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Louisa May Alcott by Harriet Reisen
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Jun 26, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from June 05 to 23, 2011

I am inspired by the life of Louisa May Alcott! Reisen's account of her life left nothing out, and I learned many things I didn't know about LMA. All I really knew about her prior to reading this book was that she wrote Little Women (and other popular children's novels) and she is a card in the game Authors.

I have always loved Little Women ... it has been my favorite book since the day I read it as a young girl. Actually my mother read the story to me the first time, and I then reread it several more times throughout my childhood. I regret not having read it to my own daughters, but during those years, I was a part-time student and waitress along with being a mother of four. It was Little Women which inspired me to read John Bunyan's book Pilgrim's Progress. I think the scene that touched me the most was Beth's death. I cried for at least a week after this character left behind her beloved family for the celestial city. I truly felt Jo's pain from the loss and now know that Louisa wrote from experience. While reading about Beth/Lizzie's actual death, the tears came back fresh. In fact, while reading about LMA's life, I felt sadness during the many hard times and with every loss she experienced. Louisa was a strong woman and worked hard to be independent. She worked as nurse in the Civil War, leaving Hospital Sketches as a memoir of those days.
I have added Alcott's thrillers and other books to my to-read list, and am looking forward to consuming them. This biography is a must-read for anyone who is a fan of Little Women! Those who have never read LMA before will also enjoy learning about this woman and the times she lived in.

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