Don’t miss the special exhibit of rare artifacts at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

On Thursday I toured Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. I was anxious to see the artifacts pictured in The Annotated Little Women, edited by John Matteson and took a vacation day to see them as November can get swallowed up in holiday preparations. If you live anywhere near Concord and can get to this exhibit, …

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Wonderful audio series on YouTube by The Barrow bookstore in Concord

Looking for a first edition volume of Jo's Boys? Perhaps you've been searching for works done by friends of the Concord authors or biographers whose books are hard to find. Maybe you want an older copy of Walden by Thoreau or Nature by Emerson. For antique books by the Concord authors, The Barrow Bookstore in Concord, …

Yet another big announcement, and you can be a part of it!

I've been sitting on some pretty exciting news. Along with the release of River of Grace this October, I also have another book in the works, commissioned by a different publisher. And this one is all about Louisa May Alcott! The book will be launched in January of 2016. The publisher is ACTA; this book …

Louisa May Alcott loved cats and so do I – Helping out cats, kittens and people with a special book

Since Louisa May Alcott loved cats (and I love Louisa), I wanted to share with you a book I recently self-published known as The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One on sale now for $19.95 to raise funds for an extraordinary no-kill cat shelter known as Purrfect Pals. Before encountering Purrfect Pals I would have …

Honoring our mothers on Mother’s Day as Louisa honored her Marmee

To Mother I hope that soon, dear mother, You and I may be In the quiet room my fancy Has so often made for thee, - The pleasant, sunny chamber, The cushioned easy-chair, The book laid for your reading, The vase of flowers fair; The desk beside the window Where the sun shines warm and …

Louisa’s poetic tribute to her mother reveals beautiful insights on death

I have long maintained that Louisa's most poignant writing revolves around death as evidenced in Beth March's passing in Little Women and John Suhre's noble death in Hospital Sketches. Recently I found a blog post on the SevenPonds site that states so eloquently the very thoughts I've harbored about Louisa's insights into death - that it …

Louisa may be most revealing through her poetry

Think the best way to "know" Louisa is through her stories? Some think her poetry is more revealing. I discovered a wonderful post exploring Louisa's poetry by teacher and writer KarenTBTEN on Squidoo. She opens her post with the following: Who was Louisa May Alcott? In the introduction to The Poems of Louisa May Alcott, …