New bio on Louisa May Alcott out November 4

Susan Cheever is releasing her latest book, a biography on Louisa called Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography. You can find out more about this new book at her website. She is going to be making personal appearances in the New York and New England area ( I plan to be there on November 13 …

Updates to blog pages

Be sure and check out all the new books I added to My Growing Library after I went on a shopping spree! No less than 11 new books (almost all at bargain prices, what fun!). I've put an * next to books I've either read or are in the middle of reading. Slow going but …

Setting the stage for a major disappointment

Louisa knew she was about to inflict a major blow on her fans. Countless girls had implored and demanded that Jo and Laurie be married, but the stubborn author refused to give in. She never wanted Jo to marry in the first place but figured she'd create a "funny match for her" instead (see my …

Our winner just got her book :-)

Here's our winner, Mia, with her copy of Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriett Reisen.  Her kitten, Pupi, is reading with her. 🙂 Here's what she said about it: "I got the book yesterday, some, let's see 28 hours ago. I love it! Started reading from the very first page and …

Want to know more about Louisa? Lots of new links added to this site

Be sure and check out a new page added to the Louisa May Alcott is My Passion blog known as Other Sites of Interest. Here you will find links to brief biographies, bibliographies, commentary (both modern and from contemporaries), news articles from the NY Times archives, critical essays and even an Alcott Challenge! I can't …

Jo’s choice

In Chapter 34, "A Friend," Jo makes not one but two choices. One is exceedingly difficult, the other flows from the first. The choice most commented upon is her decision to give up writing sensational thrillers. Modern feminist critics look to this chapter as a death of sort, of Jo's independent self (see Little Women …

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 …