Little Women, a Civil War-based novel about the four March sisters and derived from the life of its author, Louisa May Alcott, has been a classic for well over 100 years. As a result, much has been written about Alcott, both for adults and younger readers. Biographer and young adult writer Liz Rosenberg takes on the difficult task of adding to this canon, succeeding with her outstanding new book, Scribbles, Sorrows, and Russet Leather Boots: The Life of Louisa May Alcott (Candlewick).
Rosenberg brings a fresh and lively perspective to Alcott’s story. Although geared toward young adults (with the inclusion of bold illustrations by Diana Sudyka), anyone interested in Alcott’s life will find this book compelling and entertaining. Rosenberg’s penetrating insight gives even the most knowledgeable reader a reason to re-examine the facts. Although Rosenberg’s own voice is evident in the writing, her point of view does not interfere with the story but rather enhances it.
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