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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    Truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction -- MUCH, MUCH stranger!

    I simply have to say Susan Cheever's incredible biography on the life of Louisa May Alcott left me wondering why anybody bothers to read (or write) fiction?? Cheever's thoroughly documented account of the amazing life of the woman who became famous world wide for writing a book she had to be badgered for YEARS into finally putting on paper (LITTLE WOMEN) is, in my opinion, far, far more fascinating and absorbing than many fictional stories and novels that Alcott, herself, wrote before or after LITTLE WOMEN. Not only does this biographer present the facts of Alcott's existence, which began with her birth in 1832 and ended with her death in 1888, in a compelling, absorbing fashion, she also allows us to become reacquainted (or meet for the first time) many other famous authors, poets, essayists and philosophers of the 19th century, whose lives, for better or for worse, touched Alcott's at various points during her incredible 56 yrs. on this planet earth. Cheever, who claims it took TEN years of HER life to pull this biography together, also does a remarkable job of making certain historical events of the times come viscerally alive -- like what it must actually have FELT like to work as an untrained nurse in a makeshift Union hospital, as Alcott volunteered to do, for the men wounded in the Civil War, where Louisa, herself, nearly becomes a casualty. I'd recommend this book to every female over the age of ten. Whether or not you've ever read LITTLE WOMEN, or any other story written by Louisa May Alcott, I guarantee this story of her life will leave you feeling a little extra proud to be a member of the female gender and also to feel extraordinarily thankful that you weren't born in the 19th century!

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Interesting

    I enjoyed the book very much. It's also an inside look into American history.

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