July 31, 2015

Recommendations for Louisa May Alcott Fans

If you are a fan of Louisa May Alcott, here's a quick list of five books to enjoy.

Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

There's no better place to start than by rereading the classic itself. Alcott's novel features Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March living in the Civil War-era North while their aged father leaves home to join in the ranks.


by Geraldine Brooks

Brooks' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel takes Alcott's original cast of characters and retells their story from Father March's point of view, portraying his experiences away from his wife, daughters, and home while fighting as a soldier during the peak of the Civil War

Civil War Hospital Sketches

by Louisa May Alcott

Less well known than her fiction, Sketches originally appeared under a pseudonym. The short volume features Alcott's experiences while volunteering as a Civil War nurse in an army hospital in Washington, D. C. during the winter of 1862-1863.

Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

by John Matteson

Matteson's book won the Pulitzer Prize for biography and details the often fraught relationship between these two key American figures, Louisa changing the literary scene with her writings for children while her father, Bronson, joined forces with Emerson and Thoreau but faced repeated failure and ridicule for his ventures.

Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother

by Eve LaPlante

NPR named Marmee & Louisa one of their Top Ten Books of 2012. Like Matteson, LaPlante scours primary resources to piece together the lives and relationship of these two influential American women, their strength, and their courage in the face of the Civil War.

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