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March | Geraldine Brooks
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize--a powerful love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War, from the author of The Secret Chord, coming from Viking in October 2015 From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story "filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man" (Sue Monk Kidd). With "pitch-perfect writing" (USA Today), Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks's place as a renowned author of historical fiction. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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underground_bks
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Mehso-so

Geraldine Brooks‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning March follows the absent patriarch of Louisa May Alcott‘s Little Women in his service as chaplain during the Civil War. While I appreciate Brooks‘ detailed historical contextualization and the point she makes about moral rigidity, I felt March lacked the warmth and beauty required to be persuasive as a counterpoint to its source of inspiration.

KarmonR I enjoyed March when I read it. I became a Brooks fan because of this book. I am not a big fan of Little Women, so that may be a factor in the way I approached the book. What about you? LW fan? 2mo
underground_bks @KarmonR definitely a Little Women fan, but I just felt like March was a cold book, maybe a little too literary and not enough beauty for me. 2mo
KarmonR I can understand that. Mr March was not particularly likable , if I remember correctly. He didn‘t seem to fit with the women of the March family. 2mo
underground_bks @KarmonR I also might be a little too invested in LW. But I just feel like the criticism of LW‘s moral rigidity in March is so blunt. I can‘t help it—I love the earnestness of LW and was missing it here. 2mo
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rachaich
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Pickpick

Oh my. I adored this. It's not only a gripping tale, it's superbly written and so historically intricate without being superior.
Definitely need to read more by her.

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rachaich
March. Geraldine Brooks | Geraldine Brooks
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Oooh looking forward to this book!

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Biverson12
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Day 5 (to make up for yesterday 😅) and 6 of #7days7covers #covercrush 🏔🏔🏔

For anyone who hasn‘t played yet, please join!

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Ellen_C
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Pickpick

Outstanding work of historical fiction that imagines what Mr. March — Marmee‘s husband & father to the “Little Women” — did during the civil war. Brooks provides incredible historical detail and a story of personal relationships between March, Marmee and slave named Grace. Won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006. I love Brooks‘ novels. They are so well researched and written. https://cannonballread.com/2019/09/march-elcicco/

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EadieB
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January Total books read - 15 - Total pages read - 7,322
February Total books read - 15 - Total pages read - 6,641
March Total books read - 17 - Total pages read - 7,052
Total so far 2019 - 47 books and 21,015 pages

xxjenadanxx How are you tracking your pages? 11mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 💖 11mo
EadieB @xxjenadanxx Goodreads tells you how many pages are in the book. I have a list on LibraryThing where I keep all the info of what I read each month. At the end of month I add the pages up and how many books. 11mo
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BookNerd9906 Did you have a favorite? 11mo
xxjenadanxx @EadieB Okay, I just thought maybe there was an app you were using!! Well done! 11mo
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Well-ReadNeck
March | Geraldine Brooks
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I read a lot of great books this month. These were my favorites!!!!

thereadingowlvina 👍😁 Awesome! 11mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks great! 📖💖 11mo
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MallenNC
March | Geraldine Brooks
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March is a short word but I really had to search for an M title. #literaryluck #SpellMarchWithBookTitles

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So did I 🤣💞 11mo
vkois88 It looks good! 11mo
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megnews
March | Geraldine Brooks
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March
Another Me
Ruby
Cane River
Have a Little Faith

#March #LiteraryLuck

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EadieB
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Lauren.Archer
March | Geraldine Brooks
Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings on this. While the writing is most excellent, knowing what I know about the history of Little Women and how Mr. March was modeled after her own father this just did not sit well for me. I was intrigued but I kept thinking this does not feel it meets the essence of what Alcott wanted.

Brooke_H I felt the same way about this book! 13mo
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Lauren.Archer
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Rounding out my Little Women reading experience with March.

ClairesReads I liked this 13mo
Ruthiella This book does make a nice complement to Little Women! 😀 13mo
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Lynnsoprano
March. Geraldine Brooks | Geraldine Brooks
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#readinthenewyear #readingbuddies I‘ve said before that happiness is being married to a reader. I thought he‘d be glued to football this evening, but he pulled out his current read, the tagged book, and joined me in reading in the New Year.

LiteraryinLititz Love that! 14mo
Bookzombie 💕 14mo
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 14mo
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Lynnsoprano
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Happiness is being married to a reader. Hubby is reading March and telling me about parallels to things he remembers from our visit to Orchard House, the Alcott house in Massachusetts, this past June.

EH2018 Always thought that would be awesome 😻 1y
Nute I love everything about this post!💚 1y
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AmyG You got lucky 🍀 1y
Lynnsoprano @EH2018 @Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @amyg I got a keeper ❤️ We‘ll be celebrating our 47th anniversary next week. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lynnsoprano I agreed with Amy!! Happy Anniversary!! ❤️ 1y
BarbaraJean Love this! Reading husbands are the best. (I‘ve got one, too. 😊) Happy Anniversary! 1y
AmyG Oh wow! Happy Anniversary! How wonderful. 💕 1y
LiteraryinLititz Love this post! 💜💜 1y
RealBooks4ever Happy Anniversary! ❤️💘💞 1y
Kaye Happy Anniversary. ♥️ 1y
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Insightsintobooks
March | Geraldine Brooks
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On sale.

#kindledeal

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cobwebmoth
March | Geraldine Brooks
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March is a #retelling of Little Women, and A Study in Charlotte is a Sherlock Holmes retelling. Unfortunately, I haven't read either of them yet.
#maylovesclassics #Litsyclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

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MallenNC
March. Geraldine Brooks | Geraldine Brooks
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Here's my #MagicalMarch take on March in Book Titles @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great stack 👏🏻🙌🏻😘😉 2y
MallenNC Thank you! I had a hard time finding an H title! 2y
vkois88 Great choices! Definitely some from my tbr on there 😉 2y
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SilversReviews
March | Geraldine Brooks
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@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks
@Vkois88

TODAY'S PROMPT: MARCH SPELLED IN BOOK TITLES

The only book I am familiar with is the book MARCH by Geraldine Brooks.

I didn't read it, but I always enjoy her books.

vkois88 I like the cover! 2y
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callielafleur
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Little late on this #friyayintro! Catching up on the Litsy I've missed over the last couple of days.
1) All of them! I get sucked into everything with the Olympics. Whatever sport is on, I'm totally invested in!
2) Geraldine Brooks. She's such a wonderful writer.
3) January
4) Greatest Showman, just last night. I loved it!
5) I will!

@jesshowbooks

LiteraryinLititz I‘m like that with the Olympics too! Though I don‘t follow any of these sports for the ensuing 4 years. 😋 2y
2BR02B I just picked up The People of the Book by Brooks. I can't believe I hadn't heard of her before. 2y
rubyslippersreads Saw The Greatest Showman yesterday and loved it. 😍Hugh Jackman😍 2y
knittedgnome I am so not sporty but get obsessed with the Olympics! 2y
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Born.A.Reader
March | Geraldine Brooks
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"I've always imagined paradise as something like a library."
❤❤❤???

Louise This quote is widely attributed to Jorge Luis Borges. Hmmm. 2y
Born.A.Reader Is it, really? @Louise I hadn't known that. 2y
Louise Yes. Perhaps the character in the book is quoting him. The quote is so well-known that a person might easily toss it into conversation, as in this scene. 2y
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MoniqueReads305
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Confession Time: My currently reading shelf on Goodreads is a mess. I have 8 books on it. The oldest is March by Gwendolyn Brooks that I started in 2015 😱. For the last couple of years I've been in a reading rut, starting more books than I finished. It sucks. #Currentlyreading #tbr

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Pandalibrarian
March | Geraldine Brooks

Finished this audiobook today. I'm not sure what took me so long to read it - it was a great listen. Now I want to re-read Little Women.

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Theresa
March. Geraldine Brooks | Geraldine Brooks
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Some good stuff on sale at Amazon today!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Yup, I bought a few also. 📚😜 3y
Theresa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm trying to hold off & think about it so I don't go overboard & buy too many. Oh, who am I kidding! I'll probably buy too many anyway. 😆 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I got four. Well actually five, but then I realized I own one in print already, so I returned it. 😜 3y
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MicheleinPhilly Opened the email and immediately said, "Crap." Hoping to limit myself to just a couple. 3y
KellyK I picked up March and A Little Life... for $6.98. It's now a good day!!! 3y
Theresa @KellyK I got March, too. I also got Bastard Out of Carolina. I'm working on a project in South Carolina so that seemed appropriate. 3y
KellyK @Theresa I picked up a hard cover of Bastard Out of Carolina several years ago at the library sale. I need to get it off my TBR. 🤓 3y
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Readerann
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Pickpick

This was only my 2nd by Geraldine Brooks, but I was pleasantly surprised (I thought Caleb's Crossing was only so-so). Even though the Civil War atrocities were an important part of the story, I was able to look beyond them and inhabit the wonderful characters, especially the idealistic Mr. March.

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Hobbinol
March | Geraldine Brooks
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This is an image from this year's Poetry Month poster by the American Library Association. Just thought I'd share it with my fellow book enthusiasts.

LeahBergen Oh! ❤️❤️ 3y
CherylDeFranceschi 💓💓 3y
ValerieAndBooks Wow, nice!! 3y
DivineDiana Touched my heart! ❤️️ 3y
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bitterbear
March | Geraldine Brooks
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#truthbombs people suck...

Sace They totally do. 3y
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AlexMay
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Let's see if I can bag half of these. #marchintoreading

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RealLifeReading
March | Geraldine Brooks
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It's the last day of February - and for some of you it's already March! - hope February has been a good one for you (despite all the many not-good-at-all things happening in this world today).

I hope you guys will join in with #marchintoreading and tag me when you post so I can see what you're up to!

Blaire Finally thought to take a screenshot of the challenge instead of searching hashtags each day. 🙄 #sleepdeprivedmom 3y
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SharonGoforth
March | Geraldine Brooks
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My pick for #AustralianAuthors is Geraldine Brooks. I bought March when it came out, so this is a first edition. I had a chance to meet her when she came to Dayton, shortly before she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She was fascinating to listen to, and very gracious.💕 #feistyfeb

LeahBergen I loved this book. ❤ 3y
SharonGoforth @LeahBergen I did, too. I stayed up all night reading it ❤️. 3y
Daisey I still need to read this one! 3y
SharonGoforth @Daisey You should! It's really good 😊 3y
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Woolfwomyn
March | Geraldine Brooks
Mehso-so

March was an insufferable boob who realized that he was but didn't change. Realistic depiction of the Civil War and well written, but mostly I just want to reread Little Women. I'd rather spend time with his wife and kids.

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Woolfwomyn
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Home with a sick kid and hoping to get some reading done in between loads of laundry.

LauraBeth Oh no - I hope she feels better! 💕 3y
Woolfwomyn Thank you! She's asleep now. 3y
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LeahBergen
March | Geraldine Brooks
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A little bit of #spinepoetry for all our marchers today:

Ladies in Waiting, Enemy Women
Sisters in the Wilderness.
March.
Without You There is No Us.

prowlix 🙌🙌🙌 3y
kspenmoll 👏👏👏👏👏👏 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess 👏👏👏 3y
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Texreader Nicely done 3y
britt_brooke Perfect. 3y
ValerieAndBooks Wonderful 😍!!! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi 👏👏👏 3y
DebinHawaii Very nicely done!! 📚👍 3y
MamaGina Excellent ❣️ 3y
Hobbinol 👏🏻Applause 👏🏻Applause 👏🏻Applause👏🏻 3y
Cinfhen Amazing 🙌🏻 3y
Bette 👍❤️️ 3y
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Centique
March | Geraldine Brooks
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I was completely captured by this book and picked it up every chance I could. It's the story of the absent father from Little Women and what happens to him in the Civil War. There are some harrowing scenes of slavery and war here. As there needs to be! At times I felt frustrated with the protagonist March. But the more I think about it I feel that's what made the book so thought provoking for me.

LeahBergen So good. 3y
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LeahLovesLit
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Mehso-so

I appreciate the fact that the author addressed some real human emotions and showed that no family could possibly be as goody-goody as the Marches were in Little Women (even as a kid I found them insufferably sweet), but I really seriously disliked the main character. It's a well written and researched piece, (& many a great character is unlikable and still great) but I gotta say I spent the last half of it counting down the pages to the end 😁

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bookhoarder513
March | Geraldine Brooks
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I went to a bookstore's first event tonight...a poerty reading, and couldn't resist. Bookstore and the reading were awesome. 📚📚

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EnidBiteEm
March | Geraldine Brooks
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Pickpick

#happybirthday to Australian American journalist and Pulitzer Prize novelist Geraldine Brooks. Remember Little Women? Remember when Father leaves for the Civil War and Jo cuts off her hair for money to help pay her way? Remember when Jo cries and Meg promises to curl what is left? March is what Brooks imagined happens to dear old Dad. Oooh-err, I'm sure if his daughters knew their hair would curl or fall out all on its own...

Joanne1 Love Brooks and March was excellent. But yes those daughters would have fainted knowing what dear old dad was up to. 3y
EnidBiteEm @Joanne1 I ❤️ a lot of Brooks's work, although I found Caleb's Crossing (while based on a fascinating premise) wasn't as fascinating as her others ... I think March remains my favourite, although I still greedily hope she writes more 3y
Joanne1 @EnidBiteEm my favourite is Year of Wonders. I've had trouble with People of the Book which everyone else seems to love. I too hope she writes more. 3y
EnidBiteEm @Joanne1 Well, there was that weird sex scene! in People of the Book! 😂 I enjoyed Year of Wonders, although some of the details were so grim 😢 3y
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moniquereads
March | Geraldine Brooks
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"Who is the brave man - he who feels no fear? If so, then bravery is but a polite term for a mind devoid of rationality and imagination. The brave man, the real hero, quakes with terror, sweats, feels his very bowels betray him, and in spite of this moves forward to do the act he dreads... Sometimes, true courage requires inaction; that one sit at home while war rages, if by doing so one satisfies the quiet voice of honorable conscience."

ineverlearn Hello! Miss the bedsheets! ;) 3y
moniquereads Haha! Halatang bedsheets! 😂 @ineverlearn 3y
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BkClubCare
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Pickpick

Loved it. Finished it on plane ride home.

Lindy When we discussed this in book group, one member was upset because it wrecked Little Women for her: she'd never be able to see it the way she used to. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 @Lindy That is exactly what happened at my book group. This lady was almost in tears. I reminded her that she didn't have to read or even finish the books that made her uncomfortable. 😉 3y
Lindy It shows how much we can emotionally invest in literary characters. 3y
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BkClubCare Wow. Huh. It has made me consider a reread of Little Women. 3y
BethFishReads I remember liking this. But really happy to have new/more on March family 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess I am glad that you loved it. 3y
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BkClubCare
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Page 124
"The idea has us..."
Coinkydink book-link with Big Magic!

i am really impressed with this book! Enjoying it very much.

[DELETED] 2232195534 I liked it and we had a good book club discussion. Not everyone liked it though. Some took issue with 'tampering' with Alcott's world. 😉 4y
BkClubCare I think it would be a fabulous book club discussion! @kaysreadinglife 3y
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BkClubCare
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"It is a mountebank, this river."

I star words (well, USED TO before they, like Twitter, changed the star to a ❤️) when I look up a word definition. So I know this is a word that didn't stick. Hopefully, next time.

I ❤️ words (but I wish it was still a ⭐️ in my definition app.)

BookishMarginalia I live words too. The integrated dictionary us the best feature of my Kindle 👍🏼 4y
BkClubCare I agree that is my favorite thing abt ebooks! Funny, that I don't use it that much. @BookishMarginalia 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just looked up this word yesterday!! Hope It sticks in my head 4y
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BkClubCare
March | Geraldine Brooks
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"Inspired... A disturbing, supple, and deeply satisfying story, put together with craft and care and imagery worthy of a poet." The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Yes, for my airplane reading tonight - on my way to a weekend in Rhode Island.
For What's in a Name Challenge

[DELETED] 2232195534 It's an interesting look at the March family world. Different. Enjoy! 4y
WanderingBookaneer Does it talk about the utopia he tried to create? 4y
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HotCocoaReads
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Mehso-so

First off, I love Little Women! The idea of taking the journey with Mr. March while he was away was brilliant! However, I feel that too many liberties were taken. SPOILER: I don't want to believe Mr. March was cheating on Marmee while he was off to war. It ruins my thoughts of Little Women.

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HotCocoaReads
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Instead of idleness, vanity, or an intellect formed by the spoon-feeding of others, my girls have acquired energy, industry, and independence.

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tessannjoan
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Pickpick

A historical and heartbreaking expansion on "Little Women" that Louisa would be proud of.

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nyashajunior
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The composure she seemed to wear so easily was a garment put on with a hard discipline.

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