Marmee’s legacy: the making of a mother in Little Women

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This is for all mothers who have ever sought to love our children well, had days when we’ve failed and cried, and got up the next day to try again. Twenty years after my first reading of Little Women, these are the things I still love about Marmee. Continue reading

Beth March’s legacy: the bashful beauty of Little Women

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Twenty years after the first time I read Little Women, I’m still discovering new things within it that astonish me. I re-read this beloved classic for the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge and have been struck afresh by things I hadn’t fully comprehended about Beth March until now – things that challenge me as to what true beauty is. Continue reading

Finding gems in The woman behind Little Women

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The woman behind Little Women is a brilliantly written and deeply researched biography that neatly straddles the line between empathy with the various people who appear and rigorous consideration of the historical, social and economic contexts they navigated. Continue reading

Jo March’s legacy: musing over The Little Women Letters

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An irresistibly disarming novel, The Little Women Letters is the story of a year in the life of the Atwater sisters Emma, Lulu and Sophie and their mother Fee, direct descendants of Jo March from Little Women. Continue reading

The worlds of Little Women: LMA challenge reading list

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As those who’ve read The Courtship of Jo March have probably worked out, I have a penchant for alternate histories, parallel universes… Thus the books on this list explore some of the worlds of Little Women – books I hope to read for the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge. Continue reading