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Author Event: Susan Cheever and *Louisa May Alcott*

Two weeks ago, on November 14, I had the great pleasure of attending an event with Susan Cheever and her latest book, Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography.  Full disclosure: the event was at our Concord Bookshop (my employer!).

I enjoyed this reading as a member of the very full audience; my friend Kristine sat with [...]

Concord celebrates 375 years

It has been a busy weekend in our little town!  Concord, Mass. was incorporated on September 12, 1635, and the townspeople are pulling out all the stops to celebrate our 375th birthday.  I know that may not sound like much to European readers of this blog, but, it’s a lot of years around here (and [...]

Where did I come from?

Did you think this post would be about the birds and the bees?!  Sorry to disappoint you, it’s about the book and the blogger!

The name of my blog is taken from a line in a novel by Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience.  When people asked what the book was about, I’d have [...]

On the road to Louisa May Alcott’s *Orchard House*

When out-of-town friends come to visit for the first time, one of the places on the “must see” list is Orchard House.  This is where Louisa May Alcott’s family lived for about 20 years in the mid- to late-1800s.

Her father, Amos Bronson Alcott, named the house for the 12 acres of apple orchards on their [...]

Who is too fond of books?

I live in Concord, Mass., a town about 20 miles west of Boston.  Rich in revolutionary and literary history, it has been home to Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Alcott family.  The quote “She is too fond of books and it has addled her brain” is from Work:  A Story of [...]