Trail over summer before jr. year with Lori (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 236); came out to her mother around the time she started spending time with Lori (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 73); shorter than Lori, sturdy, pretty (#23, p. 74); wears white tux to senior prom with Lori (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 234); for all future details, see “Haynes, Lori” above Levin, Christy (#21: Almost Alice, p. 28): Don’s date to both the Snow Ball and the Sadie Hawkins dance; also a senior; brunette, finely arched eyebrows, tallish, on girls’ basketball team; lives in Scott’s neighborhood in Kensington; handsome more than beautiful, interesting face, deep-set eyes, fine thin nose, white teeth (p. 71) Logan, Josh (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 41): roving reporter for The Edge; same class as Alice (senior) Lorenzo, Mary (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 181): fellow schoolmate, same year as Alice Lyle (#18: Alice on Her Way): one of the guys in Alice’s “Our Whole Lives” course; tall; the one with clitoris on the sign on his back during the first class; also read the unexpurgated edition of Arabian Nights (p. 289) Lynch, Scott (#19: Alice in the Know): new editor in chief of The Edge; a senior; tall, thin, lanky (p. 240); smart, thoughtful, caring, a warm welcoming smile for everyone (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 8); topaz blue eyes (#20, p. 11), wrinkle at each eyelid, three tiny moles at jaw line, faint blond mustache (#20, p. 64); squarest chin Alice has ever seen (#21, Almost Alice, p. 17); popular (#20, p. 42); drives a manual car with bucket seats up front and a fold-down
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piece in between (#20, p. 62); wants to go into journalism or architecture; likes music, movies, bowling, sailing (#20, p. 65); takes a girl from Holton-Arms to Snow Ball (#20, p. 77); Alice crushes on him throughout book #20, will cherish his e-mail in response to her newspaper story (“Alice, you’re a wonder!”) forever (#20, p. 204); has a cell phone with caller ID (#21: Almost Alice, pp. 21, 22); afternoon chemistry class in 2nd semester of senior year (#21, p. 29); lives in Kensington (#21, p. 54); applied to four colleges so far (#21, p. 72); has a younger brother (#21, p. 151) Mackey, Josephine (#2: The Agony of Alice): One of Miss Cole’s students in 6th grade Madison (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 151): U of MD student; senior to Claire’s junior, the second of the two Magic Myst reps on campus, whom Sandra also recruited Manning, Kirk (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 35): friend of Patrick’s from band; Student Jury member Mario (#21: Almost Alice, p. 262): one of the guys on the “senior prom bus”; Latino; girlfriend: Ana Martin, Ann (#2: The Agony of Alice): One of Miss Cole’s students in 6th grade Max (#19: Alice in the Know): Harry’s friend (possibly boyfriend); looks just like him (p. 88) Mayer, Sam (#10: Outrageously Alice): in A’s Camera Club in 8th grade; shorter and heavier than Patrick, dark hair, looks chunky but muscular, round face, nice eyes and smile; by 10th grade, his face isn’t as round and he’s more muscular, inch or two taller than Alice (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 12); quiet; nice; close to his mom, lives alone with her in a 4th-floor condo in a high-rise on Colesville Rd. (#18, pp. 12, 87); hardly ever sees his father in Florida (#18; p. 95); it’s clear that he likes A by start of book #11: Achingly Alice; her life science lab partner in 2nd semester of 8th grade; very good photographer; Sam works for his freelance mom sometimes to earn money (#18, p. 18); invites A to semi-formal before Patrick does (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 114); critical of his own work; wants to be a photo-journalist (#14: Alice Alone); Jewish, usually goes to movies w/his mother on X-mas; spent 9th-grade X-mas Eve with Jennifer’s family when they were dating (#17: Including Alice, p. 242); breaks up with Jennifer right after freshman year was over (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 202); at newspaper Halloween party, asks Alice about her love life—still interested in her (#17: Including Alice, p. 172); comes to see her the last day of school before winter break in 10th grade, when she’s home sick (he had the same flu last week), bringing her the semester’s last edition of The Edge and filling her in on next assignment; he thinks his article will be on how it feels to break up (#17, pp. 240–243); instead, he decides to do a three-part photo essay (where students go outside of school, how they earn money, and how they give back to community) and Alice accompanies him to mall for research on the first installment the first Friday night in book #18 (Alice on Her Way, p. 7); he’s 16 by January of sophomore year, has his license, shares his mother’s car (#18, p. 6) (with full front seat, not bucket seats, p. 127); good, safe driver (#18, pp. 26, 128); has no classes with Alice in 2nd semester of 10th grade, different lunch period too (#18, p. 126); pretty serious guy (#18, p. 100); has a tendency to jump to conclusions (#18, p. 140); calls A’s cell phone instead of home number so as not to disturb her parents (#18, p. 123); signs up for school trip to NYC the minute he knows Alice is going (#18, p. 158), his seatmate on the ride up is Tony Osler (#18, p. 183); rooms with Justin, Mark, and Tim (#18, p. 183); let’s his mom plan his extracurricular activities: has taken a Chinese cooking class with her and cooks for them once a week, wrestling planned for junior year (#18, p. 186); original family name: Mayerschoff; grandparents from Russia, he’s named after his grandfather Samuel, married to Sophie (#18, pp. 215, 216); sentimental (#18, p. 253); within weeks of his and Alice’s breakup, he has a new girlfriend, from his Spanish class (#18, p. 317); dating a sophomore who adores him in 2nd semester of 11th grade; comes to the Sadie Hawkins dance dressed as Marryin’ Sam (#21: Almost Alice, p. 63); photography editor of The Edge by his senior year; plays the role of Dr. Burton in Cheaper
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by the Dozen (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 103); wears gray tux with wine-colored cummerbund to senior prom (#24, p. 234); cheeks get red when he drinks (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 259) McGowan, Ryan (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 103): plays the part of Larry in Cheaper by the Dozen; Alice’s classmate in physics; tall, handsome, brownish-blond hair (p. 106), athletic build (p. 115); moved from Illinois last year, when his dad was transferred (p. 126); did bit parts in community theater there, gets acting coaching now, thinking of majoring in theater, fine arts, or publishing/writing—wants to make a splash; applied to Columbia, U of Iowa, and his mother’s alma mater in MN (p. 127)—accepted at Iowa (p. 170); a great bowler, born in Bowling Green (p. 157); romantically interested in Alice—takes her out over spring break and first kisses her night of April 9 (p. 159); has relatives in Maine (p. 209); will work at uncle’s hardware store over the summer (p. 210); takes Penny to the senior prom (p. 234) Melinda (#21: Almost Alice, p. 262): Ron Yen’s senior prom date Merwin, Jody Dianne (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of Alice’s 3rd-grade classmates; one of the three nicknamed “Terrible Triplets”; friends with Alice by book #1b; still a classmate in 4th grade; doesn’t have any brothers or sisters, parents married (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 29; #1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 33); Jewish; every Christmas, after breakfast at her grandparents’, the whole family goes to the movies (#1b, p. 70); her mother’s a nurse, the one who calls the high school about Lisa Shane (#1b, p. 123); still in A’s class in 5th grade, with Alice still thinking she’s okay some of the time, sometimes not so much (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 2); hosts a sleepover party for Halloween, inviting only Megan, Dawn, and Alice, not Rosalind; has bunk beds and a TV in her room (#1c, pp. 26, 29); hair hangs over her eyes (#1c, p. 112); born at midnight (#1c, p. 125) Morella, Cindy (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 182): fellow schoolmate, same year as Alice Morella, Holly (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 67): upperclassman at school, wants to go into business Moss, Tim (#17: Including Alice, p. 143): new assistant editor of The Edge; starts dating Pam in junior year (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 85)—her date for the Snow Ball that year, in her English class that year; wears a midnight blue tux and smells of aftershave (p. 134); so nice for a cute guy, unassuming, funny, smart, thoughtful; great kisser (#20, p. 152); more of a gentleman than Pam’s previous suitors; his mother’s birthday is in April (#21: Almost Alice, p. 155); he’s 17 when Pam is, so both are just a little older than Alice (#21, p. 231); after the pregnancy scare in May of Pam’s jr. year, they break up (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 5) (for more details, see Pam’s “Love Life” section above); sports editor of The Edge by his senior year (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 10); gets role of Fred in Cheaper by the Dozen (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 103); when he shows up for group get-together over Thanksgiving weekend of A’s freshman year of college, movie-star unshaven look (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 35)—last we hear of him Mueller, Ross (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 32): Liz’s boyfriend from summer after 9th grade to summer after 10th: meet when fellow asst. counselors at Camp Overlook; cute (both Liz and Pam like him upon first glance); very blond hair, tan skin; from Philadelphia; he hooks up w/Liz, promises he won’t tell anyone about their last night alone together; his brother picks him up from camp; older brother looking at colleges in the fall of book #17: Including Alice, so he comes to D.C. with him (p. 90) just for that one day; doesn’t have his license yet in Feb. of sophomore year (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 35); takes Amtrak to MD to attend Jack of Hearts with Liz and sleeps at Les’s apartment (#18, p. 46); to Liz’s disappointment, decides not to attend Camp Overlook again summer after 10th grade (#18, p. 298), works construction job instead, which effectually ends the relationship (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 15); they still text now and then by senior year of high school (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 5) Murdo, Zachary (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 286): fellow schoolmate, same grade as Alice
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Murphy, Sean (#21: Almost Alice, p. 64): chair of the dance committee for the very first Sadie Hawkins Day dance in Alice’s junior year Norris, Ted (#2: The Agony of Alice): One of Miss Cole’s students in 6th grade O’Connell, Nick (#14: Alice Alone): senior, editor in chief of The Edge in A’s freshman year Osler, Tony (#17: Including Alice): about Alice’s height, brown hair and eyes, nice-looking but not spectacular, husky (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 33); one year older than Alice; sports editor for The Edge (#17, p. 140; #19: Alice in the Know, p. 241); drives a bunch of the staff to Jayne’s Halloween party, including Alice; costume looks like the king of Siam, which his sisters made for him; not particularly polite or respectful to Ben (p. 169); his dad (who himself drives a Buick LaSabre; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 85) bought him a used demo car (a little Toyota; #20, p. 85) for passing his driver’s test and pays for his insurance too; doesn’t see too much of his busy father; used to live in Massachusetts before his dad got transferred; has a genetic heart defect so can’t play football; although he picked Alice up last for the party, he takes her home last, which at first makes her nervous, but then he just talks to her the whole way home (#17, pp. 173–174); offers her a ride home from school in March, seems to like her (#18: Alice on Her Way, pp. 159, 160); still likes her in #20: Dangerously Alice (p. 9); has a reputation for being “fast” (#20, p. 76); dances with her at Homecoming (#20, p. 33) and takes her to Snow Ball (for further details on their brief romance, see Alice’s “Romance Department” section above); lives in a big ranch-style house with a housekeeper (#20, p. 213) Oslinger, Peter (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 182): fellow schoolmate, same year as Alice Penny (#13: The Grooming of Alice): Baskin-Robbins clerk; petite, a nice size 3, not skinny, cute, fun and bubbly, dimples, short curly hair; just moved to Silver Spring in June, hired a week ago; Brian likes her immediately; all the boys crazy over her; by book #14: Alice Alone, she’s in A’s high school and she’s got her eye on Patrick; has Halloween party on a Sat. night in freshman year, she’s in a pirate costume (which includes black shorts; #17: Including Alice, p. 138) and the all the guys come as gangsters (pp. 96–97); house like A’s: large and old w/lots of trees; two parents; wants to go into advertising; she and Patrick break up in June after freshman year, she doesn’t feel like a top priority to him; starts dating Mark summer before sophomore year (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 161); takes same bus to school as Alice, on before Alice is (#17: Including Alice, pp. 147, 160); her father is manager of the Pavilion, gets free tickets to all events (#17: Including Alice, p. 156); after Alice avoids and insults her a couple times at school in October of sophomore year, Penny e-mails her one night asking how long she’s going to stay mad at her, which leads to a longer exchange the following evening, ending in the two “pretending” to like each other for a few days to see how it goes (#17: Including Alice, pp. 146, 154–157); this actually lasts for months, and the two become friendly again (#17, p. 236); Penny had same flu Alice gets a week earlier (#17, p. 235); 10th-grade New Year’s Eve: party at a neighbor’s (#17, p. 267); still dating Mark in post10th-grade summer (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 17); for 11th-grade Pajama Day, wears same trapdoor red flannels she wore to A’s coed slumber party (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 22); can’t volunteer at the soup kitchen with her friends in July before senior year because she’ll be away that week (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 4); worried about “getting fat,” which she isn’t, even if she’s gained just 1 or 2 lbs. (#22, p. 51); pretty uneventful summer, with just surgery for an ingrown toenail (#22, p. 209); looks great at the sock hop; about a size 2; Alice still harbors a tad of jealousy, otherwise they might be good friends (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 79); plays the housekeeper, Mrs. Fitzgerald, in Cheaper by the Dozen spring production (#24, p. 101); during a phone call, Penny admits to Alice she feels like she always loses out to her, also tells her she never though Patrick seriously liked her—their relationship was just playful (#24, p. 213); interested in Ryan; has cousins young enough to babysit (#24, p. 214); doesn’t
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make the application cutoff date for the cruise line job (#24, p. 224); senior prom date: Ryan (#24, p. 234); moved with her family to Delaware (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 35); by time of Liz’s wedding, gang has lost track of her (p. 246); but via Facebook, Pam knows she’s married in Tucson by time gang is 27 (p. 325) Perkins, Shauna (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 297): fellow schoolmate, same grade as Alice Pete (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 63): U of MD classmate and one of Alice’s new “gang” Rainey (#25: Alice on Board, p. 255): potential freshman roommate, but ends up wanting someone artier than Alice Reeves, Kelsey (#21: Almost Alice, p. 98): senior who gets the role of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls Renaldi, Jayne (#17: Including Alice): new editor of The Edge (p. 43); tall, dark-haired senior; hosts a Halloween party for the newspaper staff in A’s sophomore year (p. 1380), where everyone’s costumes are to be made of newspaper (p. 142); lives near Colesville Road (p. 139), on the other side of Silver Spring (p. 169); Jayne’s costume is also a grass skirt (p. 170); her parents chaperone the party, she’s obviously close to her mother; doesn’t go on the NYC school trip—when she goes to the City, it’s on weekend with her aunt, when they see a few plays (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 159) Reston, Sean (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 67): upperclassman at school, wants to be a veterinarian Richard (#15: Simply Alice): senior; stage crew member for Fiddler; body pierced; tallest of the 4 boys, lanky, leers Robbins, Valerie (Val) (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 21): Alice’s best friend in college; first meet as Sociology 101 classmates, her closest friend freshman year, then roommates in junior & senior years too; rooms with Claire sophomore year; tall, thin, eats a lot but can’t gain weight; boyfriend Colin from high school, older than her; aunt in Adelphi; has a car; family in Frederick; history major, wants to work in museum acquisitions; dates Colin until he graduates, then has new boyfriend in senior year; offered job as curator for small museum being built in Oklahoma City; Alice meets her there over senior winter break to help her scope it out (p. 229); she takes the job after graduation and then permanently stays there for rest of book—co-director by the time Alice is pregnant with Patricia; remains a good friend, one of Alice’s bridesmaids Robinski, Craig (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 145): fellow schoolmate, same year as Alice Ruby (#1a: Starting with Alice): the mean patrol girl at Alice’s school (pp. 19, 24, 129, 131, 157); two grades ahead of Alice Russell, Amber (#25: Alice on Board, p. 255): Alice’s first roommate in college, from Ohio; she likes Alice’s freckles, Alice likes her tattoos (dove on ankle, angel on thigh, butterfly on midsection); laid-back; (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything): large but not fat, messy, unhygienic, strewn all over the place, dates Jerry start of freshman year, goes to live in his place once things get tense with Alice Sadler, Jennifer (#13: The Grooming of Alice): Sam’s date to 8th-grade semi-formal, then his girlfriend (#13, p. 177); wild mane of curly hair; they break up at end of freshman year (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 202), but it isn’t until 10th-grade V Day dance evening that Liz gives Alice an idea of why: she heard Jennifer telling Charlene that it seemed like Mrs. Mayer was along with them on every date (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 94) Samantha (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 120): fellow SCOO member at U of MD; red hair; in charge of publicity, with Devon Sanderson, Margaret (“Meggie”) (#25: Alice on Board, p. 143): the niece of a Melody Inn customer; potential U of MD roommate for Alice, until the girls scare her away with their practical joke Sara (#5: All But Alice): girl in A’s 7th-grade World Studies class; dark hair, quiet, average looking Sara (#14: Alice Alone): features editor of The Edge when A’s a freshman
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Schwartz, Cory (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of Alice’s 3rd-grade classmates; blond; guest at 9th bday party; still around in 5th grade (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 79) Schweitzer, Darien (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 35): debate team member; Student Jury foreman; round-faced, pudgy, radio announcer’s voice, politician’s smile Severn, Jacki (#19: Alice in the Know): new features editor of The Edge; a senior (p. 240); nice hair, even though the blond isn’t real, nice looking (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 8); Alice suspects she likes Scott too (#20, p. 43); though she’s a good writer with an eye for layout, Alice isn’t crazy about her, finds her difficult to work with (#21: Almost Alice, p. 12); quits Edge staff on Wed., March 26, right after spring break of her senior year when her feature story idea is rejected (#21, p. 145); voice gets louder whenever she wants to make a point (#21, p. 143); isn’t included in yearbook picture of staff that year (#21, p. 152) Sheldon, Amy (#17: Including Alice) (nickname: “Amy Clueless”; #19: Alice in the Know, p. 77): new girl in school in Alice’s gym class in sophomore year (#17, p. 6), disabled, comes over from special ed (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 77; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 23); not a looker: long narrow face, eyes too close together, big space between nose and upper lip, nonsymmetrical features, undersized for her age (hasn’t started her period yet at 15 years old), voice too loud, has a child’s innocent stare (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 23, 174, 265); not at all subtle; speaks in non sequiturs; doesn’t really fit in but desperately wants to and not aware of how this behavior affects people (#19, p. 77); always carries a tampon with her (#17, p. 89); Alice makes fun of her at lunch one day by saying she’ll be an old maid but then immediately regrets it (#17, p. 124); comes to Ben and Sylvia’s ceremony; lives in apartment bldg. a block away from Melody Inn; gullible (#17, p. 223); post-10th-grade summer job: dog-walking (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 77); also a victim of Brian’s sex quiz (#19, p. 122); comes to the Snow Ball alone in a pale green puffy, ruffled dress with matching purse, father dropped her off/picking her up at 11:00, thought people attended stag, begs Alice to take her picture with her, Alice saves her from humiliation by removing trail of toilet paper with a note pinned to her dress (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 135–139); finally starts menstruating in April of her junior year; thinks she can’t wear tampons as a virgin, but always carries some, for others (#21: Almost Alice, p. 182); seems to be repeating her junior year when Alice is a freshman (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 13); maternal grandmother: Grandma Roth (#23, p. 15); curls her hair on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays (#23, p. 22); nice figure, tiny waist, 32B bra size (#23, pp. 14, 23); good at asking questions, so Alice convinces her to become a roving reporting for The Edge; good at memorizing; has a literature tutor (who ends up being Mr. Granger) (#23, pp. 181, 224); Alice notices how nice she’s been looking lately—dressing nicely (#23, p. 203); substitute teacher Dennis Granger molests her after school on a Tuesday at the end of November in Room 208 after a series of innocent kisses she’d given him as thanks (chap. 16); after she’s brave enough to speak up and her accusations proven warranted, she garners the sympathy and admiration of the student body (#23, p. 260); joins stage crew for Cheaper by the Dozen production, on props, also serves as usher during performances—invited to be part of stage crew next year too (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 110, 185); has two cavities (#24, p. 111) Shoates, Jennifer (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 223): the girl in Alice’s 11th-grade speech class who chooses premarital chastity as her debate topic; mother humiliates her by protesting Song, Lei (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 42): fellow high school student Sonya (#18: Alice on Her Way): one of the “Our Whole Lives” senior students; red hair, the prettiest girl in the class; Lyle’s girlfriend; got a scholarship to Brown (p. 315) Spiro, Don (#19: Alice in the Know; given a last name in #21: Almost Alice, p. 12): one of The Edge photographers; a senior (p. 241); looks like a linebacker (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 176); one of the guys who watches out for Liz and Alice when they do their undercover newspaper
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research; he and Christy Levin double with Alice and Scott for Sadie Hawkins Day dance; lives near Scott in Kensington (#21, p. 61); going to Montgomery College for his first two years of college, then will transfer elsewhere (#21, p. 72) Squire, Gretchen (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 144): fellow schoolmate, freshman to Alice’s senior Stedmeister, Mark B. (#3: Alice in Rapture): one of A’s classmates; bit younger than Alice (so his birthday’s after May; in fact, when he dies, he’s still 16, so his birthday was after August 18 [#22: Intensely Alice, p. 249]) (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 296); Pamela’s 1st boyfriend by summer after 6th grade; an only child (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 232); has a pool with a light on the bottom (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 67), family usually opens it on June 1; in A’s 7th-grade World Studies class; one of the “Three Handsome Stooges” (best-looking boys in 7th grade); still interested in Pamela in 7th grade; larger than his father (#8: Alice the Brave); 8th-grade Critical Choices assignment: got a girl pregnant—result: $400/mo. for 18 years in child support, two jobs, no college (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 5, 111); not on speaking terms with Brian in Sept. of 8th grade over Pamela, but back to being friends by Oct.; summer job before 9th grade: shelving books at the library; starts dating Penny when the girls are at camp summer before sophomore year (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 161); 10th-grade New Year’s Eve plans: goes to a party (#17: Including Alice, p. 267); his pool is considered the group’s anchor point, and as their lives start to get busier and more complex, the whole group agrees to meet there every Monday night in pre-junior-year summer (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 17, 40); spends 11th-grade spring break fixing up an old Chevy he’s buying from his father (#21: Almost Alice, p. 99; #22: Intensely Alice, p. 26); considering going to Clemson for college (#22, p. 54); one half of the Naked Carpenters, with Keeno, to raise money for their car fixup project (#22, pp. 135–137); nice butt, back, well endowed (#22, pp. 135, 136), great smile (#22, p. 248); since he stopped hanging around with Brian so much and with Keeno more, Alice likes the changes she’s seen in him—more of an individual than a background player (#22, p. 141); summer job before senior year: gas station attendant (#22, p. 238); tragically killed on August 18th (for details, see section below); was a Cub Scout (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 302) Suzanne (#18: Alice on Her Way): one of the “Our Whole Lives” students (p. 315) Tolman, Drew (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 267): record keeper for senior game “Assassins” last week of high school Travis (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 60): U of MD classmate; wicked sense of humor Trisha (#12: A on the Outside): a girl at jr. high Truitt, Aaron (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 296): fellow schoolmate, junior to Alice’s senior Verona, Charlene (#2: The Agony of Alice): girl at school when A is in 6th grade; in Miss Cole’s class (pp. 33, 52); Halloween costume is bottle of Heinz ketchup that her dad and sister made (p. 61); gets one of the 3 best parts in the school play #2: The Agony of Alice, p. 82); resurfaces in book #15: Simply Alice (p. 15), looks like Alice from the back, same body shape, height, and hair color; pretty, thick wavy hair blow-dried away from her face; has it all, very fortunate, “The Girl Who Has Everything”; sings well, dances ballet, acting lessons started at age 9 (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 88); self-centered; moved back to town January 1 of 9th grade after her dad was transferred to Illinois; auditions for Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (#15: Simply Alice, p. 36), gets Tzeitel, only freshman to get part (#15, p. 40); showing off, sprains her ankle between acts on last performance (#15, pp. 110–111); gray brick house (p. #15, p. 123); A and the girls bring her flowers afterward (#15, pp. 123–126); still in Drama Club in sophomore year (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 42); tries out for role of Sister Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls junior year (#21: Almost Alice, p. 94); when she doesn’t get it, concentrates on upcoming ballet recital instead (#21, p. 99); auditions for Ernestine in Cheaper by the Dozen, but lands the role of Miss Brill; drops out when she gets part of the
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good witch in Wizard of Oz with Montgomery Players instead (#24: Incredibly Alice, pp. 88, 104) Weil, Chris (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 202): fellow schoolmate, junior to Alice’s senior Weinstein, Kurt (#15: Simply Alice): senior when A is freshman; big; wrestles, choir; great voice, gets part of Tevye in Fiddler; Jewish, observes the Sabbath; big house; has a living greatgrandfather Whitlock, Denise (“Mack Truck”) (#4: Reluctantly Alice): sits in front of A in 7th-grade Language Arts class, though she’s an 8th grader who’s repeating some courses; also in P.E. together; hefty; green eyes; born in Detroit; 4 brothers and 1 sister, she’s the youngest; mother works at dry-cleaning plant, father runs a bowling alley; thinks her mother doesn’t love her and feels unwanted (#6: Alice in April, p. 52); beaten by her mother (pp. 68, 101); has signed photo by Leonardo DiCaprio; commits suicide the Monday morning after Dad’s 50th b-day party, after giving Alice her prized possessions (p. 145), announced at a special school assembly; she stood in front of an oncoming Amtrak train (pp. 154–155) Whitney, James (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 63): U of MD classmate and one of Alice’s new “gang”; hairy (the guy the gang shaves); successor to his family’s farm; joins SCOO; from Frederick Withers, Louie (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 151): one of Keeno’s friends from St. John’s; heavyset; plays soccer; Pam’s date for senior-year Snow Ball Yen, Ron (#21: Almost Alice, p. 262): Patrick’s Asian friend; one of the people they attend the senior prom with Yolanda (#18: Alice on Her Way): Gwen’s friend, goes to same church, they ask boys from church to the Jack of Hearts dance sophomore year (p. 55); focuses far more on her ancestors’ slave roots than Gwen does (p. 218); by end of 10th grade, she’s started hanging out with Gwen and Alice’s crowd (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 65); favorite color: black (#19, p. 92); lives with her dad and, for the past three years, his girlfriend, whom she doesn’t want to accept as her mother (#19, p. 95); brings a guy (a boy friend or a boyfriend?) to the last summer swim at Mark’s (#19, p. 232); cinnamon-colored skin, very attractive (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 158); has taken some Spanish, has a boyfriend (#21: Almost Alice, p. 43); has lost her virginity by Thanksgiving of senior year (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 214); long nails (#23, p. 215); has an Aunt Josie (#23, p. 216); hot and heavy with her boyfriend in senior year, so doesn’t want to work on the cruise ship with the other girls that summer, but also because she makes good tips waitressing full-time and also wants a surgical procedure on her labia, which Gwen strongly opposes; cousin will lend her $4K to get it done (#24: Incredibly Alice, pp. 4, 30); ultimately decides not to do it (#24, p. 54); ringed fingers, finely arched eyebrows (#24, p. 25); likes her feet (#24, p. 33); graduates one day earlier than the girls, since attended a different high school, but as of yet, undecided on what to do next (#25: Alice on Board, p. 2); has an aunt who lives in Baltimore, visits her for a few days at end of cruise job (#25, p. 243); attends Alice’s bridal shower and bachelorette party (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 261) 4. Teachers & Faculty Ames, Miss Shirley (#15: Simply Alice): high school journalism teacher and newspaper sponsor/adviser; very thin (#21: Almost Alice, p. 142), oval face, small features, straight brown shoulder-length hair (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 63); costume for Jane’s Halloween party: long gown made up of want-ads section (#17: Including Alice, p. 171); pleases Alice at a staff meeting by noting that she’s good at drawing out people’s feelings (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 160); once won a hot dog eating contest (#21, p. 142)
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Bailey, Mrs. (#19: Alice in the Know): high school guidance counselor (p. 238); earned counseling degree from University of Maryland (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 8); in her sixties, gray hair with some brown, gentle curls, soft skin, laugh lines (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 36) Beck, Miss (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): the substitute teacher for Mr. Dooley in 4th grade for about a week when he’s absent due to the birth of his child Beck, Mr. (#19: Alice in the Know; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 23; #23: Alice in Charge, p. 1): previously mentioned male high school principal gets a name in book #23 Bloom, Mr. Gordon (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 167): high school civics teacher; faculty adviser for SSC; drives a station wagon; has a daughter Bolino, Mrs. (#5: All But Alice): teaches “Our Changing Bodies” unit of A’s 7th-grade health class; gorgeous; attends Sylvia’s wedding (#17: Including Alice, p. 96) Bork, Myra (#21: Almost Alice, p. 188): faculty member at high school; raises ferrets Burstin, Mrs. (#1a: Starting with Alice): 3rd-grade teacher: thin, wiry-looking, metal classes, curly hair; nice; had a baby last year; helps Alice return Mr. Dooley’s valentine box in 4th grade (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 97) Cardello, Luis (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 42): high school Spanish teacher Cary, Mrs. (#20: Dangerously Alice): Alice’s speech teacher in 11th grade, first semester elective course (p. 81); set designer for Cheaper by the Dozen spring production in 12th grade (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 68); married (#24, p. 184) Cole, Miss (#2: The Agony of Alice): One of the three 6th-grade teachers at A’s elementary school in Silver Spring; in charge of the safety patrol; beautiful, tall, slim, sandy hair that curls under at edge, white teeth, dimples, green eyes; drives red sports car; plays tennis on Saturdays; A gives her a tortoise-shell barrette w/clef sign on it as a gift at the start of the school year (pp. 42, 48) and a musical hankie on Valentine’s Day (p. 89); Halloween costume: Chinese/Asian woman; same birthday as Alice; A wants to be like her in book #2: The Agony of Alice, wants her to be her adopted mother, until she realizes she likes Mrs. Plotkin even better Corona, Mr. (#18: Alice on Her Way): one of the history teachers at the high school and one of the faculty chaperones for the NYC school trip in 10th grade (p. 176) Cummings, Miss (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 56): temporary librarian at high school, 2nd semester of Alice’s senior year, when Mrs. Garson takes a one-month medical leave Dooley, Mr. (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): Alice’s 4th-grade teacher; never gets angry; patriotic; likes his job; kids call him “Mr. Doe-doe,” “Mr. Doo-bee,” or “Mr. Doo-Doo”; Alice thinks he’s rather perfect, has never seen him make a mistake (p. 7); when he starts acting a bit of character and being late at times, it’s explained by the fact that he and his wife are expecting their first child on April 12 (but it comes around April 1—a boy, Elijah David); around Valentine’s Day, Alice take money she intended for Lisa Shane and buys his unborn baby a cap for a present (blue knit, with HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEETHOVEN in white letters on the front); he returns to his job after spring vacation, in early April Eagan, Professor (#25: Alice on Board, p. 202): the professor who invited Patrick to Barcelona— gets a name in book #25: Alice on Board; has a girlfriend who’ll be joining him in midAugust in Barcelona, also to teach a course Edgecomb, Mr. (#2: The Agony of Alice): principal when A is in 6th grade; looks like a rooster, narrow face, red wavy hair that peaks in the center, loose double chins, but not fat; Halloween costume: cowboy Ellis, Mr. (#14: Alice Alone): Drama Club sponsor in high school; married—he and his wife host cast party last night of senior-year play at their Victorian house (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 184) Evans, Oscar (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 42): high school history teacher
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Everett, Mr. (#9: Alice in Lace): A’s 8th-grade health instructor, new to school that year; ~30 years old, 6’5”, dresses casually, blond hair that hangs in his face, looks like a young Brad Pitt; warm smile, seems to love his job; genial; soft-spoken; fair and firm; married w/kids; several students develop crush on him in 8th grade (Elizabeth, Jill, Karen); his classroom is in the west corridor; keeps a legal encyclopedia in his reference books at the back of his classroom; Jill accuses him of making sexual advances in fall of 8th grade (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 101), which gets him temporarily suspended until Alice discloses the truth; wins two teacher recognition awards for inventiveness in A’s 8th-grade year (#11: Achingly Alice); attends Sylvia’s wedding; (#17: Including Alice, p. 97); one of his kids is 3 at the time of the wedding, a girl (#17, p. 101); Liz’s favorite teacher (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 19) Frazier, Mrs. (#17: Including Alice): a teacher at Alice’s high school; teaches a course titled Practical Living for seniors (p. 43) Free, Mrs. Betty (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 36): high school secretary Gage, Mr. (#21: Almost Alice, p. 94): choir director at the high school Galt, Corina (#21: Almost Alice, p. 188): faculty member at high school; owns a Model T Garcia, Mr. (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 36): high school custodian Garson, Mrs. (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 56): high school librarian Gephardt, Mr. (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 11): vice principal of Alice’s high school Granger, Dennis (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 18): substitute English teacher during Alice’s senior year—primarily subbing for a pregnant woman in Room 208; good-looking; makes the girls a little uneasy—too flirtatious/informal with them (p. 171); ends up molesting Amy (chap. 16) and behaving inappropriately with other girls, being replaced, charges against him proven (p. 260) Hensley, Mr. Elmer (“Horse-Breath Hensley) (#4: Reluctantly Alice): A’s World Studies teacher in 7th grade; bad breath; spits a bit when he talks; 5’10”, square build, small gray-blue eyes, grayish blond hair, always wears gray or brown; not too exciting but fair; married; to break up normal alpha routine, he organizes his kids alphabetically by first name, not last; each February, he has a famous persons assignment, where students look for commonalities; the time capsule is his project; retires after A’s 7th-grade year, kids throw him a party; attends Sylvia’s wedding; an excellent dancer (#17: Including Alice, p. 98) Hertzel, Mr. (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 74): Alice’s homeroom teacher in 1st semester, 11th grade Higgins, Mr. (#18: Alice on Her Way): Alice’s driving instructor; humorless (p. 249) Jackson, Linda (#21: Almost Alice, p. 188): faculty member at high school; belly dances Kessler, Mr. (#11: Achingly Alice): A’s 8th-grade biology teacher; attends Sylvia’s wedding (#17: Including Alice, p. 101) Kincaid, Mr. (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 19): high school teacher; nearsighted Kleingold, Mr. (#21: Almost Alice, p. 186): school orchestra faculty leader/conductor Larson, Miss (#9: Alice in Lace): substitute teacher for Mr. Everett’s 8th-grade health class when he’s briefly suspended Larson, Mr. (#15: Simply Alice): English teacher at high school Levinson, Mr. (#14: Alice Alone): band leader in high school Linden, Gayle (#18: Alice on Her Way): co-instructor of “Our Whole Lives” classes at church; married; has been teaching course for about seven years (p. 74) Morrison, Mr. James (#21: Almost Alice, p. 32): faculty sponsor of Gay/Straight Alliance Ormand, Mr. (#6: Alice in April): principal of A’s jr. high; bald; attends Sylvia’s wedding (#17: Including Alice, p. 96) Ortega, Miss (#21: Almost Alice, p. 94): dance teacher at the high school; choreographs Guys and Dolls
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Otis, Miss (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 80): school secretary at A’s elementary school in Takoma Park; new to school in A’s 5th-grade year; stands in as school nurse when needed; brown almondshaped eyes, brown shoulder-length hair, tan-looking skin year-round, long slender fingers; boys think she’s sexy, Alice thinks she’s a stepmother candidate but then finds out she has a boyfriend Parks, Mr. (#5: All But Alice): basketball coach in jr. high; teaches 7th-grade boys the “Our Changing Bodies” unit of health class; handsome, looks like Paul Newman w/black hair; still the boys’ P.E. teacher at Sylvia’s jr. high in book #17: Including Alice, attends the wedding and acts as emcee/deejay (p. 95); has a good singing voice (#17: Including Alice, p. 95) Peters, Roy (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 43): high school P.E. teacher Pinotti, Mrs. (#10: Outrageously Alice): sponsors the jr. high Camera Club; tiny, birdlike, sharp nose, lined face, closely cropped brown hair like feathers, black beady eyes, small hands; fascinating; passion for photography; attends Sylvia’s wedding (#17: Including Alice, p. 96) Plotkin, Mrs. Sara (#2: The Agony of Alice): A’s 6th-grade teacher; room 217; homely, pear-shaped; about 60 (in reality, isn’t 60 until book #13: The Grooming of Alice), short straight gray hair, blue eyes, receding chin, buck teeth; at 2:30 each day in her class, it’s book time, she reads very expressively, nice voice; Snoopy paperweight on her desk; Halloween costume: farmer (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 62); A is quite fond of her by the holidays and says she’s the first teacher she’s felt close to (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 79); has lived w/her husband in MO, WI, LA & MD; drives a Chevrolet; A gives her a musical hankie on Valentine’s Day (#2: The Agony of Alice, p. 89); no kids, only nephews, has a brother; summer plans: July in Vermont w/Ned; hospitalized the summer after A’s 7th grade for a heart attack (history of heart trouble): A visits and brings flowers (#7: Alice In-Between, chap. 14); first kiss around 17; A meets her again June before 9th grade when candy-striping, when Mrs. P is in the hospital for her heart problem again (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 37); thinner and grayer in last 3 years; she’s back in the hospital in August (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 131); teenage years a roller coaster, 20s exciting as she started out in life, 30s she fell in love, 40s fell in love w/teaching, 50s traveled a lot; dies in room 517 one August morning while A is at work there (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 130); memorial service (no body) that Friday at Methodist Church, Dad and Alice go, about 100 people, but mostly older neighbors, elementary school principal; people share memories of her, Alice included; retired after 30 years of teaching, devoted and active church member, many humanitarian activities (#13: The Grooming of Alice, chap. 11) Ralston, Mrs. (#14: Alice Alone): Elizabeth’s long-time piano teacher Rollins, Mrs. Barbara (#11: Achingly Alice): junior high school secretary; grandmother; at least 10 years older than Sorringer, good friends w/him, often go out to lunch Rosen, Mrs. (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 34): Alice’s AP English teacher, 2nd semester of 12th grade; small face, deep-set eyes Samuels, Mr. (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 131): high school chemistry teacher Saunders, Mrs. (#2: The Agony of Alice): A’s 4th-grade teacher Serio, Mr. (#1a: Starting with Alice): principal at A’s elementary school in Takoma Park Shepherd, Mr. Ernie (#21: Almost Alice, p. 188): faculty member at high school; survived an avalanche Soams, Bert (#18: Alice on Her Way): co-instructor of “Our Whole Lives” classes at church; married; has been teaching course for about seven years with Gayle (p. 74) Sorringer, Jim (#8: Alice the Brave): assistant principal of A’s jr. high starting in 8th grade; younger than Ben, taller, better build, but lanky; heavy eyelids, thick brows, craggy, not especially good-looking; large hands; friendly, talks to all the students; originally a math teacher at the jr. high, left to get his Ph.D. (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 2) in administration in California, during
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which time, Sylvia met Ben; he and Sylvia were dating before he left; upon his return, despite their agreement, he doesn’t want her dating anyone else (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 57); he returns a diamond to a jewelry store after Valentine’s Day of A’s 8th-grade year, presumably after Sylvia rejects his proposal (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 78); has an 81-year-old mother when A is in 8th grade (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 120); doesn’t write letters, which thrills A, since she knows how good her dad is at it (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 121); goes to Chester over A’s 9th-grade holidays (#14: Alice Alone, p. 229); bass player (though not that good and not that reliable) in a band with Bill Rodriquez (#17: Including Alice, pp. 32–33); smokes (#17: Including Alice, p. 82); reappears in book #19: Alice in the Know, when he subs in Sylvia’s doubles match one August afternoon, then drives her home (p. 142); seemingly happily engaged to the new gym teacher at school (p. 144); but ends up returning to California and marrying the woman he met there (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 354) Stedman, Mr. (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 19): physics teacher; good-looking Summers, Miss Sylvia (#4: Reluctantly Alice): See Section II (“The McKinley Nuclear Family”), no. 5, above for details about Ben’s (future) second wife / Alice & Les’s stepmother; see also Ben’s “Romance Dept.” section for particulars about their relationship Alice’s 7th-grade English/Language Arts teacher Superintendent (presumably of Montgomery County Public Schools): an unnamed male (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 230) Swick, Mrs. (#1c: Lovingly Alice): Alice’s 5th-grade teacher; kids call her “Mrs. Stick”; young, tall, straight, very thin; Alice thinks she seems sad (p. 37); never laughs until late in the year, when dimples are then revealed, as is the news that she and her husband are expecting (pp. 20, 142–143) Tawes, Mr. (#9: Alice in Lace): A’s 8th-grade English teacher; boring lectures; attends Sylvia’s wedding (#17: Including Alice, p. 96) Tolliver, Mr. Bud (#21: Almost Alice, p. 188): faculty member at high school; plays the ukulele Weber, Mr. (#2: The Agony of Alice): One of the three 6th-grade teachers at A’s elementary school in Silver Spring; thick glasses, looks like a teddy bear; nice; always takes his class on overnight campout last week of school (p. 25) (Chesapeake Bay that year); plays guitar; Halloween costume: vampire; has a sailboat Whipple, Mrs. (#7: Alice In-Between): one of A’s 7th-grade teachers; attends Sylvia’s wedding (#17: Including Alice, p. 96) Willis, Mrs. (#12: A on the Outside): A’s 8th-grade social studies teacher and homeroom teacher; Mexican, married to an Irishman or Scotsman Worrell (#15: Simply Alice): A’s 9th-grade English teacher, 2nd semester 5. Melody Inn Staff Jenkins, Loretta (#1a: Starting with Alice): clerk who runs the Gift Shoppe (on Saturdays in book #1a: Starting with Alice; all the time by book #2: The Agony of Alice); big frizzy hair, like a sunburst; always wears a T-shirt over her outfit; not too bright; chews gum; likes to go to the beach (Ocean City in summer) and to the mountains (skiing in winter), a gypsy at heart (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 45); Alice likes her better than she likes Janice; vegetarian; a year or so younger than Les (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 43; #7: Alice In-Between, p. 15); outspoken; warm and open, great smile, nice laugh, good w/customers; lots of food allergies when young; likes Lester (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 124; #5: All But Alice, chap. 3), makes a straightforward play for him in book #5: All But Alice (p. 124); just a few months later, on Labor Day before A’s 8th grade, announces her engagement (#8: Alice the Brave, p. 115) to a bartender (cute, a little crazy) she met at a club, she’s pregnant; gets married in civil
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ceremony a few weeks before book #9: Alice in Lace starts, married name “James”; bad morning sickness; gives two weeks’ notice in Sept. 1993 (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 60–62); living with her in-laws; for her wedding gift, Janice gets her wind chimes of baby angels, white shells, and gold harps, and Dad gives her a bonus week’s pay; visits the Melody Inn in book #19: Alice in the Know; had a baby girl, who’s over three now, still married, in their own apt., husband has decent job, she’s in night school (p. 220); comes to Les’s 24th b-day party; she’s a little slimmer now, wants another baby (p. 247) Rawley, Marilyn (#2: The Agony of Alice) (see “Lester’s Women” below for personal details): Takes over as manager of Gift Shoppe when Loretta quits (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 69, 78); highly qualified for job; mostly evening courses the semester she starts, so shop needs to work around only one morning and two afternoon shifts a week; works part-time/school parttime; by summer after A’s 8th-grade year, works 3 days a week after school, all day Saturday, more hours over the summer; asks to be Janice’s replacement as assistant manager in book #14: Alice Alone, for she drops out of college; 3-month trial period (pp. 90–91); gets raise in June of A’s post-9th-grade summer (#15: Simply Alice, p. 215); works on Saturdays in A’s sophomore and junior years (#17: Including Alice, p. 28; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 149); takes a two-week vacation at start of August (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 223); calls Ben “Mr. M.” (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 175) Reilly, David (#17: Including Alice, p. 29; first learn his last name in #21: Almost Alice, p. 48): new part-time (#21, p. 48) employee at Melody Inn, Saturday is one of his work days; around 18 (20 by book #21, p. 48); very handsome, with dark hair and square jaw; good dresser; sings in a men’s chorus, skis, has a computer, likes to Rollerblade; not dating anyone at the moment (p. 206), but just broke up with longtime girlfriend and thinking about becoming a priest (pp. 225–226); very professional (p. 221); very nice, as shown in his treatment of Amy Sheldon; going home to New Hampshire for the holidays in A’s jr. year to talk things over with his parents and his girlfriend, Connie, whom he’s reconciled with—try to decide if he loves the church or her more (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 151); is still undecided upon his return: his parents will support any decision, the clergy advise him to finish college first and get clear about his goals, but his girlfriend has given him a summer deadline to decide; lives in D.C. (#21: Almost Alice, p. 193); taking classes at Georgetown (#21, p. 50); thinking of returning home for Easter; likes to hike, swim, canoe, go camping with Connie there; they also have in common old movies, classical music, Dylan, poetry, sailing, crosswords, the church, but he seems to be leaning toward the priesthood over marriage (#21, pp. 107, 108); he breaks up with Connie that spring while they’re camping, she takes it hard (#21, p. 191); attends the first Saturday performance of Guys and Dolls with the girls (p. 194); was in plays himself in the past, the male singing lead in Rose Marie in high school and in The Mikado in community theater (p. 195); Alice notes what a good conversationalist he is, taking cues from his company, and how he looks people straight in the eye when talking to them, making you feel like the most important person in the world (#21, pp. 199–200); resigns his position in the middle of August of A’s pre-12th-grade summer to return to college full-time and then enter the seminary (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 139); Melody Inn has an early good-bye party for him on Monday, August 3, before Marilyn leaves on vacation; Ben gifts him with a book of solos for baritones; will be joining the choir at Georgetown (#22, pp. 223–224); e-mails Alice from New Hampshire at end of August (#22, p. 267) Sherman, Janice (#1a: Starting with Alice): store’s best clerk, works in sheet music section; assistant manager by book #3: Alice in Rapture; Ben’s longest-time employee; lives in Olney (book #1a: Starting with Alice, pp. 30–31—(*other books give different town); with no relatives in MD (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 41); has a cat; plays the flute; avg. height and weight, brown hair, brown eyes, somewhat pretty; wears glasses on a chain; dresses conservatively;
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History with Lester o Meets Les in a stats course in A’s sophomore year—around January—they date for a few weeks before he tells his family about her (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 142) o Alice, Dad, and Sylvia meet her for the first time 3rd Sunday in March, when he brings her for dinner, and they all like her right off (#18: Alice on Her Way, pp. 144– 148) o By August, he tells his family he intends to propose (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 79); but when he does so the night of her birthday a few weeks later—a Sunday—she politely declines, which ends the relationship; it seems her family (particularly her father and grandmother) didn’t wholly approve, but Dad suspects her feelings for Les weren’t strong enough as well (#19, chap. 11) Crystal Harkins (#2: The Agony of Alice) ! Good looking, short reddish hair, smooth pale skin, ample bosom (approx. D cup; #18: Alice on Her Way, p. 308) and hips but narrow waist; by end of A’s 10th-grade year, her red hair is almost shoulder length (#18, p. 308) ! Taller than Marilyn, a little heavier ! Wears Obsession perfume ! Plays the clarinet, likes classical music ! Parents’ house has a pool in backyard ! Marries Peter Carey the day after Thanksgiving: aunt sewed bridesmaids dresses; has lingerie-themed shower in late Oct.; invites Ben to the wedding but not Les; Ben gives them Melody Inn gift certificate for wedding gift; rehearsal dinner (buffet style at restaurant) night before Thanksgiving; bridesmaids in jade green, groomsmen in tuxedos; reception at hotel (all in #10: Outrageously Alice)
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History with Lester o Lester’s 2nd girlfriend in Silver Spring when he’s 19, he’s seeing her by the time Alice comes back from spring vacation (#2: The Agony of Alice, #3: Alice in Rapture) o Dad finds out Lester had Crystal in his (Dad’s) bedroom while Dad and Alice were in Ocean City (#3: Alice in Rapture, p. 118) o Throughout book #4: Reluctantly Alice, he dates both Crystal and Marilyn until they both find out he planned to spend the holidays with both of them (p. 181) o For Valentine’s Day in book #5: All But Alice (p. 82), she sends him huge bunch of balloons, right after he and Marilyn got back together; Alice tells her what happened to them, which is how she learns he’s seeing Marilyn again (p. 98); Les’s response is to send her a single red rose o Lester still hasn’t quite given her up by end of book #5: All But Alice, and he doesn’t date her in book #6: Alice in April, though he’s still interested and she does attend Dad’s b-day party o They hook back up in book #7: Alice In-Between, after he helps her escape Steve (pp. 22, 51), but doesn’t see her for several months that summer (#8: Alice the Brave, pp. 97, 103) and she’s mad at him o At start of book #9: Alice in Lace, Les still hasn’t decided between her and Marilyn, but when he spends his b-day w/Marilyn, Crystal breaks up with him by returning to him all their mementos in the form of a b-day present: torn photo, one of his shirts, half a bottle of perfume, book of poems, radio, toy yacht, glass zebra, leathers gloves, earrings, Swatch watch, camera, dried rose, sweater (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 37, 48–49) o Les calls her for a month afterward and predicts he’ll be dating her again shortly, but when she shows up at the house, it’s to announce to Alice her engagement to Peter Carey (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 127–129) o He shows up at the wedding, but not long enough to be spotted by anyone but Alice (#10: Outrageously Alice, p. 128) o She calls at end of book #11: Achingly Alice—evidently not too happy w/Peter—but Lester steers clear and advises her to concentrate on her marriage (p. 118) o Despite Les’s resolve throughout book #12 (A on the Outside) to avoid Crystal if she calls, so he can stay out of her marital troubles, she comes over one Saturday night in April or early May, confessing her doubts and her lingering feelings for Les, but he stands firm about not getting involved and calls Peter to come get her (they live across town); it doesn’t hurt that Alice hints Les is gay to ease Crystal’s pain (pp. 118–122) o The next time we see her, at Marilyn’s reception in book #18 (Alice on Her Way), she still seems more focused on Les than her own family (pp. 308–309) o In retrospect, he especially liked how “physical” she was (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 17) o Book #22: Intensely Alice: At start of August, while Les in on his bike trip, she mails him a “Personal” envelope (p. 225); turns out it’s the second one she sent, so Les has Alice mark it “Return to Sender” and mail it back (p. 233); after she and Alice chat on the phone, though, she seems to get the picture, to understand that she shouldn’t reach out to Lester anymore (p. 237) Marilyn Rawley Roberts
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(#2: The Agony of Alice): ! Same age as Lester ! Long straight brown hair (cuts it shoulder-length, curls ends under when she becomes asst. mgr. in book #14: Alice Alone, p. 146) (still shoulder-length in #23: Alice in Charge, p. 70), brown eyes, pink-tinted glasses, pretty, small/short, slender; wears dangly gypsytype earrings (#23, p. 70) ! Nice ! Voice like wind chimes ! Good cook ! Plays the guitar (classical & folk) and sings ! Earthy, natural, 60s flower child type ! Has a local sister ! Works for A’s dad by running the Gift Shoppe by book #9: Alice in Lace, pp. 69, 78 ! Attends Univ. of MD part-time, in one class w/Lester in fall 1993; emphasis on music, but general course of study (#9: Alice in Lace) ! Future plans: music therapist in nursing homes, psychiatric wards, etc.; doesn’t think she wants to teach, not real good w/lots of people at once (#9: Alice in Lace) ! Alice likes her just a wee bit more than she likes Crystal; the girlfriend Alice most wanted Les to marry (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 194) ! Calls A “Alice Green Eyes” (#9: Alice in Lace, p. 144-145) ! Used to be a gypsy for Halloween (#10: Outrageously Alice) ! Memorized “The Raven” in school (#11: Achingly Alice) ! Not too motivated in college; drops out in fall of 1994 (#14: Alice Alone) ! Wears more formal clothes when she becomes asst. mgr. of Melody Inn ! Starts dating Jack Roberts, a guitarist (and folksinger; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 149) by book #15: Simply Alice (pp. 157–158) ! Engaged to Jack by July/August of A’s pre-sophomore year; she knows he’s the one; ring is a small oval diamond set in white gold (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 194); the two come to Ben’s wedding, where Alice doesn’t see any sparks between her and Les anymore and figures they weren’t meant to be (#17: Including Alice, p. 102) ! Wedding is set for June (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 29): small, informal ceremony under a sycamore in a meadow, outdoors at a nature center near Seven Locks Road in Bethesda, where they like to hike; no printed invitations; a beautiful Saturday; all the McKinleys go: Dad (in suit and tie), Sylvia (dress and heels), Alice (in dress she wore for Dad’s wedding, with small-heeled beige pumps; Liz comes with her), with Les (in suit he wore for Dad’s wedding) bringing Tracy (in black and white dress); informal reception afterward at the couple’s house; wedding details in chap. 24 and start of chap. 25) ! Marilyn and Jack are renting a 2-bedroom Cape Cod on a dark, winding road off Route 28 in Rockville, set back from the street, old trees around (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 45); large backyard (#18: Alice on Her Way, pp. 300, 309); still there in A’s senior year (#24, p. 45); though house is small, large old-fashioned kitchen with a rocking chair, braided rug, big round table (#24, p. 121) ! Very happy; for their first Christmas, she’s buying him a really good guitar with her discount at the Melody Inn (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 149) ! About the same size as Alice, for she loans her the dress she wears to Patrick’s prom, which a rich friend loaned her to attend a charity ball (#21: Almost Alice, p. 101) ! Pregnancy:

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History with Lester o Lester’s first girlfriend in Silver Spring o Breaks up with him Thanksgiving weekend in book #2: The Agony of Alice, p. 72 o Writes to him from Bethesda the 1st week in Sept. the next year, wanting to get back together; he goes to see her and they get back together, though Crystal doesn’t know yet (#3: Alice in Rapture, pp. 154–160) o He can’t choose between her or Crystal throughout book #4: Reluctantly Alice, and so temporarily has neither of them as of X-mas of A’s 7th-grade year, though he loves Marilyn more o After not seeing him at all since Christmas, she shows up at the house one night (#5: All But Alice, p. 60) and they decide to be just friends (p. 64), but it quickly turns back into love (p. 80); he gives her the same bunch of balloons Crystal sent him for V Day (p. 93) and then fesses up (p. 95) o By book #6: Alice in April, he isn’t seeing either her or Crystal, though she attends Dad’s b-day party, because he hasn’t made up his mind and they both lose patience o By end of book #7: Alice In-Between (p. 143), they’re on good terms again o At start of book #9: Alice in Lace, Les still hasn’t decided between her and Crystal, but Crystal dumps him on his b-day, which he spends with Marilyn o They go to *Octoberfest (s/b Oktoberfest) in Penn. on a Sunday (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 124, 126) o Date throughout book #10: Outrageously Alice o Spend lots of time together in book #11: Achingly Alice: holidays, all special events, go to club in Bethesda w/friends on Valentine’s Day o They break up in March of 1994 (Les’s sr. year; A’s 8th grade) after 2.5 years of onagain/off-again, getting too serious to not go forward and Lester doesn’t want to hurt her by being committed too early in life; although it was a mutual agreement, she’s heartbroken (#12: A on the Outside, pp. 40–43) o When she comes to the house in August to teach A how to use computer (#13: Grooming of Alice, p. 199), they become friends again (p. 209) o #14: Alice Alone: Marilyn still isn’t over Lester (p. 148) and he misses her some but knows he’s too busy now to have a serious relationship (p. 133), but they remain on friendly terms
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o Doesn’t seem as sad about Les by book #15: Simply Alice; dating Jack by then o From their relationship, Les learned that he wants a sensitive woman (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 17) Stacy Houghton McKinley (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything): ! Five years younger than Les ! Meet when both are working at Basswood Center, in her last year at the university in Morgantown earning a degree in phys ed; she’s swim teacher (Olympic-size pool) on weekends there (later exercise classes too), previous state swimming champ (p. 31) ! Contemplating getting her master’s (p. 51) ! Family first meets her Thanksgiving of Alice’s freshman year of college ! Alice thinks she’s “the one” from the start (p. 44) ! 1 or 2 inches taller than Alice (p. 30) ! Attractive, short semi-curly brown hair, button note, stylish glasses, delicately shaped lips, very little makeup if any, round thighs, very energetic, with quick movements (p. 30), “impish” ! Cooks ! Family lives in Arlington (family = two married parents, one brother) ! Personality opposite of Les: intense to his laid-backness, precise to his carelessness (p. 31) ! Scuba diving trip in spring of A’s freshman year (p. 44) ! They get engaged in May of Alice’s freshman year (p. 50) ! Joint bachelor/bachelorette get-togethers; housewarming party in lieu of bridal shower (pp. 130–131) ! Married over Thanksgiving weekend of her junior year, at church on Cedar Lane; Friday night rehearsal dinner, Saturday evening wedding (p. 131); Alice in charge of guest book, picks her own periwinkle dress (p. 135); gets 3 extra invites for Pam, Liz, and Gwen, who sing funny version of “The Man I Love” to Les at reception (at hotel in Bethesda) now that he’s taken (wedding details in chap. 8) ! Since Alice is 20 here, Les gets married a few months after turning 28 ! Honeymoon in Costa Rica: snorkeling, rock climbing, zip lines, caves, jungles, and sandy beaches in the moonlight (p. 145) ! When Alice is in grad school, Les & Stacy are renting a townhouse in a small community a mile from work; little yard that they can tend to (p. 249)—very modern furnishings that Alice likes, IKEA-like; Stacy’s budget-conscious; has guest room and daybed in little home office off the living room (p. 250) ! After move to Virginia, Stacy teaches phys ed at nearby high school (p. 412) ! After trying for many years to have children, Stacy finally gets pregnant at 41 years old (Les 46) with triplets—they announce the news to the family over Father’s Day (the first June the Longs are back from Barcelona) (p. 414); babies born in January, when Les is 47 (p. 416) ! Living in Fairfax, VA, by time triplets are 10, in house at bottom of a gentle hill (p. 486) Miscellaneous Others Claire (#20: Dangerously Alice, pp. 205, 209, 272–274): new girl Les starts dating at start of December of A’s 11th-grade year; straight long brown hair with bangs, blue eyes, medium height and weight, a bit top-heavy; aerobics instructor at his gym, which is
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where they met, and a part-time student; the relationship seems far more physical than emotional at the start; has a sister, with whom she spends X-mas; lives in a four-story brick apt. bldg. in D.C., #302; he gets her a white-fur-trimmed red bikini for X-mas; relationship already over by early January when she proves too high-maintenance, too much of a partier (#21: Almost Alice, p. 8) Joy (#6: Alice in April): Les’s date for Dad’s 50th b-day party; in same aerobics class as Loretta; dumb; dated Les a bit along the way Kingsberry, Gloria (#1a: Starting with Alice): a girl whom Lester once kissed playing spin the bottle Larson, Mickey (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): girl who likes Lester in his junior year of high school and always calls the house (p. 11); has a car; red hair; still likes him and still calls a lot in his senior year (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 11); laughs a lot (#1c, p. 21); giggles whenever she finds out something personal about him (#1c, p. 76); brings a guy from another school to senior prom (#1c, p. 156) Lauren (#15: Simply Alice): one of Les’s adjunct philosophy professors; few years older than Les; start casually dating in 1st year of grad school, he starts falling for her later in year; 130 lbs., nicely stacked, intelligent, brown hair, small waist, broad hips, more handsome than pretty, same height as Lester; usually eats lunch in faculty dining room; Les introduces her to his family a Sunday in spring; graduated from Ohio State, originally from Tenn.; lives in off-campus garden apt., ground floor; on evening of A’s last day of 9th grade, she calls him and breaks it off (p. 190), upset over the flack she’s been getting from her colleagues over dating not just a student, but her student; teaches courses that summer and Les taking a summer course, but his courses w/her are over (p. 194); has him arrested when she finds him in her apt. as he’s returning her house key, dating physics professor by then (pp. 202–207); in hindsight, Les sees her as fickle (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 17); gave him an extra-long creamy beige cashmere scarf as a gift that he likes and still has (#21: Almost Alice, p. 20) Maxine (“Maxie”) (#16: Patiently Alice): Lester’s wild crush in 2nd grade; little, dark hair; kept her size 6 Buster Brown cotton undies with lace-trimmed legs when he was too shy and embarrassed to return them (chap. 17) Mecuri, Eva (#12: A on the Outside): the new girl Les is dating by April of A’s 8th-grade year; beautiful, tall, very slim, pale and creamy skin, dark almond-shaped eyes, black hair in bob cut, nicely arched eyebrows, heart-shaped mouth, heavily made-up; very glamorous and concerned w/appearances, artificial, snobby, demanding; cosmetics rep; at NY conference for 3 of the days during Les’s trip to Colorado; plays tennis; lives in an apartment; Les breaks up w/her in August before A’s 9th-grade year (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 195) Miller, Amy (#1a: Starting with Alice): Lester’s girlfriend in Chicago Mullins, Caroline (#1a: Starting with Alice): a girl whom Lester once kissed playing spin the bottle Shane, Lisa (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): girl in Les’s history class in 11th grade; they work on a biography together (p. 16); he likes her; cheerleader; soccer player; she works at Borders; he gets in trouble for staying out too late on the night of Valentine’s Day when he drives her home from work and gives her a box of chocolates; father is a banker, mother a professor; she has a car; she’s Les’s girlfriend by book #1c, in his senior year, though Alice thinks he likes her more than she likes him (Lovingly Alice, p. 11); she doesn’t celebrate Christmas (#1c, p. 45); she and Les celebrate V Day early in his senior year, not on that evening, with him giving her a present (#1c, p. 74); she’s his senior prom date (#1c, p. 86); very attractive (#1c, p. 156)
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Stevens, Josephine (#5: All But Alice): Lester’s 5th-grade girlfriend Yen, Kay (#24: Incredibly Alice): casually dates Kay in the 2nd semester of Alice’s senior year from February to April, until she shows up in the middle of the McKinleys’ Easter dinner on 4/24 to explain that she and James might just work out after all (for more details on Kay, see her listing under “Melody Inn Staff”) 7. Parents & Relatives of Friends/Peers Beachy, Marlene (#1a: Starting with Alice): Megan’s little sister; nosy, bratty; in May of her sister’s 5th-grade year, has an operation to remove a kidney tumor (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 137); she recovers just fine Beachy, Mr. (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): Megan’s dad Beachy, Mrs. (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): Megan’s mom Brennan, Avis (#19: Alice in the Know): one of Molly’s older sisters, lives in Calif.; visits her sick sister in August (p. 129) Brennan, Joan (#19: Alice in the Know): one of Molly’s older sisters, lives in Oregon; visits her sick sister for the whole month of September (p. 129) Brennan, Mr. (#19: Alice in the Know): Molly’s dad; five daughters; large, Irish-looking (p. 129) Brennan, Mrs. (#19: Alice in the Know): Molly’s mom; five daughters; small and dark (pp. 68, 129) Bul Dau, Geri (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 58): Daniel’s older brother by 5 years; attending George Washington U on a scholarship; wants to be a lawyer and return to Sudan to help the people—actually, has to return as part of the agreement (p. 210); just as thin as his brother with cheekbones equally prominent, but 4 inches taller and even darker skin (p. 207); moved to refugee camp from his village when he was 9 (so Daniel was only 4) (p. 212) Collier, Mr.: career officer in the navy who then retired and got rich working as a partner in his father’s real estate firm, Collier and Sons (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 196); it was his grandfather, though, who was loaded; wants a grandson to take over the business (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 63); they have a summer place at Hilton Head (#24, p. 163) Collier, Mrs.: Justin’s mother; supposedly hates Jill and calls her “GDJ”—Gold Digger Jill (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 210) Evans, Bev (#1a: Starting with Alice): Sara’s mother; thin face like her daughter; delivered her youngest child at home in the middle of the night (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 141) Evans, Gayle (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of Sara’s sisters Evans, Melody (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of Sara’s sisters Evans, Stephanie (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of Sara’s sisters Evans, Mr. (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): Sara’s father; works for a company Jones, Mr. Bill (#4: Reluctantly Alice): Pamela’s father; slim (#25: Alice on Board, p. 157), very tall, pockmarked face from early acne, but ruggedly handsome (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 163); mustache (#25, p. 157); jogs; subscribes to Playboy; hair thinning on top; two living parents; smokes (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 82); fears his daughter is turning into her mother (#13: The Grooming of Alice, pp. 78, 178); doesn’t want her to move to Colorado; dating a nurse by winter of Pam’s 9th grade (#15: Simply Alice, p. 72), still doesn’t want his wife back (#15: Simply Alice, p. 185); still seeing the nurse that summer (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 204), but it’s over by spring of sophomore year and Pam says he hasn’t dated in a while (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 175); we learn his first name in book #16: Patiently Alice (p. 205); still livid with his wife when she returns to town in book #16: Patiently Alice, tries to throw her out of the house when she sneaks in to talk to Pam; prejudiced (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 149; #19: Alice in the Know, pp. 161, 182, 226); it’s back on with the nurse, Meredith, by July of prejunior-year summer, Pam suspects they might marry (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 71); drives a
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minivan (#19, p. 160); takes the three girls to the beach, with Meredith, in late August, where they get engaged after 1.5 years dating, with two breakups along the way (#19, pp. 179, 183); still no wedding date by the following Dec., Pam thinks it’s because they get along better when they see each other only three times a week or so (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 263); works till six o’clock (#21: Almost Alice, p. 82); by November of Pam’s sr. year, she thinks they haven’t set a date because they’re just waiting for her to go off to college so they can have the house to themselves, feels certain he’s not carrying a torch for his ex (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 197); the following summer, she still thinks Meredith will move in once she’s gone, and if they do ever marry, her mother will be the last to know (#25: Alice on Board, p. 132); he takes his fiancée on Pam’s cruise the 2nd week of July, at a huge discount (#25, p. 147); room 218, lounge deck (#25, p. 156); marriage to Meredith going well when Pam is in her early 30s (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 343) Jones, Mrs. Sherry Conners (#2: The Agony of Alice; given first and maiden names in #25: Alice on Board, pp. 156, 161): Pamela’s mother; petite/tiny, silky blond shoulder-length hair (#9: Alice in Lace); high, tinkly laugh (#25, p. 159); a nudist, along with her husband (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 82); takes a slimnastics class (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 59); separates from her husband in early Nov. 1993, she’s the one to leave, she and her husband not speaking before she moves out to her own apt. (#10: Outrageously Alice, pp. 56, 57, 61, 96); new boyfriend: 4 years younger, sells NordicTrack, met at gym, Pamela hates him (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 36); after a fight with him she considers going back home but Mr. Jones doesn’t want her back and they make up anyway (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 111); in Las Vegas w/boyfriend during Pam’s 8th-grade semi-formal (#12: A on the Outside, p. 154); she’s been getting in shape (#13: The Grooming of Alice, p. 11); the two move to 1-bedroom apt. in Colorado, open a ski shop (#13: The Grooming of Alice, pp. 4, 178, 180); calls Pamela every Sunday afternoon (#14: Alice Alone, p. 67); by May of P’s freshman year, she left Nordic guy, moved in with another who left her, and she’s written to her husband saying she wants to come back (#15: Simply Alice, p. 185); when she returns to town for a visit in late July/early August before Pam’s sophomore year, she looks older than Alice remembered her (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 205); moves back permanently and leases and 2-bedroom apt. in Wheaton (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 208), in multi-building Glenmont Apartments complex, 2nd floor, backs to woods (#18: Alice on Her Way, pp. 64–65), which she decorates in 1950s art deco, with metal turquoise dinette set (#17: Including Alice, p. 200), mixed with Crate and Barrel, in taupe, white, peach (#18, p. 65); gets a job at Nordstrom; has been drinking of late—in fact, Pam noticed it in Colorado (#17, pp. 120, 265); has a cell phone (#17, p. 191); dresses sexy (#17, p. 191), too young, in trendy clothes (#18, p. 64); buys Pam dress w/employee discount for dance, bribes her to come over for it (#18, p. 62); impulsive (#18, p. 175); chaperones on NYC trip, where Pam does her best to avoid her; Alice notices how fidgety/nervous she seems (#18, p. 214); on medication for anxiety attacks by April—getting prescription filled is what delayed the buses’ departure from New York (#18, p. 236); seeing a therapist by May (#18, p. 286); still working at Nordstrom, in Montgomery Mall, in May of Pam’s jr. year, works Thursdays, in career wear dept. (#21: Almost Alice, pp. 245, 246); has a male gynecologist (#21, p. 259); favorite thing about her job is the clothes; Pam thinks she’s had a few dates with a manager from another Nordstrom, has some friends (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 178); by fall of Pam’s senior year, she’s hitting it off with this manager (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 197); but by June, the romance with George isn’t as serious as she’d hoped and Pam suspects she’s drinking again after she took a fall at her apartment (#25: Alice on Board, p. 37); shows up on cruise 2nd week in July—Pam thinks she found out Dad would be there too from a friend of hers who works at same hospital as Meredith (#25, pp. 160, 162); in room 311 (Chesapeake deck) (#25, p. 167); crew gives her code name “Flotsam” for the
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cruise (#25, p. 171); kicked off cruise Friday morning after Thursday night’s incident; Monday after Pam gets home from summer job, she gets in a car accident that results in an overnight hospital stay (#25, p. 255), claims she nodded off and drove into a ditch, car gets impounded (p. 260); has been to AA before, Pam hopes to get her there again (p. 278); still in recovery, attends AA when Pam is ~30 (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 343) Long, Mr. (#3: Alice in Rapture): Patrick’s father; tall, red hair with gray at the sides; well off; foreign diplomat for State Dept.; belongs to a country club; drives a large silver car; seems to be considering retiring from the foreign service by spring semester of Patrick’s last year of high school (#21: Almost Alice, p. 204); has a brother who has a house on a lake in Wisconsin (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 106), where they move; in book #26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, he starts aging prematurely due to early-onset Parkinson’s (p. 374); likes Belgian waffles (p. 415); shortly after his wife’s death, he moves in with Alice & Patrick in their family room outfitted for his care (p. 407), but is eventually transferred to a home when he needs more attention after falling and breaking a hip (p. 417); dies in his sleep, not unexpectedly, around 3 months after family returns from spring break in London (so at end of Patricia’s junior year of high school) (p. 457) Long, Mrs. Virginia (#3: Alice in Rapture; first name: #26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 262): Patrick’s mother; beautiful, thin nose, great teeth, slim, elegant, charming; not the hugging type, and yet warm and kind; has a flower garden; ravishing redhead when young; drives a silver Oldsmobile (#21: Almost Alice, p. 112); has a Ph.D., used to be a college administrator (#21, p. 266); former member of Republican Women’s Club, where she met Edith Stedmeister (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 262); in favor of Alice and Patrick’s marriage, flies in for wedding shower, attends her promotion party, where she gifts her with the bracelet Patrick tried to give her when they were 12 (p. 374); dies unexpectedly when an embolism develops after hip surgery, a few weeks before Patrick & family were due back from Barcelona (p. 405) Lynch, Mrs. (#21: Almost Alice, p. 21): Scott’s mom Mayer, Martha (#18: Alice on Her Way): Sam’s mom; freelance photographer for several weeklies (p. 18); rather short and stout (p. 87); separated from Sam’s dad for a long time, but never divorced (p. 95); plays the role of very official and formal waitress for the pre-dance dinner she hosts for the kids (chap. 8); good cook; there are hints throughout book #18 that she’s a little too involved in her son’s personal life, per Jennifer’s and Alice’s experiences (p. 94) Mercer, Meredith (#19: Alice in the Know; gets last name in #25: Alice on Board, p. 161): Mr. Jones’s girlfriend, then fiancée, first introduced by name on p. 93; direct/to the point; plain-, healthy-looking, long brown hair, no visible makeup, nice figure (p. 163); nurse at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, orthopedic ward (p. 181); works 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. shift, Pam thinks (p. 94); drives a green Honda (p. 160), with white crocheted cross hanging from rearview mirror, odds and ends in console (#25: Alice on Board, p. 257); Orioles fan (p. 170); small diamond engagement ring (p. 179); not much shorter than her “very tall” boyfriend (#25, p. 157) Osler, Mr. (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 217): Tony’s dad; had dreams of him becoming a star athlete, has to settle for sports writer; was Big Man on Campus when young, encourages his son to be the same way; drives a Buick LaSabre Osler, Mrs. (#20, Dangerously Alice, p. 213): Doesn’t appear in the book, only mentioned Price, Mr. Fred (#9: Alice in Lace): Elizabeth’s father; same dark hair as his daughter, only starting to bald in back by the time she graduates high school (#25: Alice on Board, p. 243) Price, Mrs. Janet (#2: The Agony of Alice; first name first given in #21: Almost Alice, p. 175): Elizabeth’s mom; slim, dark hair and eyes; very domestic: cooks, sews, knits; particular and neat, but it’s not her influence that has made Elizabeth so uptight; pregnant w/Nathan by
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winter of E’s 7th grade (#5: All But Alice, p. 56), baby expected end of next October (#6: Alice in April, p. 3), starts to show in April (#6: Alice in April, p. 85); still has morning sickness late in her pregnancy (#8: Alice the Brave, p. 9); 9th month of pregnancy by start of book #9: Alice in Lace (she’s huge, p. 15); delivers the baby a week early by end of book #9: Alice in Lace (pp. 131–139), Lester drove to hospital since Mr. Price was out buying mulch at Home Depot and left cell phone on counter; knew it was a boy from sonogram; drives the family’s Oldsmobile (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 158); walks on eggshells with Liz once her daughter gets argumentative with her and her husband; has a cell phone (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 138) Price, Nathan Paul (“Nate”) (#9: Alice in Lace): Elizabeth’s baby brother, not particularly planned; born in mid-October 1993 (in E’s 8th-grade year) at Holy Cross in about 3 1/4 hours (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 131–139); black hair; colic in winter of 1994 (#11: Achingly Alice, p. 113); teething in May of 1994 (#12: A on the Outside, p. 159); he knows Pam and Alice, since they play with him when they’re over; toddling about at 16 months; calls Alice “I-yah” (#15: Simply Alice, p. 18); his favorite game is “bear and bunny” (#17: Including Alice, p. 187); loves to play a version of peekaboo w/Alice when she comes over (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 140); loses his first tooth when Liz is working aboard Seascape (#25: Alice on Board, p. 244); 10 years old on his sister’s wedding day (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 246) Rodriquez, Bill/Billy (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of the members of Lester’s combo; plays guitar; Rosalind’s older brother; a year ahead of Lester in school, though same age (17 in book #1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 14); still playing music and hoping to go pro by book #17: Including Alice; in a band that plays around town on weekends; birthday is around October 10th (pp. 31–32); comes to Les’s surprise 24th b-day party (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 249) Rodriquez, Mr. (#1a: Starting with Alice): Rosalind’s dad; allergic to cats and dogs Rodriquez, Mrs. (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): Rosalind’s stepmother—she and her stepdaughter look alike, both round, rather large (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 10); smiles a lot (#1b, p. 129) Sheavers, Harriet (#1a: Starting with Alice; first name first used in #1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 47): Donald’s mother; next-door neighbor in Takoma Park; talks loudly and fast; plays the ukulele; separated from her husband, who now lives in Denver, ever since Donald was little (#1a, pp. 10, 14ff.; #1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 24, 48); divorced by book #1b (p. 20); seems to have a crush on Dad (#1a: Starting with Alice, p. 153), evident by book #1b; reddish hair (#1b, p. 22), still interested in him the following fall (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 24); works part-time at hair salon (#1c, p. 5) Sheldon, Mrs.: Amy’s mother; drives a silver Volvo (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 228) Shoates, Marsha (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 223): Jennifer’s mother; short, stocky; comes to class to complain about her daughter’s assignment; when the decision doesn’t go her way, she threatens to pull her daughter out of the public school system and homeschool her Stedmeister, Mr. Ed (#8: Alice the Brave; first name: #26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 261): Mark’s dad; short, pudgy, and dumpy (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 231); he and his wife are older than most of the other parents (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 2); loves fireworks (#22, p. 53), 27-year wedding anniversary on July 4th before 12th grade (#22, p. 53); used to work on cars with Mark in driveway (#26, p. 264) Stedmeister, Mrs. Edith (#8: Alice the Brave; first name: #26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 262): Mark’s mom; tall, thin, angular face, short salt-and-pepper hair (almost all white by #26, p. 230); both she and her husband seem happy to have the gang use their home as a hangout— they don’t usually make appearances to check up on things, but in August, she has to lay down the law: no pot or booze at their house (#19: Alice in the Know, pp. 150–151); generous (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 51), shy, soft voice (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p.
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263); friends with Mrs. Long even before they knew they had boys the same age, met at Republican Women’s Club (#26, p. 262); throws Alice’s wedding shower, old-fashioned Verona, Mrs. (#15: Simply Alice): Charlene’s mother; thin redhead; used to be in college plays; stage mother Wheeler, Bill (#21: Almost Alice, p. 156): one of Gwen’s two older brothers (younger than Les); attends college near home, since he still lives there; has his own car (#21, p. 232); girlfriend named Deena (#21, p. 163); mentioned earlier in series, but first gets a name in Almost Alice Wheeler, Granny: Has her own little apartment at the back of the Wheeler house (#21: Almost Alice, p. 156); wears glasses (#21, p. 157); for further details, see Gwen’s “Family Life” section above Wheeler, Jerome (“Jerry”) (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 114): the other of Gwen’s two older brothers (younger than Les); drives a two-seater sports car; also attends college near home, still lives there Wheeler, Mr. (#16: Patiently Alice): Gwen’s dad; strict and protective: wants her to call home every weekend from camp (#16, p. 22); tall; computer software designer (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 228); would prefer his daughter to date within her own race (#21: Almost Alice, p. 159); heavy sleeper (#21, p. 162) Wheeler, Mrs. (#16: Patiently Alice): Gwen’s mother; short, like her daughter, hair in a well-shaped Afro; lawyer for the Justice Dept. (#16, p. 22), works long hours, sometimes on Sat. too (#21: Almost Alice, p. 157); dimples; wears tailored suits to work, jeans and T-shirts at home (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 225) 8. Miscellaneous Abe (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 100): Patrick’s summer school roommate; large, dark hair, thick eyebrows; suffers from migraines after exams, last for a day or two Adam (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 104): friend of Patrick’s at college; met in his sociology class that first summer; also a freshman Albert (#13: The Grooming of Alice): Gwen’s “Uncle Ugly” or “Uggie” but so much fun; gets a new car, reckless driver (#21: Almost Alice, p. 157) Amanda (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 225): girl Patrick fell for in Barcelona Ann (#19: Alice in the Know): four-year Hecht’s employee (in evening wear) who befriends Alice on her first day; pretty, blond, in her 20s; prejudiced (p. 11) Anne (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 72): Carol’s maid of honor; funny Anselmino, Mr. (#25: Alice on Board, p. 58): nice, funny, neat passenger aboard Seascape Anselmino, Mrs. (#25: Alice on Board, p. 58): wife of one of the couples Alice cleans for aboard Seascape; short, round, dark curls encircle her face Antony (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 269): friend of Pam’s from theater arts school, who later works at and gets them into the Source nightclub in D.C. the night of Alice’s bridal shower Ape (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of the members of Lester’s combo Becky (#17: Including Alice): the five-year-old child to whom Alice donates a Christmas present—a stuffed monkey that reminds her of her own—after choosing her letter from the bank’s needy-child tree (p. 246) Becky (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 72): one of Carol’s bridesmaids; spontaneous Bennett, Father (#21: Almost Alice, p. 106): David’s priest back home in New Hampshire Benton, Mrs. (#3: Alice in Rapture): lives on the next block; hires A to baby-sit her 3-year-old son, Jimmy, on Tues. & Thurs. afternoons Bernie (#1a: Starting with Alice): Donald’s uncle; plays the trumpet
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Bernie (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 420): one of Tyler’s friends when he’s 12 Beth (#20: Dangerously Alice): friend of Sylvia’s, fellow teacher at her school; Annabelle’s original owner; has several back surgeries, so can’t keep the cat (p. 45) Betsy (#3: Alice in Rapture): Elizabeth’s aunt Beverly, R. B. (#6: Alice in April): internist in Silver Spring who gives A her first real checkup; wife and two daughters, aged 9 and 11 (when Alice is 12), both into soccer; very nice; family doctor by book #10: Outrageously Alice; performs A’s annual summer checkup in book #16: Patiently Alice Bill (#18: Alice on Her Way): guy from Brooklyn who’s the first contestant in the underwear party at the club in New York (p. 207 Bill (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 213): one of Keeno’s schoolmates Blake (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 68): clarinet player in Jared’s band Blake, Ron (“The Corporal”) (#15: Simply Alice): Faith’s boyfriend, very possessive; sends her roses on Valentine’s Day; still possessive and abusive in book #18 (Alice on Her Way), tests her at Jack of Hearts dance (p. 124); Alice thinks he’s out of school, works in the mornings; couldn’t get the money to accompany Faith on the school trip (#18, p. 177); he thinks Faith likes Harry (#18, p. 178); drives a Toyota (#18, p. 242); arrested on assault charges after injuring her (#18, p. 246); as a result, he’s fined, has to pay her dental expenses, and attends an anger management course (#18, p. 263) Bob (#13: The Grooming of Alice): Pamela’s cousin Bolden, Doris (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 49): Pamela’s fellow cabin counselor at Camp Overlook; African American, skin the color of nutmeg; has a bed-wetter in her group; plans to remain a virgin until marriage; her “condom-throwing wish” is to get through geometry next year; well liked by the girls; on probation after the incident with Virginia Bowers, Stephanie (“Steph”) (#25: Alice on Board, p. 20): cruise director; fired as assistant cruise director from a Dutch line in Jacksonville several years earlier for having an affair with a customer; late 30s or 40, gorgeous, shoulder-length brown hair with golden streaks, shapely legs, high cheekbones, and expressive eyes, but facial skin looks older; rumored to have broken up three marriages: her own, a deckhand’s, and the aforementioned passenger’s; Alice grows to respect her because she deals with things well Boyce, Andrea (“Andy”) (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 17): late 20s, her very deep (but sultry) voice made Les think she was a man at first, purple streak in long copper hair, red-framed glasses, wide face; his and Paul’s new roommate; comes to look at the apt. on Sunday, January 9, moved in by Tuesday, January 11; worked in a nursing home one summer, so doesn’t have a problem helping Mr. Watts; pretty assertive—announces more than asks; frugal, reclusive, pushy; claims she’s a grad student and a tutor, but seems like she’s turning tricks in the apartment—turns out she’s just a ghostwriter for university students; moves out without a word on the morning of May 22 after Les tried to talk to her about it the night before Bud (#13: The Grooming of Alice): one of Lester’s friends Burns, Mr. (#25: Alice on Board, p. 263): from the Basswood Conference Center; Les’s hopeful new employer Butler, Emma (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 389): Nicole’s mother and co-chair of the Tell the Truth movement; also has a younger son Butler, Nicole (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 384): one of the students Alice counsels with whom she doesn’t succeed Camfield, Sergeant (#19: Alice in the Know): the Montgomery County police officer who trains employees at Hecht’s on shoplifting; sturdy brunette, plucked eyebrows (p. 72) Carey, Danny (#10: Outrageously Alice): Peter’s younger brother, 4 years older than Alice, her escort partner in the wedding; picks her up for rehearsal dinner; handsome; senior in high
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school in NJ, applied to 7 colleges, wants to go into engineering; drinks too much beer at the reception Carey, Jeremy (#18: Alice on Her Way): Crystal and Peter’s son; about 18 months old in June of A’s sophomore year (p. 308) Carey, Mr. (#10: Outrageously Alice): Peter’s father; drives Alice home after wedding rehearsal Carey, Mrs. (#10: Outrageously Alice): Peter’s mother Carey, Peter (#9: Alice in Lace): Crystal’s husband; went to high school together, then his family moved away; he returned to town 6 weeks before they got engaged, were in the same choral group, had a whirlwind romance, and then he proposed; nice; has a younger brother Carlo (#25: Alice on Board, p. 80): chef aboard the Seascape Carpenter, Douglas (“Doug”) (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 60): creepy man who sits next to Alice on the United flight to O’Hare; middle-aged, balding, little chunky; flies a lot Charlie (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 73): Anne’s neighbor, an ex-Marine, drives an SUV; the ladies hire him to be their designated driver for the bachelorette party; large, good-natured Charlie (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 236): Gwen’s husband (for details, see her “Love Life” section above) Charmaine (#14: Alice Alone): one of the 3 female offenders (shoplifting) who has Thanksgiving w/McKinleys; all 3 looking for work, CCFO got them jobs in warehouse for now; African American, blue jersey dress; most motherly of the 3 Cheryl (#19: Alice in the Know): Dr. Wiley’s receptionist (p. 49) Christopher (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 85): the down-and-out guy at Eugene’s Saturday Market that Alice and Abby both give some money to so he can get home to Seattle … only when he shows up later still in town, they learn he was just conning them; shows up rafting on river at end of their stay too Collier, Mrs. (#25: Alice on Board, p. 59): passenger aboard Seascape on Chesapeake deck who accuses Alice of stealing her watch; married to Gordon; cold gray eyes, thin brunette Connie (#19: Alice in the Know): friend of Sylvia’s with whom she plays tennis (p. 144) Connie (#21: Almost Alice, p. 49): David Reilly’s girlfriend back in New Hampshire; pretty; an inch taller than him, probably smarter; she and David broke up once already, now she’s pushing him to make a decision about entering the priesthood Crawley, Ed (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 53): foreman at Alice’s summer temp job as flag girl on highway in Gaithersburg Danny (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 147): one of the student volunteers at People Care; Jewish Deena (#21: Almost Alice, p. 163): Bill Wheeler’s girlfriend Dennis (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 154): one of the People Care soup kitchen’s customers Dianne (#10: Outrageously Alice): winner of sensuality quiz at Crystal’s shower, with 140 points Dianne (#25: Alice on Board, p. 8): Quinton’s wife; both purser and housemother aboard Seascape; short, with curly hair and a bouncy step; from Maine Donovan, Bill (#7: Alice In-Between): 37-year-old on the train to Chicago who hits on Pamela; sells uniforms and sports equipment to schools Dooley, Elijah David (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): Mr. Dooley’s newborn son, first child; 7 lbs., 10 oz., brown hair, blue eyes; Alice gets to burp him in the library after school the day before 4th grade lets out Dooley, Mrs. (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): Mr. Dooley’s wife; small woman; blue eyes Dorothy (#25: Alice on Board, p. 260): a friend of Pam’s mom Ed (#19: Alice in the Know): friend of Sylvia’s, Julie’s doubles tennis partner (p. 144) Eddie (#2: The Agony of Alice): cheerful porter on the train; black; four kids, oldest A’s age Eddie (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 172): a People Care regular Eddy, Mr. (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 469): father of one of Tyler’s high school friends
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Edwards, Mrs. (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 96): nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood in OR Eggers, Gerald (“G. E,”) (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 50): one of the six male asst. counselors at Camp Overlook; 15 years old; shaped like a lightbulb; very nice voice; wants to work with kids: pediatrician or teacher; likes Alice; not lucky with girls; sings bass in madrigals at school; tells her in a postcamp e-mail that he plans to audition to be a reader for Books for the Blind and possibly major in broadcast journalism Eggleston, Mrs. (#3: Alice in Rapture): next-door neighbor in Silver Spring; has a poodle; takes care of Alice one day out of the blue when she gets very sick (pp. 149–151) Elaine (#1c: Lovingly Alice, p. 22): Dad’s date to the symphony; nice, average build, divorced, has kids in school (p. 23); doesn’t believe in candy (#1c, p. 22); their relationship doesn’t go any further than the night of Christmas, when Ben’s gift to her evidently disappoints her expensive taste (p. 49) Emily(#25: Alice on Board, p. 5): cabinmate aboard Seascape; tall (about 6 inches taller than Alice), with freckles all over face and body; worked for Quinton before a couple years ago, so not a novice crew member; worked in a craft store; divorced parents Emma (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 443): one of Patricia’s friends when she’s in high school Estelle (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 25): one of Alice’s charges at Camp Overlook; Latino; troublemaker; long black hair; says prayers at night; gets attached to Gwen; picked up by her sister Estelle (#19: Alice in the Know): Hecht’s employee in women’s dept. (p. 9) Ethan (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 386): Nicole Butler’s boyfriend Everett, Brin (#17: Including Alice): Mr. Everett’s wife; couldn’t come to Sylvia’s wedding because their three-year-old daughter had a fever (p. 101) Flavian (#25: Alice on Board, p. 18): fellow crew member aboard Seascape; talkative, dark good looks, olive skin, light stubble Fran (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 104): friend of Patrick’s at college; met in his sociology class that first summer; calls him “Pat”; blue eyes; natural look—no makeup, simple clothes, casual hairstyle; also a freshman Francis (#16: Patiently Alice): Alice and Dad’s singing waiter at Carmen’s; tall, dark hair, thin mustache, handsome, great voice Frank (#16: Patiently Alice): clerk at the drugstore on Georgia Ave.; thin face; in his twenties Frank (#25: Alice on Board, p. 21): engineer of the Seascape; middle-aged—60-something, bald, wears glasses Freeman, Dr. (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 337): the Long children’s pediatrician Garcia, Dr. (#13: The Grooming of Alice): cardiologist at Suburban Gary (#13: The Grooming of Alice): one of Lester’s friends, for 3 years; audiovisual technician; on a frequent-flier plan George (#25: Alice on Board, p. 38): manager at Nordstrom who Mrs. Jones was casually dating during Pam’s senior year Ginger (#14: Alice Alone): one of the 3 female offenders (shoplifting) who has Thanksgiving w/McKinleys; all 3 looking for work, CCFO got them jobs in warehouse for now; zebra-skin coat, 5-inch heels, made-up, lots of jewelry; youngest of the 3; all from bad homes Gladys, Mrs. (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 147): runs People Care in Silver Spring; gray curls, wide round face, violet eyes Gordon (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 152): one of the regular frequenters of People Care, one leg amputated, uses a crutch Gordon, Christin (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 425): one of Patricia’s friends when she’s 15; father named Tom
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Grafton, Jack (#13: The Grooming of Alice): one of Lester’s friends; not like him: very shy, uncomfortable; a year younger than Les; cute, blond hair, square face, touch of a beard rimming his jaw Gray, Gerald (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 180): the man who changes the girls’ flat tire on Route 1 outside Carmel when they take their CA trip summer before senior year of college; 50ish, married, drives van, retired school principal Gretchen (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 93): Christopher’s date at Moroccan restaurant Grinley, Dr. (#25: Alice on Board, p. 114): the young doctor at Norfolk hospital who treats Elizabeth after her bee sting; looks good in his designer frames, green eyes like shamrocks Haggerty, Captain Joseph (#25: Alice on Board, p. 38): captain of the Seascape; about 5’10”, late 40s, little cocky; this is his first time cruising the Chesapeake Bay Hall, Betsy (#10: Outrageously Alice): Crystal’s maid of honor; hosts bridal shower Harding, Officer (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 468): policeman who calls to inform Alice why Tyler isn’t home from party his sophomore year Harkins, Mr. (#10: Outrageously Alice): Crystal’s father, gives her away at wedding Harkins, Mrs. (#10: Outrageously Alice): Crystal’s mother; orchestrates the wedding rehearsal Harrigan, Jack (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 32): assistant director of Camp Overlook; as tall as Connie is short, thin Harrigan, Richard (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 32): Jack’s son; fellow asst. counselor at Camp Overlook (his 2nd stint); 17 years old; acne-scarred face but still cute, warm smile; tall and lanky, like his father; very long neck; the kids love him; particularly nice and attentive to Alice, though nothing develops between them Harris, William (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 501): Pam’s late-in-life husband (for more details, see her “Love Life” section above) Haskell, John (#6: Alice in April): employee of R. B. Roofing Heather (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 72): one of Carol’s bridesmaids; warm and friendly Hedges, Mr. Charles (#14: Alice Alone): Elizabeth’s new piano teacher, the best in Silver Spring Helene (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 361): IBM colleague who’s sweet on Patrick—his only serious temptation throughout his marriage; ash blond hair, bustier than Alice, great legs, not beautiful but certainly attractive; slight accent; eventually takes job with AMOCO in Dallas while Long family is in Barcelona (p. 402) Hensley, Mrs. (#13: The Grooming of Alice): candy-striper supervisor Houghton, Kenny (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 140): Stacy’s brother; short; gives first toast at his sister’s wedding Huang, James (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 16): the man Kay’s parents want her to marry; comes to the States from China for a months-long consulting job for a networking firm in January 2011 to meet her; stays at a hotel (p. 66); due to depart in April (p. 122); he and Kay start dating for real in late April Isacoff, Curtis (#25: Alice on Board, p. 19): deckhand aboard Seascape; married; large bladder; holds a grudge against Stephanie for breaking up his friend’s marriage; tattoo of snake and flag on left arm Jake (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 213): one of Keeno’s friends from school, who shows up uninvited with some other guys to the party in Les’s backyard when he spots Keeno’s car at the curb Jake (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 38): classmate of Pam’s, wants to go into repertory theater; weird and passionate; she’s been sleeping with him Jayne (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 78): Abby’s aunt; catering business in Eugene, OR; Alice’s boss and host the summer after her sophomore year; has a springer spaniel named Spirit, a canary, drives a minivan, lives on dead-end street, top of hill, steep driveway,
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vegetable garden in front yard; looks like product of the ’60s, angular face, no makeup, deepset gray eyes, graying bangs, girlish smile; divorced since Abby was little, 50ish Jeffers, Sharon (#1b: Alice in Blunderland, pp. 110–111): customer of the Melody Inn with whom Ben went to a play in the winter of A’s 4th-grade year and who then gave him a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day Jergens, Mr. (#25: Alice on Board, p. 26): one of the passengers on Seascape’s first outing; wife allergic to smoke; on main deck Jerry (#19: Alice in the Know): guy on Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, works at fudge shop; from NJ, gets a job at the beach here every year; girlfriend works at the sandal shop (p. 176); recruits the girls to play beach volleyball Jessica (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 77): Patrick’s classmate from Barcelona, the one who’d gotten him interested in the Peace Corps; also assigned to Madagascar while he’s there, but in a different village; resembles Alice, but a little heavier; liked her a lot at first, but then didn’t like her paternalistic attitude toward the natives; they argued a lot—both control freaks; she falls for another volunteer, making the breakup easier Joan (#10: Outrageously Alice): the Fantasy Creations representative at Crystal’s shower Joan (#17: Including Alice, p. 271): George Palamas’s girlfriend and/or date for New Year’s Eve; turns out she’s his fiancée (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 120) Joan (#19: Alice in the Know): Dr. Wiley’s assistant (p. 49) Joan (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 45): Friend of Carol’s who can’t be a bridesmaid in her wedding party because she has bad morning sickness at five weeks pregnant with her first child John (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 104): friend of Patrick’s at college; met in his sociology class that first summer; a sophomore to his freshman Johnson, Rodney (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 250): the truck driver who hits and kills Mark; 67; wasn’t intoxicated Jon (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 464): brother of Tyler’s girlfriend; on basketball team, drives, doesn’t drink or smoke Jonah (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 141): Patrick’s roommate in his freshman year; has a sister who gave him a plant for their suite Josephine (“Josie”) (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 25): the smallest of Alice’s charges at Camp Overlook and one of the two white kids in her bunch; eight years old; small narrow face; takes on the “baby” role; likes only fried chicken; was born a “premie”; Mary’s younger sister; says prayers at night Josh (#25: Alice on Board, p. 3): deckhand aboard the Seascape; has worked on ships before, with Frank Joyce (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 122): colleague of Sylvia who attends Millie’s retirement dinner and helps her with Beth Juanita (#19: Alice in the Know): dept. manager in misses’ sportswear at Hecht’s; short, 40ish, long shiny blue-black hair (p. 74); 2-week vacation to Puerto Rico planned for Sept. (p. 121) Judith (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 116): W&M student Alice meets in the cafeteria when she’s touring the college; short dark curly hair, dark intense eyes; works in the caf on Saturdays; shares a suite with three other roommates (both sexes); has a boyfriend Judith (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 117): one of Kay’s friends, comes to Les’s apt. with her one Friday night in February; has canoed with Kay on the Potomac Julia (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 47): one of Marilyn’s friends, at her baby shower Julie (#19: Alice in the Know): friend of Sylvia’s, Ed’s doubles tennis partner (p. 144) Jurgis, Mr. (#25: Alice on Board, p. 127): passenger in stateroom 303 on 2nd cruise who exposes himself
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Katie (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 443): one of Patricia’s friends when she’s a high school senior Kendra (#21: Almost Alice, p. 211): Scott Lynch’s girlfriend; they’re pretty close by end of his senior year, she’s thinking of attending the college he’s going to (seems likely she goes to a different high school, but this isn’t specified) Kendrick, Connie (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 31): Camp Overlook’s director; short; curly hair; loud voice; radiates cheerfulness Kenny (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 272): Sue Yen’s boyfriend; red hair, reminds Alice of Patrick; works part-time at Hyatt Kent, Marsha (#13: The Grooming of Alice): author of “Do You Have Bedroom Eyes?” quiz Kevin (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 100): one of Patrick’s three summer school suite mates; rooms with Spence Kevin (#25: Alice on Board, p. 55): Natalie’s little brother; turns 10 in June Kim (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): a friend of Mickey Larson Kim (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 24): one of Alice’s charges at Camp Overlook; little, Korean; dropped off by her aunt; clingy, needs lots of assurance Kimball, Craig (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 22): fellow asst. counselor at Camp Overlook (his 2nd stint); 17 years old; very good-looking; cabin mate with Andy, group name the Buzzards; e-mail screen name “Muddybiker,” used to be “NearlyNaked” Kirby, Phil (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 307): reading teacher at Alice’s school years after she returns to work full-time who likes her; tall, more muscular than Patrick, former football player, gentle take-charge manner; spelunker Knott, Mr. (#25: Alice on Board, p. 25): one of the passengers on Seascape’s first outing; chubby; on Chesapeake deck Kroger, Frank (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 70): manager of the construction company the McKinleys are using for their remodeling project Lake, Helen (#4: Reluctantly Alice): the woman Dad meets at the beach house in book #3: Alice in Rapture; longtime friend of Janice Sherman Latisha (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 252): the oldest of Alice’s charges at Camp Overlook; African American; aloof, angry, verbally abusive; likes contact sports, where she can be aggressive; at home, her father hits her head when she shoots off her mouth; a male relative with a pickup picks her up after camp Lauren (#19: Alice in the Know): Hecht’s employee, in HR dept. (p. 8) Lauren (#25: Alice on Board, p. 6): cabinmate aboard Seascape; athletic build, older than Natalie; has worked as steward before; planned to work on Spellbound in fall, otherwise might move in with boyfriend Lee (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 117): one of Kay’s friends, comes to Les’s apt. with her one Friday night in February Lohman, Tommie (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 38): Elizabeth’s fellow cabin asst. counselor at Camp Overlook, in cabin eight; tall, thin, light brown hair; easygoing; she and Craig start to get close by camp’s end; her “condom-throwing wish” is to return to the camp one day Lois (#17: Including Alice): Sylvia’s college roommate (p. 52); lives in North Carolina (pp. 52, 129); drives in for the wedding, stays at Sylvia’s house; blond, close-cropped hair, great cheekbones, long legs (p. 65); used to double-date with Sylvia; has an old friend in MD who’s a store buyer for Hecht’s in Montgomery Mall (p. 129); went to a fraternity costume party with Sylvia, as Cleopatra (p. 136); leaves the dressed-up belly dancer (Sylvia’s costume) mannequin on Sylvia’s bed after the honeymoon (chap. 8) Lonnie (#19: Alice in the Know): the clerk who replaces Alice at Hecht’s (p. 202) Lou (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 56): bulldoze driver at Alice’s temp summer job
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Madeline, Sister (#12: A on the Outside): from Elizabeth’s church Mack (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 119): one of Judith’s roommates; knows computers Marcel (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 376): man the girls meet in New Orleans Marcie (#16: Patiently Alice): one of Elizabeth’s camp charges; freckles Marsha (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 97): one of the full counselors at Camp Overlook; relieves Alice and Gwen’s group the first Friday night Martin, Miss Jennifer (#19: Alice in the Know): Hecht’s personnel supervisor who hires Alice (p. 8) Martinez, Miss (#15: Simply Alice): interviewer of the 4 girls for Camp Overlook job Mary (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 25): Josephine’s older sister by two years (so she’s 10); Caucasian; round face; does all the talking for her little sister and is very protective of her; one of the two girls who most often tries to smuggle food into the cabin; they have a “Mama” and an uncle; their mother picks them up after camp Matilda (#17: Including Alice): name of a fictional counterspy in a story Otto Watts tells the girls, but she turns out to be someone’s dog (pp. 198, 210) Matthew (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 444): Tyler’s best friend his freshman year; has a foreign beer can collection he inherited from his uncle Mavis (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 148): one of the student volunteers at People Care; tall, lean, can-do attitude; not a church-goer, not a believer McCoy, Ken (#25: Alice on Board, p. 10): first mate aboard Seascape; good-natured, toothy, infectious laugh Melissa (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 422): one of Patricia’s friends when she’s 15; divorced parents Mike (#18: Alice on Her Way): works at Pizza Hut, gives Alice one of her birthday notes (p. 256) Millie (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 123): colleague of Sylvia who has her retirement dinner on the last Tuesday of November of A’s 11th-grade year Morris, Barry (#25: Alice on Board, p. 18): deckhand aboard Seascape, applied in November; has worked on ship before, once with Josh; loves the sun, likable, snores loudly Natalie (#25: Alice on Board, p. 5): cabinmate aboard Seascape; her first cruise job; long whiteblond hair she often wears in French braid; buys a pair of earrings in every port of call as souvenir of her summer; buys MD terrapin turtle in Crisfield for her brother Kevin’s 10th birthday present, Sunday in early June Natalie (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 134): flower girl at Les’s wedding; four-year-old daughter of Stacy’s maid of honor; brunette; a charmer but a chatterbox Necessary, Mr. (#18: Alice on Her Way): manager of restaurant in Bristol, TN, where McKinleys stopped for lunch on a trip to see Dad’s relatives (p. 1) Nick (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 403): Pamela’s longtime boyfriend; Alice first hears of him while she’s in Barcelona (at 39); New Yorker; suave, owns a men’s clothing store, they have a lot in common on the outside (style-conscious, both love NYC, trendy clubs and restaurants, neither wanted children, p. 474), but relationship eventually fizzles 10 years later for same reasons Alice and Dave’s did: not a lot going on under the surface, bored with each other, not enough to talk about Nolinstock, Mr. (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): bookkeeper Nolinstock, Mrs. (#1b: Alice in Blunderland): the woman Dad hires to be at the house Mon., Wed., and Fri. afternoons and on Saturdays, to supervise Alice and Les and to cook and clean (once summer vacation starts, she’s there for full days); tall, thin; gray-brown hair tied back; wrinkled around the eyes, bright pink face, straight mouth; dresses frumpy; Dad was referred to her by a male customer; good self-taught cook, whispers recipes aloud to herself when she’s cooking; no kids (though she wanted them) or pets, married; she works for them from
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mid-February of A’s 4th grade year until the end of that August—she and her husband move to Michigan that Sept.; A gives her a pot holder as a going-away present Ornosky, Rita (#25: Alice on Board, p. 263): employee at Basswood Conference Center Ortega, Joe (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 50): one of the six male asst. counselors at Camp Overlook; Latino; same height as Gwen (who’s short); most muscular guy at camp; Gwen likes him Paige (#25: Alice on Board, p. 144): Margaret Sanderson’s best friend, one of her “references” for consideration as Alice’s roommate Palamas, George (#16: Patiently Alice): Lester’s and Paul’s roommate in the Victorian; responsible; works for an insurance company; not sure he’ll stay at the apt. more than a year, so he takes one of the smaller bedrooms; majored in business; listens to Bach music (#17: Including Alice, p. 259); stocky (#17, p. 270); shorter than his roommates, dark hair, possibly Greek, knows Spanish (#21: Almost Alice, pp. 39, 43); getting married in September (of A’s sr. year) (#21, p. 102; #22: Intensely Alice, p. 190)—ends up being the weekend of October 23 actually (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 113); his book collection is limited to finance (#22, p. 193); sprained his ankle morning of his wedding, the guys bound him up, haven’t heard from him since he left for his honeymoon in Greece (#23, p. 211) Perona, Tom (#3: Alice in Rapture): attends St. Joseph’s at start of series; Elizabeth likes him during summer after 6th grade; then attends St. John’s (jr. high? #8: Alice the Brave, #9: Alice in Lace); the two get back together end of summer of 8th grade, but he two-times Elizabeth again with a girl from his school; gives his girlfriends ID bracelets Phil (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 89): one of the full counselors at Camp Overlook, most senior; engaged to Sue; around 22 Plotkin, Ned (#2: The Agony of Alice): Mrs. Plotkin’s husband Psycho (#1a: Starting with Alice): one of the members of Lester’s combo Quinton (#25: Alice on Board, p. 5): crew boss aboard Seascape; nice and fair; married to Dianne; extremely tall (a foot taller than the 5’10” captain), angular face with deep creases, deep pleasant voice; from Maine, where they keep a sailboat Rachel (#25: Alice on Board, p. 5): cabinmate aboard Seascape; small, elflike, strong; mid-20s; has worked as steward before, most knowledgeable of the bunch; lounge attendant Rankin, Dr. (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 491): Ben’s cardiologist Rawley, Mr. (#18: Alice on Her Way): Marilyn’s father; escorts her down the aisle at her wedding Richards, A. J. (#6: Alice in April): female internist in Silver Spring who Les visits; red hair Roberts, Jack (#15: Simply Alice): Marilyn’s new boyfriend (eventual husband); guitarist who plays w/band in Baltimore; dating a month by spring of A’s freshman year; proposes in summer after A’s freshman year (#16: Patiently Alice); gets a last name in book #23: Alice in Charge, p. 67; has “dark stubble” at baby shower, so he’s evidently dark-haired (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 50) Roberts, Summer Hope (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 107): Marilyn and Jack’s baby girl; born the night of Friday, Feb. 18th, in Alice’s senior year of high school Roland, Dr. (#13: The Grooming of Alice): cardiologist at Suburban Ruby (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 25): the youngest of Alice’s charges at Camp Overlook; chubby, African American, seven years old, clingy, but pretty independent so long as she receives affection; one of the two girls who likes to try to smuggle food into the cabin; says prayers at night; picked up by her grandmother Ruth (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 152): one of the regular frequenters of People Care, germophobe, wears gloves when she eats Ryan, Father (#19: Alice in the Know): Liz’s priest (p. 131) Ryder, Mindy (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 360): one of Patricia’s friends when she’s 9
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Ryder, Mrs. (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 360): Mindy’s mother; has a vibrator in a little box Salinas, Dr. (#15: Simply Alice): performs A’s appendectomy at Suburban Sandra (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 125): the woman who gets Claire involved in Magic Myst; drives BMW Sawyer, Captain Sanderson (#25: Alice on Board, p. 31): was supposed to man the Seascape’s first outing but replaced unexpectedly; going on 60, house on the Severn Schield, Mrs. (#25: Alice on Board, p. 25): one of the passengers on Seascape’s first outing; her first cruise; on lounge deck Seifert, Bob (#19: Alice in the Know): man at Rehoboth Beach, celebrating 50th wedding anniversary with his wife when girls seek shelter in his beach house (p. 199) Shannon (#25: Alice on Board, p. 5): cabinmate aboard Seascape; first-time cruiser, like the girls; signed up for the job to force herself to stop smoking (but doesn’t); round face with blue eyes, resembles Molly; gets seasick; quits in middle of 2nd cruise Sheldon, Zack (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 476): Patricia’s husband; curly hair; very casual, slouches; biology major at W&M like Patricia; Alice and Patrick first meet him over spring break of Patricia’s junior year; he’s not what her parents had hoped for, but by that summer, they can see they’re serious and a good match; from Rhode Island, where his parents are (Alice and Patrick like them right away: warm and down-to-earth); three siblings (p. 483) Shelley (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 148): one of the student volunteers at People Care; redhead, smiles continually; a regular church-goer, a regular volunteer; born again at 10 years old Sheryl (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 240): girl at the party in Germantown Shirley (#14: Alice Alone): one of the 3 female offenders who has Thanksgiving w/McKinleys; all 3 looking for work, CCFO got them jobs in warehouse for now; leather jacket, satin blouse, designer jeans; thin, half-circle eyebrows; former prostitute (led into it by her mother), arrested on drug charges Shorty (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 53): crew worker at Alice’s temp summer job; tattooed arm Sims, Marsha (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 289): principal of middle school where Alice gets her first counseling job; tough but fair Simms, Andy (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 22): fellow camp asst. counselor; very good-looking, tall, African American; cabin mate with Craig, group name the Buzzards Snow, Charlie (#1a: Starting with Alice): Mom’s fiancé before meeting Dad; belonged to a fraternity; rich; same height as Marie, muscular; he used to whirl her around; fast-talking, loud; degree in business or some such; worked for IBM (#9: Alice in Lace, pp. 85ff.) Sorenson, Paul (#16: Patiently Alice): tall and thin (more so than Les) (#17: Including Alice, p. 258), looks like a young Ichabod Crane (#18: Alice on Her Way, p. 137); very tall, gangly, blondish, serious-seeming but decent-looking (#19: Alice in the Know, p. 251); wears glasses (#25: Alice on Board, p. 250); one of Lester’s friends, with whom he plays tennis; roommate in Mr. Watts’s 2nd-floor apartment; also a U of MD student; a nice guy, seems mature, responsible, serious (#17, 258); hits it off with Carol when she’s in town for Ben’s wedding (#17, p. 122); geology major, part-time dance instructor, and bluegrass musician (#17, p. 258); Gwen’s impressed with his far-ranging book collection (#22: Intensely Alice, p. 192); joins the McKinleys for Alice’s 12th-grade Thanksgiving because his parents are on a cruise (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 210); best man at George’s wedding (#23, p. 211); takes a 10-day ski trip in early January (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 22); job hunting at same time Les is; when Alice returns from cruise job, he’s got a beat-up 19-foot Flying Scot sailboat (named Fancy Pants, for his grandmother Ursula Birgit) in the backyard of the house, where he and Les
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intend to fix it up and use it as “girl bait” (#25: Alice on Board, p. 248); Alice admits she’s always been attracted to him in a weird way, to his introverted intellectual persona (#25, p. 252); he’d like to take some time off and sail down Florida coast when boat is ready (#25, p. 271) Spence (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 100): one of Patrick’s three summer school suite mates; rooms with Kevin Stan (#7: Alice In-Between): sleeping car attendant for A’s 2nd train trip to Chicago, with Pamela & Elizabeth Stefans, Mitch (#25: Alice on Board, p. 12): part steward/part deckhand aboard Seascape; 20ish, sandy blond hair, broad shoulders, long legs, large calloused hands, tans easily, quiet, smiles with his eyes, a lot taller than Alice; signed up for job in March; from Vienna, MD; traps and fishes with his dad and brothers, 68-year-old uncle died last year in the marsh; former tobacco chewer; has never flown on a plane; big appetite, broad taste; people feel happy around him, he’s accepting, no agenda; pays his parents monthly room and board but saves most of his salary; has his own boat, wants to fix it up; wants a wife who wants to live the same kind of life he does, have at least three kids; has a female springer spaniel named Rags; Alice likes having a male who’s just a friend (pp. 221, 273) Steve (#7: Alice In-Between): Crystal’s date when Les and Alice run into her at the nightclub during A’s b-day celebration; octopus hands, she escapes him Steve (#18: Alice on Her Way): a contestant in the Friday Night Underwear Party at the New York club (p. 207) Steve (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 169): friend of Tony, owns a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, bright yellow, orange streaks, black seat; takes Alice for a ride over lunch in Dec. of jr. year Strickler, Mrs. (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 152): one of the regular frequenters of People Care; has been expecting a visit from her son for the past three years Sue (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 89): one of the full counselors at Camp Overlook, most senior; engaged to Phil Sunny (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 240): kid at the party in Germantown Swenson, Lawrence (Larry) (#20: Dangerously Alice, p. 93): Carol’s new boyfriend, the same “nice young man” she was seeing last summer; big, boxy, with honey blond hair (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 85); working his way up the ladder in hotel management; previously worked in Boston, where he met Carol, then Chicago; from Red Wing, MN; used to ice fish with his father there; attended Northwestern U; Carol moves into his apt. right before Thanksgiving of A’s jr. year; by her 17th birthday in May 2008 they’re engaged; wedding set for that July (for details, see Carol’s section above in “Marie’s Family” section); always smiling (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 85); ends up managing hotels (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 404) Swick, Tom (#1c: Lovingly Alice): husband of Alice’s 5th-grade teacher Tarell (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 300): student bully at Alice’s school, her most difficult case Thornton, M. P. (#6: Alice in April): internist in Silver Spring Todd (#25: Alice on Board, p. 181): fellow steward aboard Seascape; young, skinny Torino, Ed (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 71): star player on Ben’s high school basketball team Tracy (#1a: Starting with Alice): Rosalind’s cousin, who lives in D.C.; short blond hair, dark brown eyes Vance (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 310): leader of Curtis Butler’s white supremacy group; 20 years old Virginia (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 57): 9-year-old in Pam & Doris’s cabin at Camp Overlook; difficult, hits kids, uses vulgar language, in her third foster home; not black Wallace (#22, Intensely Alice, p. 152): one of the regular frequenters of People Care, lives under a viaduct
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V. SPECIFIC THINGS THE AUTHOR REQUESTED 1. Contents of Keepsakes Trunk in McKinleys’ Attic (Alice doesn’t look in here until summer after 6th grade; has only seen photos of her mother until then: #3: Alice in Rapture, pp. 125–130); throughout her later years in Silver Spring house, would come up and look through the trunk on rainy days (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 43) Very large trunk, Mom & Dad bought it when first married; half is used for seasonal storage, the other half holds keepsakes (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 53) ! Dress Alice wore at 2 (in large brown envelope that says “Alice’s dress at two years of age”’ pink w/white ruffles at bottom and around sleeves) ! Mom’s baby dress (in large brown envelope on which she wrote “Marie’s dress when she was two”; old, wrinkled, yellow silk, larger and longer than A’s) ! Little brown monkey—A’s toy when Mom was still alive; Mom would fill a doll’s baby bottle w/water, Alice would feed it, water would come out other end, Alice clearly remembers watching Mom make diapers for it out of dishtowels in the kitchen (on Alice’s bed by book #17: Including Alice, p. 247) ! Pictures Alice drew for Mom in nursery school ! Lester’s childhood drawings ! Paper with outline of Mom’s hand drawn, inside it an outline of A’s hand ! Marie and Ben’s love letters in a blue box tied in a bow w/blue string; “Our letters” in Mom’s handwriting: white envelopes from TN (Dad’s), blue, yellow, and pink envelopes from IL (Mom’s) ! Marie’s wedding dress: In a large box—like a coat box, sealed in blue tape—at bottom of trunk, labeled “Marie’s wedding dress” (though Alice doesn’t look at it, book #3: Alice in Rapture, p. 129); in book #19, Alice in the Know, we learn it was a simple ivory dress, from the wedding photo on Uncle Harold’s wall, the same photo Ben has in the house somewhere (p. 272); Sally told Alice Marie found it in a secondhand store and fell in love with it (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 44); she finally opens the box and looks at the dress in summer after college graduation, right after Patrick proposed at beach: ivory taffeta, wrapped in blue tissue paper and stuffed with more tissue in bodice and sleeves, stayed clean and preserved, round neckline, "-length sleeves, fitted bodice, skirt in gentle folds; note card tucked in box: I know I would have loved him too. Mom. (#26, pp. 243–244) ! (*But the box is separate from the trunk in the last book (#26 pp. 43-44)) ! Peach rayon nightgown of Mom’s (#7: Alice In-Between, p. 53) Other Things in Attic ! Carol’s hand-me-downs that Aunt Sally sends until A grows into them ! Chintz chair by the trunk ! Lots of boxes of old stuff, even from Chicago: gifts Mom received (silver-plated butter server, decorative bread box), Xmas decorations, framed prints, potty chair (with pink and blue bunnies painted on lid), tablecloths—Sylvia and Alice sift through them the last day of her spring break of freshman year of college (#26: Now I’ll Tell You Everything, p. 44) 2. Buried Time Capsule (#6: Alice in April, pp. 57–58, 69–70, 159–160) (Text of Alice’s letter to herself appears in full at end of book #6: Alice in April, pp. 163–164) ! For Mr. Hensley’s World Studies class, in the 2nd semester of 7th grade ! All of his 7th graders will be participating, so the capsule is of the entire 7th grade
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blackjack dealer, his mother mans the saloon; Alice rides a whizzing toilet bowl, Patrick sets the night’s record for mechanical bull riding Homecoming (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 44): senior year; Liz & Keeno, Gwen & Austin, Alice and Pam on their own; all drive together in Keeno’s mother’s car; casual dress: tight jeans; Justin and Jill named king and queen (p. 50) Snow Ball (#23: Alice in Charge): senior year; Friday, first full week of December 10 (p. 61); Daniel and Alice will double with Gwen and Austin (p. 60); Gwen suggests all the girls trade dresses instead of buying new ones—Alice wears Gwen’s (let out) Kelly green dress with tiny black polka dots and wide black sash at waist (hair piled atop head, with fake green daisies; p. 266); Liz wears Alice’s slinky black halter-top; Gwen wears Pam’s salmon gown with spaghetti straps; and Pam wears Alice’s midnight blue dress, altered by Sylvia—and then Alice publicizes the idea, complete with picture of the four of them, on cover of The Edge (pp. 188, 200); Liz suggests that Pam ask Louie, so they can all go together as a group of eight (p. 201); chapter 19: formal, but not all the guys wears tuxes; Daniel wears his brother’s sport coat (too-long sleeves), didn’t know to bring her a corsage so comes with flowers instead; Keeno again drives them all in his mom’s SUV; in school gym, decorated with hanging snowflakes, fake snowdrifts, rotating sparkles in a strobe light; Jill and Justin arrive together, signaling their reunion; group leaves an hour early and goes to a Mexican restaurant; Daniel shakes her hand at her door, she offers to return the flowers to him on Monday, so his mother can enjoy them too Sock Hop (#24: Incredibly Alice): 1950s-style dance on Friday, February 11, of Alice’s senior year (p. 7); chapter 8: she, Pam, and Liz attend in saddle shoes and matching poodle skirts Mrs. Price sewed for them; junior class decorates; jukebox, Elvis impersonator, ’57 Chevy, waitresses on skates, root beer floats; Amy comes with two friends, but the girls feel they’ve started to outgrow such things; combo plays a special set, including Daniel Bul Dau on his drum Senior Prom: it’s decided that Patrick will be her date during the December 2010 phone call when he tells her his family is moving to WI at the end of that month (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 257); tells her not to plan for anything after the dance—he’ll take care of that (#24: Incredibly Alice, p. 99); date set for Saturday, May 14—Alice’s 18th birthday—so her b-day gift from Dad and Sylvia is any prom outfit she wants short of a designer label; Sylvia goes shopping with her, they buy a gorgeous gown in a deep, brilliant yellow, with a long full skirt covered with a layer of white chiffon—cloudlike, shimmers—and a low-enough back so that Patrick touches bare skin when they dance; doesn’t want yellow shoes, so wears fleshcolored sling-back heels she already owns, and Sylvia gets her a clutch instead, uses Sylvia’s wrap; dinner with the gang before the dance, but they won’t attend the after party at the school (#24, pp. 225–228); Chapter 26: Sylvia does Alice’s hair and nails; Austin and Gwen drive Patrick over to pick up Alice; pale yellow wrist corsage, pictures in front of fireplace; dinner at Normandie Farm in Potomac with Pam & Jay, Liz & Keeno; Gwen wears red, Pam wears white, Liz wears lavender, Patrick in black tux with yellow boutonniere; dance is at Hyatt, Arabian theme; other attendees: Sam, Lori & Leslie, Phil and his date, Ryan & Penny; Alice & Patrick leave around 11:00, a black limo picking them up at hotel and taking them to Bay Bridge and back thru D.C.

5. School Courses ! Has problems with math as early as 5th grade (#1c: Lovingly Alice) ! Likes World Studies (history) the least in 7th grade ! Needs help from Gwen in 2nd-semester general math in 8th grade (#12: A on the Outside, p. 34)
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She says she’s not very good in math (#4: Reluctantly Alice, p. 2; #14: Alice Alone, p. 21) and science (#14: Alice Alone, p. 21; #16: Patiently Alice, p. 169) Worried about flunking 1st-semester Algebra I in 9th grade a week into school (ends up with a C- [#17: Including Alice, p. 3]); Gwen helps her w/algebra thereafter (#14: Alice Alone, pp. 17, 32, 33) and Alice is counting on her to help her in Algebra II, geometry, and physics throughout high school (#17: Including Alice, p. 3) (geometry still very difficult for her in 11th grade; #20: Dangerously Alice, p. 6) Rates herself pretty highly on art and on social studies courses (history, sociology, etc.) and highest in language arts (#16: Patiently Alice, pp. 169–170)

6. Alice’s Baby Book (#16: Patiently Alice, pp. 165–166; #1b: Alice in Blunderland, p. 149) ! Kept in Dad’s bedroom in Takoma Park (#1b, p. 149); in the bottom drawer of Dad’s desk in Silver Spring ! White silk book with BABY DEAR in pink letters ! First page has her baby photo, few hours after her birth; bald ! Some pasted-in photos, some loose (asleep in her crib, Mom holding her in her lap on a swing, Mom feeding her spinach, getting a bath); Mom’s handwritten notes accompany everything ! Page headers include: “First Outing,” “Baby’s Friends,” “Baby’s Favorite Toys,” “Health Record,” “First Birthday” ! On page for 3rd birthday, a lock of her hair is stitched in ! Page 168 lists more “firsts” in Alice’s young life: first laugh, crawl, word

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VI. DETAILS OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS (Pulled out from above listings due to length) 1. Camp Overlook (All from #16: Patiently Alice) ! Summer before sophomore year ! Funded by a church, run by the county (#15: Simply Alice, p. 187), for disadvantaged kids (this is not specified until #25: Alice on Board, p. 152); no frills, basics only; each summer, camp lasts three weeks; coed, with “full” counselors and 12 assistant counselors (6 boys, 6 girls), a director and an asst. director, and a camp nurse; comprised of two rows of six facing cabins—one side male (odd numbers), the other side female (even numbers)—each side with its own shower house/toilets; each windowed cabin has 4 bunk beds (for either 1 full counselor and 7 charges or 2 asst. counselors and 6 charges), 2 dressers, a few shelves, 8 coat hooks, a metal box for food, no facilities, a screen door; all cabin groups choose names for themselves; there’s a camp minibus; director’s office; director’s and asst. director’s cabins; campfire circle ! Located near Cumberland, in the NW corner of MD, in the Appalachian Mts.; dining hall; riverfront, with a place for swimming (*lake), a few rowboats, about a dozen canoes, a boathouse; spectacular overlook (Point Overlook) through the woods, after which the camp was named, a natural promontory, protected by a chest-high stone wall, looking over valley and mts. beyond; nature trails; a picnic area; a baseball diamond ! Quiet hour each afternoon; movie nights; weekly horse riding at a nearby farm; afternoon snack & after movie snack; mail call every afternoon at three; there’s a camp song and a camp cheer ! Alice’s co-counselor in cabin 6 is Gwen; their group name is the Coyotes and their six girls are aged 7–10; sleeping arrangements are specified on p. 23 of book #16: Patiently Alice; her “condom-throwing wish” is for Dad’s wedding to come off in the fall (p. 149); Mrs. Wheeler dropped all 4 girls off at the rec center; Mrs. Price picks them up ! Camp Cheer: Clap your hands! Stamp your feet! Our Camp Overlook Can’t be beat! ! Camp Rules/Guidelines: o Kids can’t bring food into the cabins (will attract wildlife); counselors can store goodies in big metal box in each cabin) o Kids can’t go on any of the trails w/o permission and they can never go alone o Showers before bed, not in the morning; two cabins go at a time, boys and girls have separate shower houses (after the kids go, the counselors take turns, half at a time) o Sheets are changed once a week o Full counselors get Saturday nights off; assistants get Friday nights off, from six to midnight o During any special program (movies, music hour), the asst. counselors are granted a break, since they don’t get paid (full counselors do) o All visitors have to register at the officer; generally limited to Sundays o Camp philosophy is to let the kids experience the consequences of their actions, unless their safety is at risk

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o If there’s a disturbance, counselors are instructed to secure their charges in their cabin until instructions come over the sound system o Two staff meetings a week o At meals, there’s a designated server per table, and cabins are assigned cleanup duty after meals 2. Ben and Sylvia’s Wedding (All from #17: Including Alice, unless listed otherwise) ! Wedding date: Saturday, October 18 (p. 1) ! Color theme: teal and royal blue (p. 12) ! Wedding party: o Sylvia’s sister Nancy slated as maid of honor, and she asks Alice to be her only other bridesmaid (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 13)—too many friends at work to ask any or all of them; but Nancy too weak to make it through the whole ceremony, so Alice takes over as maid of honor (p. 54) o Les is best man (p. 54) o Uncle Harold and Uncle Howard ushers (p. 54) o Kirk walks Sylvia down the aisle and gives her away (pp. 19, 54) ! Attire: o Sylvia: dress is off the rack (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 13); white billowy waist-length veil (p. 77) and a headpiece of delicate wire frame with floating pearls (p. 22); dress is long white satin, simple sleeveless design, lace panel down front, slits on either side of the skirt (p. 68), no train (p. 60); sling-back white satin shoes; nails painted in Rusty Rose (same as Alice); hair worn up (p. 68); wide band of white and yellow gold (p. 76) o Nancy: royal blue dress made by the same dressmaker in Bethesda (p. 19) who makes Alice’s dress o Ben: dark blue suit (not tux), blue and silver tie (pp. 5, 73) o Les: dark blue suit (not tux), blue and red tie (pp. 5, 73) o Alice: teal, simple, straight across the front, spaghetti straps, long narrow skirt; Sylvia let her choose from among 3 patterns, she opts for the same one Nancy liked; Sylvia picks up A’s dress 10 days before wedding (p. 19); wears dyed teal pumps (p. 74) o Elizabeth: blue dress with ivory chemise (p. 45) o Pamela: black strappy dress that shows off her shoulders (p. 45) o Lori Haynes: beige pants and tops, looks like a stylish New York model (p. 88) o Patrick: dark blue sport coat, tan pants, bright red tie (p. 99) o Gwen: rose-colored dress, skirt in filmy layers (p. 103) o Margaret: gray silk outfit, similar to what her mother wears (p. 106) ! Ben is in charge of honeymoon: driving to Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia for hiking, horseback riding, swimming (p. 28), from Sat. night to Wednesday (p. 125) ! Ben’s friend’s (Martin Small’s) trio (piano, violin, cello) will play the music; the violinist is female; an original piece of three movements followed by the wedding march at the ceremony (#17: Including Alice, pp. 41ff. & chap. 5) and they also play at the reception (p. 93) ! Relatives in attendance: o Uncle Milt, Aunt Sally, and Carol fly in on Thursday night; Carol stays at Les’s apt. until she returns home on Monday (p. 125); Milt and Sally at the Holiday Inn in Silver Spring (p. 50) until Dad’s on honeymoon, then aunt and uncle take care of Alice at the house (p. 105); leave early Wed. morning (p. 125)
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o Sylvia’s sister Nancy flies into Dulles on Thursday afternoon and they spend that evening together with Sylvia’s college roommate, Lois (p. 52); Lois and Nancy stay at Sylvia’s place when in town for wedding (p. 105), until Nancy departs on Tuesday (p. 125) and Lois departs on Wednesday evening after pulling her belly-dancer-mannequin gag o Uncles Harold and Howard and their wives all drive up, toting Grandpa McKinley, not making the rehearsal in time but joining everybody for dinner afterward at the hotel (p. 56); return home Sunday (p. 125) o Sylvia’s brother Kirk, his wife, and his daughter Margaret (fly in; p. 17), who makes Alice nervous with all her instructions; they fly home Saturday night (p. 106) Sylvia’s friends throw her a Girls Night Out party the Wednesday before the wedding— beauty treatments at Elizabeth Arden followed by dinner out; Dad isn’t having a bachelor party (pp. 45, 49) Thursday night: Sylvia, Nancy, and Lois spend a quiet night together; Sally and Milt take Dad out to dinner (p. 52) Friday night: rehearsal dinner in a private dining room of the hotel where Dad’s family is staying; Sylvia is radiant in a green and gold dress (p. 56) Alice gets ready with all the women at Sylvia’s house (pp. 66–69); white stretch limo arrives at Sylvia’s at 10:30 and carries bride, Alice, Lois, Margaret, and her mother to the church (Kirk picks up Nancy and Sylvia’s teacher friends evidently take their own cars) (p. 69) Ceremony: o Held at the church tucked in the woods (#17, p. 70) on Cedar Lane in Bethesda, where the couple first met at the sing-along (#16: Patiently Alice, p. 3); church has a Bride’s Room (p. 70), a glass-surrounded sanctuary (where the ceremony is held and where pictures are taken (pp. 70, 75, 80), a stone chapel at one end (p. 81), a lounge area (p. 81) o Clusters of teal, royal blue, and ivory ribbons at end of each row in the sanctuary (p. 73) o Alice allowed to invite 10 friends (Liz, Pam, Gwen, Patrick, Lori, Karen, Jill, Mark, Brian, and Justin) (pp. 10–11)—leaves out those who don’t know Sylvia and purposely omits Penny; Pam and Liz sit in 3rd row (p. 76); Mark and Brian stand by the doors to act as “bouncers” if Sorringer shows up o Since so many of Sylvia’s students want to come and for all of Alice’s friends who aren’t invited to reception (about 70 of them in all), cookies and punch are served in the lounge area afterward, and the kids bring music and dance o Alice drops her clutch—holding things Sylvia might need—on way down aisle, but Patrick picks it up and takes care of it for her (p. 74) o Guests were asked to remain seated during the procession (p. 75) o Ceremony is mix of traditional and modern language (p. 75) o Jim Sorringer arrives right before the vows but doesn’t interfere (p. 76) o There’s a receiving line for all the kids (p. 83), at the end of which is Jim (p. 84), but he doesn’t make a scene o Alice stays a little longer at the church with Lois, who drives her and her friends over to the reception (p. 87), and Alice luckily missed the receiving line (p. 93) Reception: o At least 60 people invited (p. 8): Sylvia’s teacher friends & significant others; Dad’s employees and instructors & their significant others; a few customers; some of Sylvia’s childhood friends; relatives; and Alice was allowed 3 friends only (Liz, Pam, and Gwen—but when Liz decides to go meet Ross, Alice invites Patrick instead [p. 91]) o Held at the Hyatt (p. 80) in a large private room, with 8 tables sitting 10 each, tablecloths the colors of the wedding (p. 93)
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o Family sits at the head table (p. 93), Lester starts off with a toast (p. 94); Alice is allowed to have a bit of champagne (p. 94) and dances up a storm (p. 96) o Menu: crab cakes, lobster salad, filet mignon sandwiches (p. 95), cake (p. 102) o Trio plays only during greeting period, then Mr. Parks takes over at the mike, playing CDs for the rest of the reception, the first dance being to Ben and Sylvia’s song, which Mr. Parks sings (p. 95); most of the music is slow and danceable, the kind Sylvia and Ben like (p. 101); Les and Carol teach everyone a new dance (p. 102) o Patrick and Mr. Everett leave early, about the same time (p. 102) o Alice’s uncles load the gifts in their car to transport them to the house, but Alice is dismayed when Dad and Sylvia leave without finding her (p. 103) about a half hour before the reception ends (p. 106); feels better when she gets home and discovers Sylvia’s gift and note (p. 108) Gifts to bride and groom (Alice helps them open gifts from guests and keeps list for thankyou notes [p. 144]): o From Alice: makes them a hand-embroidered gift: monogrammed (BMS) (with M in teal, other letters in royal blue) white percale sheet set, with flowers and doves (in greens and golds) as circular border (pp. 11–12) o From Les: clock with face embedded in burled wood (p. 12) o From Marilyn: leather-bound copy of Messiah, inscribed with names and date in gold (p. 29)

3. Carol’s Wedding (All from #22: Intensely Alice; wedding takes place in chap. 7) ! Saturday, July 11, in Chicago (p. 8) ! Alice subs as bridesmaid when Joan’s morning sickness prevents her (p. 44) ! Alice moves up her flight to O’Hare from Friday to Wednesday (p. 45); Dad drives her to the airport, she flies United nonstop (p. 55); Uncle Milt picks her up (p. 65); suitcase gets lost (but delivered by late that night) ! Attire: o Bridesmaids’ dresses (in lilac, apple green, turquoise, and [Alice’s] peach): more like a sundress than a gown, short, clingy, gathered wide Lycra band at waist, narrow shoulder straps with bit of ruffle along edge, very low round neckline (p. 71); Sally alters it to fit better; Carol gives Alice the dress to thank her for coming out early and filling in o Carol gives each bridesmaid earrings for the wedding, no necklaces needed (p. 55) o Bridal gown of tulle and ivory silk slim skirt, with strapless lace bodice—kind of frilly, as an homage to Sally, who didn’t get to celebrate Carol’s first wedding with her (p. 82) o Groomsmen in black tuxes (p. 89) ! Bachelorette party is the Wed. night Alice flies in (p. 72): Anne, Heather, Becky, Alice, and Carol are driven to Polly’s Place, then Gossip by Charlie—play games, dance, complete “the list” (all details in chap. 6) ! Ben and Sylvia arrive on Friday, Les takes a separate flight that gets in a few hours before rehearsal dinner; Ben and Sylvia stay in spare room; Alice moves from there to the trundle bed in Carol’s room; Les is in the basement; Les returns home on Sunday (p. 94) while the other three stay until late Monday afternoon ! McKinleys give the couple a set of Irish linens and a check for their wedding gift (p. 55) ! Rehearsal dinner Friday night ! About 250 people come to the church ceremony (not all of them go to the reception too)— Carol and Larry have lots of friends (p. 87) ! Reception at a nearby hotel (p. 89)
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4. Mark Stedmeister’s Death & Funeral (All from #22: Intensely Alice) ! Dies around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18 (summer before senior year), at a light on Macon Drive, waiting to take a left turn onto Randolph Road with his blinker on, when a delivery truck ran into him from behind, an SUV in front of him (pp. 240–241, 244, 249) ! Pronounced dead on the scene (p. 249) ! Driver was 67-year-old male, Rodney Johnson, taken to Holy Cross Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries; SUV driver unhurt (p. 250); not drunk or high, might have fallen asleep or had a ministroke (p. 251) ! Alice finds out at 8:22 p.m. in a call from Elizabeth, who was herself called by Keeno ! A neighbor is initially at the Stedmeister house accepting calls; by the time Ben calls, the minister is there with Mark’s parents, his mother is sedated ! The girls gather at Liz’s that night, with Keeno, Dad and Sylvia, and Mr. and Mrs. Price ! Alice saw him just the night before—the gang went to Gepetto’s for dinner, and he was wearing an inmate’s shirt (p. 243) ! Neighbors start a list for dinner deliveries; Sylvia gets on for next week ! On Wednesday night around nine, 18 kids—all of whom have enjoyed the Stedmeister pool in the past—gather outside the house and silently pay tribute for about an hour to his generous parents, who come out and ask them to sit at the pool for a bit and have some lemonade (pp. 245–247) ! Memorial forms at the site of the crash (p. 248) ! Post publishes a brief story on the accident (pp. 249–250) ! Mark was still 16 at time of his death, so had to be just about 17 (p. 249) ! Church funeral on Sunday, August 23 (pp. 252–255): Patrick flies in for the service; Pam’s dad comes with her; an uncle speaks on behalf of the family, then a neighbor, then Patrick speaks, representing his friends ! Alice goes to the cemetery too, after Patrick leaves, with the others (p. 256), but they all let the adults attend the gathering at the community center ! Kids agree to take turns regularly visiting Mark’s parents just to check in on them (p. 256); the four girls make their first joint visit on Sunday, August 30 (p. 266) ! Mark’s dad plants an October Sunset maple tree in his son’s memory in the backyard—at back of driveway, where Mark used to tinker with cars (p. 267) ! 11 kids have Christmas Day dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Stedmeister in Alice’s senior year; his parents have turned his bedroom into a photo gallery of his whole life (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 302) ! Alice finally writes her tribute article to Mark for The Edge on New Year’s Eve (#23: Alice in Charge, p. 318) 5. Chesapeake Bay Seascape Cruise Job (All from #25: Alice on Board) ! Summer after high school graduation: Alice, Pam, Liz, Gwen, and Yolanda ! Training begins on the Friday afternoon of graduation (June 1, 2012) ! Initial stint is scheduled from June 3 to August 12—10 one-week cruises from Baltimore to Norfolk and points in between—but aborted at end of July, after only 8 of the 10 cruises,
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