Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Giveaway: Louise May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

We are very excited to announce that we are hosting a giveaway of Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Riesen.We are also excited to announce that next week, we will have a guest post from the author, and we will announce the winner of this contest on the day of the guest post.

I remember reading the Little Women books when I was a teenager and loving the story of the March family and this is a good chance to find out more about the author behind this beloved series.
The lucky winner of this contest will win a copy of the book directly from the publisher.


In a fresh, modern take on the remarkable Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Reisen’s vivid biography explores the author’s life in the context of her works, many of which are to some extent autobiographical. Although Alcott secretly wrote pulp fiction, harbored radical abolitionist views, and served as a Civil War nurse, her novels went on to sell more copies than those of Herman Melville and Henry James. Stories and details culled from Alcott’s journals, together with revealing letters to family, friends, and publishers, plus recollections of her famous contemporaries provide the basis for this lively account of the author’s classic rags-to-riches tale. In Louisa May Alcott, the extraordinary woman behind the beloved American classic Little Women is revealed as never before.


Giveaway open to US address only
One entry per person.
To enter leave a comment, including your email address so we can contact the winner.
Contest closes 26 October 2010.


  1. My maternal grandma (a Smith!) has roots in New England back to the 1600s . . . these "Little Women" allow me to "visit" those ancestors during the years of the war between the states . . . vickie . everhart @ gmail . com [remove the extra spaces] . . .

  2. I'm a big fan of Louisa May Alcott. First read Little Women when I was in 5th grade, and then several more times before adulthood. I'd love to read more about this wonderful author. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I love Louisa May Alcott--I re-read Little Women every few years :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    hyalineblue079 at yahoo dot com.

  4. I would love to receive this book! I'm at Thanks!

  5. Definitely have to throw my name in for this! marie1200 at gmail dot com.

  6. Thanks for the opportunity. I read Little Women when I was about 8 years old, quickly followed by Good Wives, Jo's Boys and Little Men. Since then, I've reread the novels many times, but Little Women remains a favourite. :)

  7. Growing up, I loved all her books. My family lived in Concord in the 19th century, and knew the Alcots, especially the girls. I always felt a special connection to her.

  8. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! This book sounds like a great way to explore Little Women & Louisa May Alcott more.

    ajlw96 at yahoo dot com

  9. I've visited Orchard House where the Alcotts lived. I'd love to read this biography.


  10. Like many others, I loved Little Women, too. I'd love to read about Louisa May Alcott.

  11. Sign me up, I would love to read this. Thanks for hosting!!

    HistFicChick AT gmail DOT com.

  12. Oh I would love to read this, thanks for the great giveaway!


  13. I grew up one town over from Louisa, so she was a rich part of my childhood. I would love a chance to win this book and read more about her.


  14. "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women" is a fascinating biography into the life of the author of the classic "Little Women," and also an in-depth look at her family. Reisen provides an extremely complete picture of Louisa's unusual childhood, and how it influenced her later publications.

    The beginning of the book focuses on her father, Bronson Alcott, an unusual man for his time; he was one of the early Transcendentalists, and counted Emerson and Thoreau among his friends. Bronson focused on philosophy, experimental teaching, and lecturing rather than supporting his family; the Alcotts moved over twenty times while Louisa was a child. Often a wild, unruly child, Louisa had a rocky relationship with her father, but was a mini clone of her mother. It was Abby Alcott, Louisa's mother, who encouraged her to write as a way to express her feelings.