Go ask alice is a 1971 fiction book about a teenage girl who develops a drug addiction at age 15 and runs away from home on a journey of selfdestructive escapism. One part poetry across the curriculum, one part texttotext connection, and three parts fun, this wildly entertaining session will explore what happens when nonfiction and poetry meet by chance and fall madly in love. Go ask alice is the diary of a 15yearold girl whose drink is spiked with lsd during a party. This is a simple 10 question quiz on the book go ask alice, but is only recommended to take if the reader has already read the book. We asked sebold about her favourite film, her greatest piece of luck, and what she believes happens to us. Reyna marie to clear the matter, this novel was not based on a true story, nor is the events following alice s life, or characters factual. The unlikely love affair between poetry and nonfiction presented by allan wolf description. The go ask alice book of answers is a groundbreaking guide that mines the best material from the eponymous awardwinning web site. Introduction go ask alice is a 1971 book about the life of a troubled teenage girl. In fact, by writing the book anonymously, the story becomes that of. Sometimes, in fact, the very title sends me into a raw, childlike rage.
But a poetrynonpoetry or poetryprose division would perpetrate a similar wrong upon fiction, would it not. Nonfiction poems modern awardwinning nonfiction poetry. The girl who wrote this diary lived in two different worlds, the real world and a fantasy world. Through alice, one can hope that the next generation of readers will learn that every decision is as important as the next, and to learn to make better choices than those made in go ask alice. Jericho brown reads his pulitzer prizewinning poems. He wrote and illustrated his first book, useful and instructive poetry, in 1845 at the age of. In my view, at least, of course poetry is fiction but recently, as i am promoting my little ebook of poems, the obvious answer is not so obvious to everybody. Go ask alice was the first book she edited, though at the time the book was published she chose not to include her name on the novel. I think ill go into child guidance when i get out of school. Mar 03, 2008 i am looking for nonfiction, true story books, similar to a child called it, finding fish, go ask alice any suggestions would be appreciated, and i have read all of the pelzer books, and antwone fishers poem book. Theres a good chance that your school either made you read this book or banned you from even looking at it. I am looking for nonfiction, true story books, similar to a child called it, finding fish, go ask alice any suggestions would be appreciated, and i have read all of the pelzer books, and antwone fishers poem book.
With an active marketplace of over 175 million items, use the alibris advanced search page to find any item you are looking for through the advanced search, you can find items by searching specific terms such as title, artist, song title, genre, etc or you can narrow your focus using our amazing set of criteria parameters. On another note, i have a long poem i consider to be an epic. Two years and several doobies, heroin shots, and blow jobs for money later, shes dead from an overdose. Go ask alice which, btw, was insanely popular when i was a kid is a work of fiction. The main conflict of this book was drug use and abuse. Just like a book, the subject of the poem determines the genre in this case, fiction v. From sex and relationships to alcohol and drugs to fitness and nutrition, this comprehensive handbook is the first of its kind to provide muchneeded information for young adults who cannot get reliable or anonymous. Everyday use analyzing characterization and point of view. First of all, this is fiction that has been advertised as nonfiction which i think is appalling. Its based on a true story, so i think itd be nonfiction. A collection of poems from one of my books, as well as some who ive written outside my book. I finally have something to do for the rest of my life.
One part poetry acrossthecurriculum, one part texttotext connection, and three parts fun, this wildly entertaining session will explore what happens when nonfiction and poetry meet by chance and fall madly in love. Reyna marie to clear the matter, this novel was not based on a true story, nor is the events following alices life, or characters factual. Incorrect book the list contains an incorrect book please specify the title of the book. Ill spend the rest of my life helping people who are just like me.
Spam or selfpromotional the list is spam or selfpromotional. In addition to the alice books, lewis carroll wrote a number of other works of poetry and fiction. The fictionnonfiction divisionas a habit of thought, not just as a sales toolhas always seemed to me to perpetrate a wrong upon poetry. The main character struggled with drug use and her family always was there to try to help even through her running away and coming back. Have students who are ready to go beyond the standard read one of the biographies in related resources and then create a biopoem about the subject of the biography. A book report on go ask alice english literature essay. But those of you old enough to remember the latter portion of the 70s might remember that beatrice sparks, the editor of go ask alice, also edited a bunch of other alarmist books aimed at teens, all supposedly taken from teenagers diaries. The book is written in a form of a diary, so you see everything through the eyes of alice. Elizabeth gaskells mary barton uses literary techniques point of view, diction, and characterization to describe her social commentary about a poor man, wilson, asking a wealthy man, mr. Apr 17, 2018 looking for informational titles for your students. Basically whether you believe this is fiction or not that should not matter. I try to read this book every year to help me maintain a sense of universal scale in my life a. This is my second read of go ask alice, and i loved it just as much the second time around im an advocate for banned stories that teach.
For seven years, i kept a blog about my mother, alice, under the title go ask alicewhen shes 94. Go ask alice, by anonymous by alyssa guthrie on prezi. Go ask alice has been around for decades, and is even being used as reading material in high schools. Picture book biographies are great examples of narrative nonfiction emphasized in common core. In the end its all about getting people to read it.
Up until now, i hadnt really considered this question because the answer seems obvious. A direct intercept of the youthful drug experience this dear diary record is the second heads you lose, p. Learn how to write a poem about nonfiction and share it. Poets so often use figurative language, and the truths they try to tell are so often not literal truths, that it wouldnt make sense to call their work fiction or non fiction. The devils silhouette contains subjects that some may find disturbing.
There have been many outstanding books in this genre published in the past few years as shown on this board. Alice acted like she was sick, so she didnt had to go to school. Exploring craft and structure in literary nonfiction sas. Attributed to anonymous, the book is in diary form, and was originally presented as being the edited real diary of the unnamed teenage p. Oct 03, 2016 go ask alice is the firstperson tale of an accidental downward spiral into drugs, alcohol, unwanted sex, and impoverished living. A short history of nearly everything is rightly one of the mostrecommended books on ask, usually mentioned when someone is looking for a highly accessible book for basic science education. She feels very alone and misunderstood, seeking approval from her mother and other people. Go ask alice goodreads meet your next favorite book. Nonfiction assignment 5 poem assignment pvr3 6 speaker 7 study quest. The 6 most ridiculous lies ever published as nonfiction. Alice, once a shy, innocent girl, is sucked into the heartless world. To read more about this project, see about go ask alicewhen shes 94.
The book tells the story of the brutal 1959 murders of the clutter family in holcomb, kansas, and is based on capotes investigative work harper lee came along, but also contains quite a number of changed facts, invented scenes, and literary libertieshence its location in the fiction section. We read literary fiction, nonfiction, classics and childrens books, all genres and. Prose writing, where the print goes from margin to margin and may continue midsentence onto the next page, is classified as fiction or nonfiction and then further subdivided into genres. Therefore, i ask you to remain respectful, even if what i write offends you. This has now become a memoir in search of a publisher. First published in 1971, go ask alice was the ya phenomenon of its day, and. Alice sebolds the lovely bones, in which susie salmon watches her friends and familys lives go on from beyond the grave after her murder, was an instant classic when it was first published in 2002, and there are now over ten million copies in print. Since then, she has collected and published seve ral other anonymous diaries of teens including jays journal, it happened to nancy, almost lost, anni es baby, treacherous love, kim. Is the book go ask alice based on a real girls diary. This study guide consists of approximately 52 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of go ask alice.
Poetry as nonfiction by jack miles poetry magazine. Guide students to identify the elements of literary nonfiction and see how these are used to create text structure. She was a poet and used the word tapestry too much in her writing. She is a pretty typical teenage girl in the late 1960sshes mostly concerned with school, boys, her hair, and fitting in okay, thats pretty typical for any decade when her fathers new job causes her family to move across the country, alice is thrust into a new school at a time when she is at best.
Written to entertain his family, especially his brother wilfred and sister louisa, it would be published posthumously in 1954. By now, the go ask alice readers narrative is a comic genre unto itself. Go ask alice is a classic from 1971, which i must say right at the outset is. The last few posts are under archives at the bottom of this page. Yet it was originally promoted as nonfiction, its still sold as by anonymous and the copy i have has this is alice s true story on the cover plus the blurb on the back, the foreword and the psychologists comment at the back everything is still packaged to make out this is nonfiction. Go ask alice is written as the diary of a fifteenyearold girls daytoday struggle with drug addiction.
Aug 23, 2017 the book tells the story of the brutal 1959 murders of the clutter family in holcomb, kansas, and is based on capotes investigative work harper lee came along, but also contains quite a number of changed facts, invented scenes, and literary libertieshence its location in the fiction section. I simply dont think the book should claim to be based on a real journal or a real girl when it is actually pure fiction. I think you mean go ask alice by anonymous aka beatrice sparks, but anywho. Although it is still published under the byline anonymous, it is largely or wholly the work of. Then someone else introduced her to torpedoes and speed and she filled in with tranquilizers and sleeping pills and dexies until she. Joel gave her alice a lot of strength and offered her to go to the funeral. Poets so often use figurative language, and the truths they try to tell are so often not literal truths, that it wouldnt make sense to call their work fiction or nonfiction. The book continues its claim to be the actual diary of an anonymous. Inappropriate the list including its title or description facilitates illegal activity, or contains hate speech or ad hominem attacks on a fellow goodreads member or author. Oh dear wonderful, trusting, friendly diary, thats exactly what ill do. She is a pretty typical teenage girl in the late 1960sshes mostly concerned with school, boys, her hair, and fitting in okay, thats pretty typical for any decade. In this lesson students will explore how author alice walker uses the narrative elements of characterization and point of view to explore the proper value. Go ask alice was the product of beatrice sparks, an author who has come out with a number of teens who saw their lives ruined by their bad choices offerings, each one presented as a true. I love books this book rhetorical device alice book go ask alice favorite book quotes looking for.
She is jealous of both of her younger siblings, a brother and a sister, believing she is the letdown child. Poems about nonfiction at the worlds largest poetry site. Alice, once a shy, innocent girl, is sucked into the heartless world of drugs because of her need to be accepted. Then someone else introduced her to torpedoes and speed and she filled in with tranquilizers and sleeping pills and dexies until she split. Howling hilarity upon rereading the book in this context. Its based on a true story, so i think itd be non fiction. I am looking for nonfiction, true story books, similar to a. Go ask alice is a supposed diary of a young girl caught up in the wild life of drug abuse in the late 1960s. This is my second read of go ask alice, and i loved it just as much the second time around. Jun 16, 2018 poetry can be either fiction or nonfiction. Created during the height of the drug era, the girl could be anyone from this time who found him or herself seduced by the mindaltering affects of marijuana, lsd, bennies, dexies, and heroin. Tell students to follow the biopoem directions below.
Go ask alice is the firstperson tale of an accidental downward spiral into drugs, alcohol, unwanted sex, and impoverished living. Fictitious books written in diary format arent uncommon and i honestly dont have a problem with that. The diary begins right before alices fifteenth birthday. Jan 24, 2015 a collection of poems from one of my books, as well as some who ive written outside my book. Then youd best get your hands on a copy of go ask alice. This story follows the typical template for the say no to drugs genre of liturature. Alice laplante teaches creative writing at san francisco state university and stanford university, where she is a former wallace stegner fellow. Edwin strattonmackay go ask alice is a politicallyfunded novel, a terror. For instance, when i am registering to have my link added to an ebook directory, its hit or miss whether poetry is. Cyberstargazer i love jefferson airplane go ask alice when she was 10 feet tall you totally rewrote and rocked this song, love the whole cooking without a recipe book theme. To ask other readers questions about go ask alice, please sign up. I am looking for nonfiction, true story books, similar to. May 19, 2009 the terms fiction and non fiction are usually applied to prose, not to poetry.
At the 16th of june, alices grandmother died in her sleep. Beatrice sparks, whom is known to the general public as the editor of go ask alice, populated the false impression that this book was based off of the diary of a young girl, whom fell into the elaborate and dangerous life of a drug addict. The terms fiction and nonfiction are usually applied to prose, not to poetry. Attributed to anonymous, the book is in diary form, and was originally presented as being the edited real diary of the unnamed teenage protagonist. Loved it and sorry laughed a little at the idea of alice a pushers wife. Fiction or nonfiction, the issues are real and the story should be respected as such. See more ideas about books, nonfiction and childrens books. Beatrice sparks, the editor of go ask alice, also edited a bunch of other alarmist books aimed at teens. Everyday use analyzing characterization and point of. Can see her standing there brewing the drugs from your clear images penned. All picture source titles are hyperlinked to the pages that they appear on this site. The girl who wrote this diary lived in two different worlds, the.39 292 1301 1376 1196 27 760 432 416 1397 1132 1310 89 325 493 1434 1182 1552 1262 950 99 1182 1086 553 175 906 745 1395 1286 1544 1044 430 523 436 3 272 1317 1231 532 1104 1093 981 63 163 400