iUniverse Would Like to Announce the Release of Becoming Alice by Alice Rene

Bloomington, IN, September 25, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Becoming Alice shares true immigrant experience.

From childhood to college life, Alice Renee’s intriguing life story is a great read for both young readers and those interested in family dynamics.

In Becoming Alice: A Memoir, author Alice Rene shares the intriguing story of her life in Austria as six year old Ilse, her Jewish family’s escape from Hitler’s forces, and her immigrant years in America as she struggles to become the Alice she was meant to be in the first place.

With most of the chapters written in a short, easy-to-read format, this memoir draws the reader into a girl’s life, a life that is filled with anxieties as she attempts to find her way in this world. As her mom says in one of the early chapters, “We don’t know what will happen from one day to the next.”

“It is not a ‘typical’ holocaust story in that it doesn’t take place inside a concentration camp, or is it about the partisans who fought against the Nazi regime, or about the small children that were sent to England to be saved, but never saw their birth parents again,” Rene said. “Instead it shows how an environment of long-term fear and continuing problems of adjustment in a new culture by a troubled family affects the personality of a developing child.”

Rene began her drive to fit into American life when she changed her name from the detested Elsie, given to her by her classmates because they couldn’t pronounce Ilse, to Alice. Elsie was a name associated with the Bordens Evaporated Milk logo, Elsie the Cow. But there were more struggles ahead of her: finding her identity between the European culture from which she came and the American culture in which she now lived, and fulfilling her needs under the yolk of an overbearing, autocratic father. How she solved these problems makes for intriguing reading.

About the author
Alice Rene spent the first six years of her life in Austria before fleeing to America. She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon before moving to California, earning her master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. A former medical caseworker and travel consultant, this is her first book. She lives in southern California with her husband Bob and their golden retriever.

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