Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MISSING BOSTON: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT


just finished listening to the audio book version of the novel Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother by Eve LaPlante (http://www.amazon.com/Marmee-Louisa-Untold-Alcott-Mother/dp/1451620667). This book gives a touching account of the life of Louisa May Alcott and, in particular, her relationship with her beloved mother, Abigail May Alcott. This is a wonderful book for women as it speaks frequently of women’s rights. Writers too will love reading about Louisa’s writing process and publishing decisions. And the book is loaded with references to important figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. There is mention of the Salem witch trials, Louisa’s role during the Civil War and her travels to Europe.  I won’t spoil it; it is worth your time.



Louisa lived most of her life in the Boston area and, at the end of the book, the author speaks of the many places throughout the Boston area where Louisa lived and worked.  She is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=alcott&GSfn=louisa&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=14&df=all&).
Reading this book made me homesick for Boston, where I attended Boston University many years ago. 

After college I worked on Tremont Street near Boston Common (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Common), the Massachusetts State House (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_State_House), the Granary Burying Ground (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granary_Burying_Ground), King’s Chapel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_State_House), Beacon Hill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beacon_Hill,_Boston) and more.  I was too busy living my life at the time to appreciate the wonders of the history of Boston.  At the time, I was more interested in Filene’s Basement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filene's_Basement).

Don’t get me wrong, living is Michigan is fine, but there’s something about Boston that makes me go weak at the knees…



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Victorian Decorative Letters, 1999.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Full-Color Men and Women Illustrations, 2001.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Trees & Leaves, 2004.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Elegant Floral Designs, 2003.

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