Louisa May Alcott as grief counselor (on the fifth anniversary of this blog)

My obsession with Louisa played out in a rather odd way. Never a big reader until a few years ago, I’d find myself reading a biographical account of Louisa’s life (rather than read her own words) every few years. This began after reading Martha Saxton’s biography. After the reading (usually done during the autumn months) …

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One year old today! Celebrating with a special gift for you!

I recently watched again the PBS film Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women  and thoroughly enjoyed it.  To see Louisa portrayed on the small screen is just as thrilling as ever. This reminded me of how I started my blog 1 year ago today after reading the book. What a wonderful year it …

Louisa the actress: meet her idol, Fanny Kemble

Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of  The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott (now available in paperback), wrote an article recently about Fanny Kemble, a 19th century actress whom Louisa May Alcott greatly admired. There's a wonderful scene in Lost Summer where Louisa gets to perform in front of Kemble and I could just feel the …

“The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott” given honor by the ALA

I am pleased to report that Kelly O'Connor McNees' debut novel, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, has been included on the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer Project 2011 list of "well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content." Her novel was listed in the category intended for young adults. You can read more …

Vote for Lost Summer on the Goodreads site

I received this message from Kelly O'Connor McNees: I hate to bother you again so soon after my last email, but I had to spread some exciting news: The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction of 2010! Voting is easy. Just visit this …

An interview with author Kelly O’Connor McNees

One of my favorite new books about Louisa May Alcott is The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. This is not a standard biography but a flight of fancy - a historical novel based on a period in Louisa's life where there is a notable gap in her journal writings and letters. Author Kelly O'Connor …

A review of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

This review is way overdue! The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, the debut novel of Kelly O'Connor McNees, was the book that began my current reading binge last May. My husband, bless his heart, found this book and bought it for me and I will always be grateful. The Lost Summer of Louisa May …