(1864) "Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus."--Ralph Waldo Emerson. --
A Sequel to Little Women (1886) Louisa May Alcott continues the story of her feisty protagonist Jo in this final novel chronicling the adventures and misadventures of the March family. Entertaining, surprising, and overall a joy to read, Jo's Boys is nevertheless shaded by a bittersweet tone, for with it Alcott brought her wonderful series to an end. Proudly witnessing the coming-of-age of rebellious Dan, sailor Emil, and musician Nat, Jo and her husband, Professor Bhaer, preside over their school while encountering shipwreck, storm, disappointment, and murder. Sometimes this book makes you cry and sometimes makes you laugh. If you are reading it for the first time it introduces you to a new world, the world of wonder i.e the world of books with pupils from the Plumfield coming back. Happy reading!--Submitted by Eina
(1871) What a magnificent story this is! It gives the real meaning of education, and how to be friends with others. The characters are best.--Submitted by jasepel. ~ This book shows the life of the boys and how they are brought up; and how they bring joy as well as troubles, faults, and happiness.The third book shows how Jo, after inheriting the house, runs it in her own way occasionally needing help from the good old Professor. She models the boys not only to be good in studies but to be good human beings.--Submitted by Anonymous. ~ This story tells us about the time when Jo's grand aunt gives Jo her big house after she us dead. Jo turns the house into a school for boys and helps to become better boys and also brings a few girls along.--Submitted by Anonymous ~ From the eyes of a boy named Nat, Jo and Mr Bhaer's school is shown through all the adventures of the children living there-from Daisy's mysterious new toys to Rob and Nan getting lost while picking huckleberries, Little Men is an enjoyable book for adults and children alike.--Submitted by Anonymous
Little Women or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). Written and published in two parts in 1868 and 1869, the novel follows the lives of four sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March — and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first part of the book was an immediate commercial and critical success and prompted the composition of the book's second part, also a huge success. Both parts were first published as a single volume in 1880. The book is an unquestioned American classic.
This is a lovely and heart rending tale about the March family--a family who loses its wealth and gains much more--love and unity. Young girls are only human, and they have a natural yearning for worldly possessions. It is up to them how they cope with it, which brings us back to the March girls. Their desire to help others even when they don't have much themselves is indeed remarkable. This book shows how in all times, love and hope are the most faithful companions, for when all else fails ... we can depend on them. Honest and true intentions are really the most valuable possessions one can have. And this novel shows us the beauty of simplicity and the importance of the small human deeds that count even though they cannot be visibly seen. Some might not like this story but the unique thing about it is that it is based on a completely true story of Louisa M. Alcott's own life. The unlikely twists in this story make it only more human, since we are humans and we cannot evade such scenes in our life.--Submitted by Fatimah ~ The March family is having a difficult time while their Dad is at war but even when times are bad Meg, (oldest) Jo, (second oldest) Beth (second youngest)and Amy (youngest) still have heaps of fun, make new friends, in the end fall in love, and find out that not every thing has to be glamorous as long as you have a loving family and friends in your life.--Submitted by Maddison Smith ~
A Second Series of Stories from Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag. (1895) ~
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A Sequel to Eight Cousins (1876) The story of a nineteenth-century girl, Rose Campbell, finding her way in society.Rose Campbell, the heroine of the story, is sweet, kind, pretty, and ambitious. She is an heiress just come of age, and struggles with the many suitors she attracts by learning to judge love versus those who regard her only as 'a good match'. Rose in Bloom is a sweet novel in Louisa May Alcott's inimitable style. In this book, Rose Campbell of 'Eight Cousins' returns from a voyage overseas to find life changed a good deal. Now an heiress and also of marriageable age, Rose finds many travails awaiting at her doorstep. Tragedy strikes, love shines forth, and the rosebud finally blooms into a Rose, fine, sweet and true.--Submitted by Anonymous
(1880) Two inseparable friends, Jack and Jill's bond is tested by a serious sledding accident. But with the encouragement of friends and family, they resolve not to let the misfortune ruin the holiday season.
Under the Lilacs relates the adventures of Ben Brown, his performing poodle Sancho, and the two young girls who feed and care for them after the boy and dog run away from the circus.
Based on Alcott's service as a nurse during the American Civil War; first published in 1863.
Polly Milton is the new face of the girl who everyone calls Polly Pure, even if she is from the Victorian era. Being the country girl with her city cousins, Polly just can't seem to fit in. She means well, but she isn't just the image of high fashion; much to the dismay of her hostess, Fran. She doesn't do her hair right, she doesn't know enough about foreign languages, and she dresses so plainly that she could look just as fashionable in a potato sack, at least to Fran. Polly somehow finds a way to overlook all of her "shortcomings" and try her best to be herself in the environment she is in. Louisa May Alcott takes readers on an adventure as Polly goes through thick in thin with the main characters of this book: Fran, Tom, and Maud. She's harassed, but she perseveres. She's tricked, but she laughs about it. And most of all, she shows everyone how charming an old fashioned, sweet personality can be. After reading An Old Fashioned Girl, you may find yourself pondering becoming a bit more like Polly yourself.--Submitted by Christine Hazel Mott. --
Originally published in 1872, this novel, inspired by Alcott's own life, explores issues of social justice, women's rights, and their roles beyond the family. To My Mother, Whose Life Has Been A Long Labor Of Love, This Book Is Gratefully Inscribed By Her Daughter This book is a truly beautiful book based on the author's own sweet and bitter experiences with life. In the time before and after the civil war, this book uncovers the changes in women's work in the new industrial era. It tells the story of a young woman trying to support herself in spite of all the odds against her. The main character's name is Christie Devon. She starts with several odd jobs but ends up being an activist giving a new voice to the women. The character of David Sterling is based on Alcott's friend Henry David Thoreau. This book brings in you a new spirit to bring a change so make sure that you read it. Happy reading.--Submitted by Aalima
(1892) As grandmothers rummage their piece-bags and bundles in search of gay odds and ends to make gifts with which to fill the little stockings that hang all in a row on Christmas Eve, so I have gathered together some stories, old and new, to amuse the large family that has so rapidly and beautifully grown up about me. I hope that when they promenade in night-caps and gowns to rifle the plump stockings, the little 'dears' will utter an 'Oh!' of pleasure, and give a prance of satisfaction, as they pull out this small gift from Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag.--Christmas Holidays, 1871-72. --
and Other Stories from Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag. (1879) SIR JOSEPH PORTER, K.C.B.: I am the monarch of the Sea, The ruler of the Queen's Navee,-- When at anchor here I ride, My bosom swells with pride, And I snap my fingers at a foeman's taunts. COUSIN HEBE: And so do his sisters, and his cousins, and his aunts His sisters and his cousins! Whom he reckons by the dozens, And his aunts! RALPH RACKSTRAW: "I am the lowliest tar That sails the water. And you, proud maiden, are My captain's daughter." JOSEPHINE: "Refrain, audacious tar. Your suit from pressing; Remember what you are, And whom addressing." LITTLE BUTTERCUP: For I am called Little Buttercup,--dear Little Buttercup, Though I never could tell why; But still I'm called Buttercup,--poor Little Buttercup, Sweet Little Buttercup I! CAPTAIN CORCORAN: Fair moon, to thee I sing Bright regent of the heavens; Say, why is every thing Either at sixes or at sevens! BILL BOBSTAY, THE BOS'N: He is an Englishman! For he himself has said it, And it's greatly to his credit That he is an Englishman. DICK DEADEYE: "I'm ugly too, aint I?" ~
Writing under pseudonym A.M. Barnard, this `blood and thunder' thriller was published in 1863.
A mystery-thriller, published in 1867.