Louisa May Alcott

The Pursuit of Love / by Nancy Mitford

Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel, The Pursuit of Love is a classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric.

The Weird Sisters / Eleanor Brown

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home to care for their ailing mother, and to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. But the sisters soon discover that everything they’ve been running from might offer more than they ever expected.

Vanessa and Her Sister: a novel / Priya Parmar

London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.

The Fountain Overflows: a novel / Rebecca West

The author re-imagines her own childhood in this witty, often troubling autobiographical novel that follows the lives of members of the Aubrey family from the perspective of Rose, one of four siblings.

March / Geraldine Brooks

Set during the American Civil War, March tells the story of John March, known to us as the father away from his family of girls in Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s classic American novel.

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: the story of Little Women and why it still matters / Anne Boyd Rioux

A 150th anniversary tribute describes the cultural significance of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, exploring how its relatable themes and depictions of family resilience, community, and female resourcefulness have inspired generations of writers.

Marmee & Louisa: the untold story of Louisa May Alcott and her mother / Eve LaPlante

The author argues that Louisa’s “Marmee,” Abigail May Alcott, was in fact the intellectual and emotional center of her daughter’s world–exploding the myth that her outspoken idealist father was the source of her progressive thinking and remarkable independence.

The Other Alcott / Elise Hooper

While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May Alcott is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man’s profession. When Louisa’s Little Women is published, its success eases the family’s financial burdens. But May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled “Amy March.” Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her? May embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman.

Behind a Mask: the unknown thrillers of Louisa May Alcott / edited and with an introduction by Madeleine Stern

A collection of gruesome and passionate short stories by Louisa May Alcott offers insight into her diversity as a writer and follows themes of suspense and psychological drama.

The Inheritance / Louisa May Alcott

Follows the experiences of an impoverished Italian orphan who wins the affections of a lord and the ire of an evil matron.

A Long Fatal Love Chase / Louisa May Alcott

An Englishwoman falls for an older man who takes her to France where she discovers he is already married. When she leaves him, he pursues her and confines her to a lunatic asylum in Germany. But she will escape. The novel was written in 1866 and was rejected by the publisher as too sensational.

Louisa May Alcott: selected fiction / edited by Daniel Shealy, Madeleine B. Stern, and Joel Myerson

Offers samples from the “Little Women” trilogy, as well as juvenile fiction, autobiographical tales, and experimental short stories.

The Glory Cloak: a novel / Patricia O’Brien

In 1858, orphan Susan Gray arrives in Concord, Massachusetts, to live with her cousin, Louisa May Alcott, and her family, traveling with Louisa to work as a volunteer nurse at the infamous Union Hospital in Washington, D.C., and later, after the war, joining Clara Barton on her crusading search for missing soldiers, in an evocative novel set against the turbulent backdrop of the Civil War years.

Meg & Jo / Virginia Kantra

A heartwarming modern novel inspired by the timeless classic Little Women. The March sisters-reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy and shy Beth-have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook-slash-secret food blogger. Meg appears to have the life she always planned-the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Little Men / by Louisa May Alcott

Follows Jo March and her husband Professor Bhear as they try to make their home and school a happy, stimulating place.

Louisa May Alcott: the woman behind Little women / Harriet Reisen

A vivid, energetic account of the life of Louisa May Alcott that explores Alcott’s life in the context of her works, all of which are to some extent autobiographical.

Little Women / Louisa May AlcottChronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in mid-nineteenth-century New England.