Another theme is the celebration of life. As much as this memoir is about love, it is also a celebration of life. Trillin uses this opportunity to celebrate the life of a woman he loved and admired. Alice lived life to the fullest. Alice was not afraid to enter into a debate and express opinions she knew could make someone angry. Alice did not hesitate to help people in need. Alice also did not back down in a fight when she knew she was right. Alice was a force, not only in Trillin's life, but in the lives of everyone who knew her. As exampled by the letters Trillin received after her death, Alice touched everyone she met and a few people she never met.