Podcast interview with Wini Moranville, author of “The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family”

I recently spoke with food writer Wini Moranville about her cookbook and the role of food in Little Women. It was a fascinating discussion which I am sharing with you as a podcast.   Also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3sCDGhWnBM The article referred to in the podcast is "Strawberries and Salt: Culinary Hazards and Moral Education …

Follow-up on Walpole post – Welcome to the home of Dr. Henry Bellows

Ray Boas, Walpole, NH town historian, shared with me 4 photos of the interior of the home Dr. Henry Bellows resided in during the summer months, beginning in 1854. His permanent residence was in New York City where he ministered at the First Congregational (Unitarian) church in New York City. Mr. Boas believes that the …

Exciting news from Walpole, NH, home to the Alcotts in the mid 1850s

Back in 2016, I visited Walpole, NH, home to the Alcott family from 1855-1857. Accompanied by Alcott scholar Dr. Kristi Martin, we had the pleasure of meeting Ray Boas, Walpole's town historian. He gave us a lovely tour of the town, pointing out the homes where Louisa and Anna had performed with the Walpole Amateur …

Writing for magazines and websites (just as Louisa May Alcott did)

Wishing to have articles published in magazines and on websites, I did some research online. Magazine writing was, of course, Louisa May Alcott's bread and butter, even after her success with Little Women. After spending about an hour searching with Google, I found that there are many possibilities both in print publications and websites for …

Book review: Treat yourself to these delicious Little Women cookbooks

First, a disclaimer: I am no cook. And my diet regimen does not permit a lot of these foods (unfortunately). However, as someone who loves to eat, I did find the recipes in both of these books to be very tempting; I was quite hungry by the time I finished going through them. For devotees …

Ode to Louisa May Alcott

This wonderful poem, written by Deborah Nandan, sums up the life and legacy of Louisa May Alcott beautifully and succinctly. If you enlarge your view on your computer screen, you should be able to read it.   Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and never miss a post! …

Only Gossip Prospers Blog Tour – a new novel about Louisa May Alcott and her time in New York City

This new historical novel on Louisa May Alcott looks promising! Will be reviewing soon.

Pink Umbrella Books is excited to announce the Only Gossip Prospers blog tour, which will run December 10-20, 2019. Interested bloggers should email us at pinkumbrellabooks@gmail.com or post in the comments below.

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About the Book:

In late 1875 Louisa May Alcott spent a winter in New York City.  Her journals give a rough sketch of the people she met, the salons she attended and a few outings that she enjoyed. She intended to stay “until I am tired of it,” but left abruptly in mid-January.

Filled with biographical references to Louisa’s family, New Yorkers of the time and Alcott’s literary works, Only Gossip Prospers intertwines the real people Louisa met, the actual events of New York City and a host of fictional characters who inhabit a world that Louisa herself would recognize.  Written in a style reminiscent of Alcott’s juvenile fiction and short adventure stories, the book is part historical…

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