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Review of A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women

A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women by Deborah Noyes Middle School, High School    Schwartz & Wade/Random    304 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-525-64623-5    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64624-2    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64625-9    $11.99 Before he actually had children, Bronson Alcott wondered, “Can parents limit ­outside influences and raise a perfect...

Happens to the best of us

If even Marmee can lose her cool...And what are you reading (or watching) during School Vacation Week? Read more about Little Women, including "Jo March Is Me" by Mitali Perkins, "Saving Sisters: Little Women, The Hunger Games, and Frozen" by Jeannine Atkins, "Was Jo March a Ravenclaw? Authors, Fans, and Who Makes the Rules"...

Little Women movie

Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 classic is by far the most inventive (constructed out of chronological order, with constant flashbacks and flash forwards); the most meta (with Jo March herself cast as the author of Little Women, and with an audacious twist at the end regarding Professor Bhaer); the most political...

The Book That Changed My Life: Jo March Is Me

Thank goodness we live in a literary era when cultural and racial identities are seen as important mirrors in stories. That wasn’t true when I came of age. Maybe that’s why it feels odd to confess that Jo March in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was such a profound influence...

Saving Sisters: Little Women, The Hunger Games, and Frozen

Those who treasure Little Women often praise the rebel at its center or its theme of sisterhood. Louisa May Alcott helped build domestic realism with a novel set largely around a Massachusetts hearth during the Civil War, but she also might be credited with having the audacity to write a...


[In anticipation of The CW’s forthcoming "gritty" adaptation of Little Women]My name is Jo March. My home is Concord, Massachusetts. I live with my mother and three sisters while my father fights in the war.No, even that’s wrong.My name is Jo March. My home is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My half-sisters and...

Was Jo March a Ravenclaw? Authors, Fans, and Who Makes the Rules

Little Women illustration by Barbara Cooney (1955). Scarf composite by Charlotte Reber and Lolly Robinson.What are Harry Potter’s kids up to? Should Jo have married Professor Bhaer? Could Bella Swan have depended less on Edward? For many readers, part of being a fan is the desire to know more than...

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