Little Women summer reading with Orchard House

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“Your reading list this summer – any Little Women related titles on it?” There are indeed Little Women-related titles on the list! What is funny is that even the titles that are not so directly linked to Little Women are connected to folks here at Orchard House. 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

16 books the March sisters read

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From the centuries-old Christian classic Pilgrim’s Progress, the romantic nineteenth century novels of Maria Edgeworth, Sir Walter Scott & Elizabeth Wetherell, to the calls of conscience in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the winsome humor of The Pickwick Papers… Little Women is replete with passing mentions of the books that came before, those that lent ballast to its pages. These are the books the March sisters read. Continue reading