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March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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On its 150th anniversary, four acclaimed authors offer personal reflections on their lifelong engagement with Louisa May Alcott's classic novel of girlhood and growing up. For the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, and Jane Smiley explore their strong lifelong personal engagement with Little Women--what it has meant to them and why it still matters. Each takes as her subject one of the four March sisters, reflecting on each particular sister's story and what it has to teach us. Bolick writes about how the depiction of Meg as the "ideal woman" reveals Alcott's dim views of marriage and planted seeds in Bolick's own young mind. Zhang, unlike many readers, considered Jo her least favorite sister as a girl, and writes about how Jo eventually won her heart. Machado brings her SF and horror sensibilities to a unique perspective on Beth, "dead & pure girl extraordinaire"; and Smiley, who considers Amy the most captivating sister, writes about Amy's evolution into the responsibilities of adulthood from the perspective of Smiley's own experience of motherhood. These four voices come together to form a deep, funny, far-ranging meditation on the power of great literature to shape our lives.
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March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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susanschroeder
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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Savoring...

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Bowietrek
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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Excellent book about Little Women. The four writers each picked one of the Little Women, Meg, Jo, Beth, or Amy and wrote about her own life, and how it coincided with the life of the sister she chose. The life of each sister was analyzed in comparison to the lives of contemporary women. Fascinating to see how their lives and times compared to ours and how much women‘s lives have changed in the last hundred years. Highly recommended.

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Cosyreader
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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The March Sisters at Christmas (2012) - cute retelling of Little Women
#cheesychristmasmoviebingo proposal occurs way too early in the relationship
#wintergames #readnosedreindeer

StayCurious I should watch this! +6 3y
Cosyreader @StayCurious can I just check - if it‘s based on a book does it get an extra 5 points? 3y
StayCurious @Cosyreader Yes! Sorry, didn't think of that. +5 3y
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twohectobooks
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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My 1st ever attempt to listen to an #audiobook was... ok. I knew from experience listening to podcasts that I‘d be very picky about the reader‘s voice. It was a good experiment and I‘ll be repeating it for my commutes home from work at the very least.

Four authors wrote four essays, one for each March sister. A bit repetitive, but all had interesting takes on the characters. Mostly just made me wish I were rereading Little Women instead though.

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LauraBeth
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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Banana bread - because @Cinfhen . And coffee and books. The husband has to take an 8 hour driving class today because he got a speeding ticket and then leaves at 5 am tomorrow for a business trip to Minneapolis, where the high temp tomorrow is 19 degrees. I‘m just gonna read and try not piss off whichever god he managed to piss off

Cinfhen Oh, that looks heavenly 😇😇offer the banana bread to the Gods xx I‘m sure it‘ll score you some extra points 😉 3y
MicheleinPhilly 8 hours?? He‘s gonna be CRANKY. 3y
marleed Poor guy! 3y
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LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly He is so cranky about it! 😂 3y
LauraBeth @marleed I think he‘s excited to have a bed to himself for a few days though - so there‘s a silver lining! 3y
LauraBeth @Cinfhen and by gods you mean Bitsy, right? 😂 3y
Cinfhen Hahaha😁 yes!!! 3y
AlaMich No option for online driving school? I did that...boring as all hell but at least you can be bored in your PJs. 3y
LauraBeth @alamich For some reason there was no option for online driving school. 3y
Suet624 Oh boy. Poor hubby. 3y
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underground_bks
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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I actually found myself quietly thrilled while reading these fresh and personal takes on the March sisters of Little Women. My favorites were Kate Bolick, author of Spinster, on Meg and our relationship with clothing and Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties, on Beth and illness and how we and others narrate our lives. A wonderful fresh look at Little Women, perfect for following a reread before the new film adaptation!

KarmonR Have you read March by Geraldine Brooks? 3y
underground_bks @KarmonR no! I looked everywhere for it used! I may have to just buy it new! 3y
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Centique
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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A thoughtful little book of four essays - four writers explore their own reactions to first reading about the March sisters (of Little Women) and how they now see each character‘s role and motivations. A dash of sociology, a little Alcott history, a touch of personal memoir - it‘s an amuse bouche for Alcott fans! You learn more about how each of the four writers see the world than anything else - but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

batsy I love the phrase "amuse bouche" ? 3y
Cathythoughts I found Jane Smiley hit & miss. This one sounds like a winner 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Trashcanman 🤗🤗🤗😘 3y
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LeahBergen This sounds delightful! 3y
Centique @Cathythoughts I find her hit and miss too! I read in an interview with her that Thousand Acres isn‘t her favourite book, she prefers Horse Heaven which I DNFed. 3y
Centique @LeahBergen I thought this might appeal to you! 💕 3y
kspenmoll This sounds wonderful! 3y
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Lauren.Archer
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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Unfortunately, I found this essay collection, pretty superficial. A little disappointing, with some of the authors that were part of this.

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Lauren.Archer
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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Always love to read anything about Little Women.

LauraBeth I feel like I‘ve been waiting a year for this book to be published! 3y
emmaturi I really would like to have this book! 3y
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Bookalong
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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5🌟LOVED!!
The four essays are well written, although quite different from each other as a whole they are profound, heartfelt, and amusing. I loved how each writer drew on her own personal connections with Louisa May Alcott's classic. Each taking on a different March sister and reflecting on moments throughout the book that stood out while weaving in their personal history and connections with their subject and the novel itself. Out August 27th!

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