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Two New Movies Prove Appeal of “Little Women”

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What can a 150-year-old novel still offer up to readers in the digitally enhanced 21st century? As proof of the timeless appeal of  Little Women (Bantam Classics), the new movie in theaters Sept. 28 is the 7th film version of the classic. It’s a modern retelling: Newbie director Clare Niederpruem brings Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy into the present day, with contemporary equivalents of 19th century teenage angst (and a father in some endless military conflict instead of the Civil War.)   Niederpruem previously directed Episode 1 of the television woman warrior fantasy series, “Outcast.” Her “Little Women” actors include Melanie Stone as Meg, Sarah Davenport as Jo, Allie Jennings as Beth, and Taylor Murphy as Amy. But wait: There’s more! Another…

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Sarah Morgan on Her New Novel and the Bonds of Sisterhood

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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan’s upcoming novel How To Keep a Secret (HQN Books) focuses on three generations of women, who are all facing different crises: Nancy knows that she hasn’t been the best mother to her two daughters, Lauren and Jenna, but she can’t bring herself to tell them why; Jenna wants to start a family with her husband, but it’s just not happening, and no matter how big the smile on her face, she’s breaking apart; Lauren’s life is perfect – if you ignore the fact that it’s little more than a house of cards about to fall down; and Lauren’s teenage daughter Mack seems to be a completely different person. Over the course of one hot summer, they’ll…

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Early Bird Books: 8 Books for Fans of Little Women

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If you’re missing the March sisters, these books are for you. In 1868, author Louisa May Alcott gave us one of the most beloved novels of all time: Little Women. The book tells the story of the four March sisters: Beautiful and responsible Meg, headstrong and intelligent Jo, sweet Beth, and Amy—the baby. Set during the Civil War, the four teenage girls live with their mother Marmee, as their father is serving as a pastor in the war. Alcott loosely based Little Women on her own life, and went on to write two sequels: Little Men and Jo’s Boys. Throughout her life, the author wrote several other novels, but none were ever as popular as the family saga she wrote towards the beginning of her career. If…

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Last Minute Literary Vacation Ideas from Five Classic Novels

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The summer’s drawing to a close, and you still have one thing left to do: Vacation! There are so many places you could go, from Barcelona to Disney World! But you, being a huge literary nerd since birth, might want to go to a place with a story – literally! We know there are plenty more amazing places with literary history, but here are five that will transform these last days of summer into classics. The Hamptons – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, February 1, 2017): Sadly, East Egg and West Egg don’t exist, so we’ll have to settle for the Hamptons. *Sigh* Sure, you probably won’t see parties as extravagant and crazy as Gatsby’s,…

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The Basic Bitch Exists in Books and We Have Five Favorites

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Fall is the season of basic bitches: pumpkin spice everything, infinity scarves, knee-high boots and scented candles that smell like “Autumn Wreath.” A basic bitch devours these things, or at least Instagrams herself with them on the regular: #lovingfall #pumpkins #uggsarewarm. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, let me educate you: a basic bitch is a girl with no real distinct personality, who loves anything that’s popular and paints her life as an endless stream of duck-face selfies while clutching a Starbucks latte. We all know a basic bitch—hell, sometimes we are basic bitches (pumpkin spice just tastes sooo good!). And basic bitches have been around a lot longer than you’d think: they’ve been cropping up in our books for…

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A Little Women Christmas beautifully illustrates the season’s good will

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I recently took a copy of A Little Women Christmas (Simon & Schuster, 2014) to read with my Reading Buddy, Heidi. Author Heather Vogel Frederick took the story of Mr. March’s surprise homecoming from Louisa Mae Alcott’s classic, Little Women, and adapted it for 4-7 year olds. Who better to review a book than someone it was written for? Heidi is in kindergarten, so we usually spend time working on learning letters and beginning sight words, but I asked Heidi if, that day, she would help me read a new book.  I pulled the book out of my bag and as I told Heidi a little about Little Women, I could see the girl at the table behind us listening,…

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