I realize it’s been nearly a month since I posted and I wanted to let you know why.
I am hip deep in reading. And it started with a field trip to Fruitlands in Harvard, MA. And it will end there too.
After visiting Fruitlands, I wanted to read more about it. I ended up reading the following:
- Transcendental Wild Oats by Louisa May Alcott
- Bronson Alcott’s Fruitlands by Clara Endicott Sears
- Becoming Little Women: Louisa May at Fruitlands by Jeannine Atkins (re-read)
- Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia by Richard Francis (finally finishing this one!)
- Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother by Eve LaPlante
- My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa’s Mother by Eve LaPlante
And how do these all connect? Eve LaPlante is doing a talk and book signing at Fruitlands on December 1st! You can bet I plan on being there.
Fruitlands by Richard Francis is the hardest book I have ever read. I tried it when it first came out two years ago and was completely overwhelmed by it. Francis is utterly brilliant (and quite droll too – see previous post) but I never thought I could finish that book. I took copious notes and just gave up.
Visiting Fruitlands made me pick it up again. And now I only have 70+ pages left. But you can see how many more notes I will be taking!
Here are some other posts I did on this book way back when:
- Tidbits of news, and beginning a trip to Fruitlands
- Diving into Transcendentalism via Fruitlands
- The essence of Fruitlands: a return to the Garden of Eden
I need to finish reading this book plus at least Marmee & Louisa before December 1st. Wish me luck!
And I will be sharing many things with you soon.
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