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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Cheever Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Apart from her bestselling Home Before Dark, a biography of her father, John Cheever, and My Name Is Bill, her penetrating portrait of the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Susan Cheever’s most recent and major success, American Bloomsbury, was a hugely popular nonfiction narrative of the writers and artists (including Emerson, Thoreau, and the Alcott family) of Concord, Massachusetts. With more than 35,000 copies of the book sold since, Cheever has focused on the legendary and much-loved Louisa May Alcott.

Every year, new young readers continue to fall in love with Alcott’s work, from Little Women to her feminist papers. Based on extensive research and access to Alcott’s journals and correspondence, Cheever chronicles all aspects of Alcott’s life, beginning with the fateful meeting of her parents to her death, just two days after that of her dynamic and domineering father, Bronson. Cheever examines Alcott’s role as a woman, a working writer, and a daughter at a time when Alcott’s rejection of marriage in favor of independence—a decision to be no man’s “little woman”—was seen as defying conventional wisdom.

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  • “Cheever laces this provocative biography with musings on the genesis of genius, and her identification with Jo March when she was a rebellious girl in the throes of puberty…most will savor this work—surely a future book club staple—as keen, refreshing, and authoritative. ”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nminnig | 2/18/2014

    " Biography of Louisa May, lots of interesting history around that time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy D | 2/14/2014

    " I love (still) Little Women, and for years it was an annual re-reading for me, along with Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Strong women abound in both books, which I admire to this day. I think Cheever has done an excellent job of doing the shifting of the lens from placing us in Concord in Ms. Alcott's time and then having us step back to the present time. I now feel more connected with the writer Alcott than the writer Jo, and can understand and empathize with her life more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Athene Carras | 2/13/2014

    " I didn't care for Susan Cheever's writing per se, but the tragic story of this woman's life was incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/2/2014

    " She supported her whole family including her feckless father with her writing while neglecting her health and her own life. A woman of her time but also ahead of her time. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Cheever

Susan Cheever was born in New York City and graduated from Brown University. A Guggenheim Fellow and a director of the board of the Yaddo Corporation, she currently teaches in the MFA programs at Bennington College and the New School. She lives in New York City.