“The Orchard House” by Heidi Chiavaroli is a compelling read (review and Q and A with the author)

Two sisters, Taylor and Victoria, discover an old manuscript of poems tucked away behind a wall on the site of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, MA. The mysterious woman, who wrote the lines over 150 years ago, shared a strong connection with Alcott. The poet would never know the life-changing influence of her …

A Worse Place than Hell: John Matteson’s Personally Guided Odyssey through the Civil War

  John Matteson did not win the Pulitzer Prize for his first book, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Father, simply because he wrote a good biography. At the time, Eden's Outcasts was an ambitious effort of a dual biography, exploring the lives of daughter and father while also analyzing their …

Book review: “A Worse Place than Hell” by John Matteson

The Lives of 5 Historical Figures Intersect in A Worse Place Than Hell A Worse Place Than Hell is a masterpiece, a must-read.  Find out more on my BookTrib.com review:     Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and never miss a post! Keep up with news and free …

Recently uncovered story by a teenaged Louisa May Alcott creating quite the buzz

How would you like to be the author that finishes a story started by Louisa May Alcott? And be published in a prominent magazine? Read on ... Many of you are probably aware of a story written by then 17-year-old Louisa May Alcott uncovered at the Houghton Library and published in the current issue of …

Book review: “Meg and Jo” by Virginia Kantra

I am pleased to present this guest post by Kristi Lynn Martin, PhD: her review of this novel based on Little Women. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Virginia Kantra’s Meg and Jo: A Contemporary Retelling of Little Women  (New York: Berkley, 2019) is a modern retelling …

Photo of half-brother of John Suhre (of Hospital Sketches) discovered

I am happy to share a discovery made by John Matteson, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father.  My thanks to him for sharing the following photo. John writes, "This is the photograph of Michael C. Lowry, the half-brother of John Suhre. Michael was also killed at …

Podcast interview with Lorraine Tosiello on her debut novel, “Only Gossip Prospers: A Novel of Louisa May Alcott in New York”

Here is an engaging interview with Lorraine Tosiello, MD, who has authored her first novel, Only Gossip Prospers: A Novel of Louisa May Alcott in New York.   Also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pq0pdL7QfjM You can connect with Lorraine on   Instagram. Check out Pink Umbrella Books for interviews and the full blog tour for Only Gossip …

Book review: “Only Gossip Prospers: A Novel of Louisa May Alcott in New York” by Lorraine Tosiello

Lorraine Tosiello, MD, has been a practicing internist in New York and New Jersey for 38+ years, specializing in infectious diseases. She has dedicated her professional life to the care of people with HIV. You could say it is a passion of hers, one that a certain 19th century author would have approved of wholeheartedly. …

Podcast interview with Jenne Bergstrom and Miko Osada, authors of “The Little Women Cookbook: Novel Takes on Classic Recipes from Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Friends”

Here is a wonderful interview with two librarians, who, because they love making food from their favorite stories, authored The Little Women Cookbook: Novel Takes on Classic Recipes from Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Friends.    Also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ptZVV0V4IoA You can connect with Jenne and Miko on their website, 36eggs.com; they are also …

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 …