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 …

A behind-the-scenes view of the Little Women movie

The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery are holding their 14th annual Breakfast Event at the Colonial Inn on April 4th, 8:30am to 10am. The featured speaker is Tim Gorman, Location Manager for the Oscar-winning Little Women movie. As you know, it was filmed entirely in MA -- Mr. Gorman will describe the various settings and …

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 …

“Little Women’s Infinite Playlist” — my interview on BookTrib regarding the many Little Women adaptations

I am pleased to have been interviewed for this story for BookTrib on the new Little Women movie plus previous adaptations: Here's a tease - the article is by Joanna Poncavage: Young women of every generation, at some point, will stare at themselves in a mirror and ask: Who am I, who will I become? …

Movie Review: Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” is a thought-provoking and daring take on the classic novel

**SPOILER ALERT** Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has been a staple in family libraries for the last 150 years, passed down from generation to generation. Emerging from the story are timeless themes: becoming your best self, sisterhood and the bonds of family, and the difficult passage from childhood to adulthood. Beneath the seemingly mundane exploits …

“Little Women” for today: Gabrielle Donnelly interviews Greta Gerwig, writer and director

Note: I am pleased to present this guest post by Gabrielle Donnelly, author of The Little Women Letters. Donnelly is an entertainment journalist and she had the chance recently to sit down with Greta Gerwig, writer and director of the latest Little Women movie. *********************************** Writer and director Greta Gerwig’s last film was the acclaimed …

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. …

Book Review: “Little Women: The Official Movie Companion”

I am pleased to present this guest post review by Niina Niskanen who has frequently left thoughtful comments on this blog. The premiere of the new Little Women feature film is approaching and recently a movie companion written by Gina McIntyre was released with beautiful photographs taken from the set by Wilson Webb. The book …

Year-long Louisa May Alcott Readalong premieres on YouTube

I am pleased to announce a year-long initiative created by Meghan Hanet and Kate Howe called A Year with Louisa May Alcott Readalong, hosted on YouTube. Each month (from November, 2019 through September, 2020) Meghan and Kate will cover a work by Alcott, conducting a discussion group via their "BookTube" channel. The introductory video outlines …