Come and visit a village in Louisa’s time

My husband and I spent a lovely day at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA. Old Sturbridge Village is an authentic recreation of a New England village in the 1830s. Louisa was born in 1832 and lived most of her life in New England so I thought you'd like to see pictures I took of …

Louisa creates the perfect man for Jo (and herself?)

At least that's my take on Professor Bhaer. And what a sweetheart she's created! Kind, gentle, a lover of children . . . an intellectual who can challenge her mind and create stimulating conversation . . . a confidant . . . someone with the courage to be virtuous and defend it . . .  …

We have a winner!

You people are good! I barely had the question up an hour when I got a correct response. Our winner of Harriet Reisen's Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women is Mia, also known as Emilija Knezevic and she is from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Truly, Louisa May Alcott's fame and influence reach around the …

Be the first to answer this question correctly and win a free book!

Harriet Reisen's excellent biography, Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women, has just been released in paperback and I have a free copy to give away!  This is an wonderful book and even if you've read scores of other bios on Louisa and her family, you will learn something new here. Reisen's book gave …

Awesome reflection on Little Women from one of you!

Yesterday I saw comments from a new reader, Jillian, where she posted a link to her amazing reflection on Little Women. This is a must read - see it on her blog. She's set a goal of reading 250 great works of literature. Best of luck with that, Jillian: I'll follow your progress. 🙂 I can't …

A milestone – Over 100 comments!

Thank you to all the readers of this blog for such a lively and thoughtful discussion. We just surpassed 100 comments and the blog has only been in existence since August 13th! I am so thrilled with the quality of comments coming from you. It's good after all these years of being a closet Alcott …

Amy wins the day, and Jo pays the price

In Chapter 30 of Little Women, "Consequences," Amy for the first time became a fleshed out character for me and I liked her very much. Having May Alcott A Memoir so fresh on my mind, I could see for the first time what May Alcott was really like. No memoir could describe her quite the …