12 thoughts on “Contact Susan

  1. Joe Breen says:

    I just finished reading “Hospital Sketches”….. I can’t tell you how much I loved it. I laughed straight through the first two chapters (where she described her journey to the hospital) and then cried through the hospital scenes…. Louisa’s writing is an enigma to me. How she can write with both dry humor and aching warmth at the same time baffles me.


    • susanwbailey says:

      Critics say this is when Louisa found her true voice, in realism. Hospital Sketches is a wonderful book filled with her sharp humor and poignant remembrances. I’ve stated a few times on this blog that some of her best writing is about death because she was not afraid to stare it straight in the eye and embrace the profound truths it reveals. Louisa’s writing gift was not so much artistry as it was a well-honed craft; she had an amazing ability to adapt to different genres. I would highly recommend that you read Madeleine Stern’s Louisa May Alcott A Biography – there’s a link to where you can find it on Amazon on the My Growing Library page of this blog. Glad you so enjoyed Hospital Sketches!

  2. Joe Breen says:

    I haven’t read the Stern Bio yet, but it’s the next one. I’ve read “The Woman Behind Little Women” and “Eden’s Outcasts”– both of which were terrific (although neither of them made me think very highly of Bronson Alcott).

  3. Ginger says:

    What if Beth March had lived? Read “Concord,” an e-book by Ginger Rapsus, available at Amazon.

  4. Eileen says:

    We just visited the Fruitlands Museum and I am interested in sharing some more information about it with my kids. I found the book Becoming Little Women which I think would interest them but am curious what specifically it addresses in the book that you mention in your review as too current and adult. I’d appreciate any info you can provide.

  5. Daniel Bunton says:

    I stumbled across a very cool book online last year. It’s called Little Women Letters From the House of Alcott and it’s a compilation of some of the Alcotts’ journal entries. The book was put together by Jessie Bonstelle and Marian De Forest.

    Have you seen or read this book? It really let’s you see into their lives and minds. I don’t know of too many books featuring the Alcotts’ words other than those from Louisa May.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed and I hope you enjoy it as well!

  6. Daniel Bunton says:

    I know it’s been forever since I wrote about this topic and I offer my apologies for forgetting and failing to respond. As to how I got the book I managed to find it online at Amazon (I think it was Amazon at least and found two hard copies there.

  7. rachel says:

    Hi Susan,
    I love your blog! Almost – almost! – as much as I love Louisa May. Honestly it was such a blessing to stumble on this and find kindred spirits! Little Women has always been my favourite book, I reread it every year at Christmas, though I do love most of Louisa’s books. The Marches are like family though ;) anyway enough rhapsodising. I’m following your blog and look forward to getting to “know” you a little better in future :)

    • susanwbailey says:

      Thank you, so glad you can join us. I am soon to begin a series of posts on a wonderful new book called The Afterlife of Little Women – fascinating read on the impact of this book over the last 147 years. Looking forward to your comments! :-)

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