Scribbles, Sorrows, and Russet Leather Boots: The Life of Louisa May Alcott

by Liz Rosenberg | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0763694355 Global Overview for this book
Registered by gypsysmom of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 9/11/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by gypsysmom from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, September 11, 2021
This book was offered on the LibraryThing Early Readers list in August 2021 and I was lucky enough to win a copy.

Journal Entry 2 by gypsysmom at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, July 11, 2022
I read all of Louisa May Alcott's books as a child or young adult. I also read March by Geraldine Brooks, which is a book about the father of the little women and his experiences during the Civil War. So when LibraryThing offered this book for their Early Reviewer draw I put in a request and received it.

This book is subtitled "The Life of Louisa May Alcott" but it really is the story of the whole Alcott family. What I didn't realize until I read this biography is how much the family in Little Women was based upon the Alcott family. The major difference is that Bronson Alcott did not go away to fight in the Civil War but he was mostly absent leaving his family to fend for themselves. If theres a villain in this book it would probably be Bronson. As a gentleman he couldn't see himself working for others but he could never make enough money as a teacher or a speaker to support his family. This never seemed to really bother him and so it was up to Mrs. Alcott and later the two older girls to work. But of course they were also ill-suited for employment other than being a governess or a companion. Fortunately Louisa parlayed her writing ability into a very good lifelihood. The Alcott girls were blessed to have Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne as close family friends which certainly gave them intellectual riches even if their material goods were lacking.

This book is aimed at ages 10 to 14 but personally I would offer it to the latter ages as there are some difficult concepts to take in.

Released 3 mos ago (5/30/2023 UTC) at Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library Book Sale in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada


I am donating this book to the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library for their fall Big Book Sale.

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