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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Victoria Eastman, January 1, 2010

This book has been a wonderful Christmas gift. Usually I read mysteries but when I saw Harriet Reisen speaking about her book on television I wanted to meet Louisa May Alcott. My wish was granted and I have learned so much more about the woman who wrote to free her family from debt. I have learned about the woman who had confidence in and accepted that she had a gift for writing and who chose that gift as her spouse rather than marriage. Most surprising to learn was the relationship between Louisa and her father. Most interesting to discover was how strongly Louisa's emotions affected her life and behaviour. I am happy to have strayed from my usual reading genre to this fascinating biography.
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Milo, Brownville, and Lake View (Images of America) by The Milo Historical Society
Milo, Brownville, and Lake View (Images of America)

Victoria Eastman, June 17, 2009

What a wonderful book about Small Town America! The timing for such an endeavour seems so appropriate since Milo recently experienced such a sad loss, due to arson, of its historic downtown buildings. The book is an opportunity to revisit the architectural past of Milo as well as of Brownville and Lake View.

Along with the fascinating photographs throughout this publication brief histories of each town are related. The reader learns about mills, slate quarries, railroads and more that brought about the birth and growth of these three communities. One can see how the very same industries continued the character development of each town into the 1940's, 50's and 60's.

Readers might also find interesting the fact that Elizabeth George Speare visited the Milo Free Public Library where she came upon the legend of Theophilus Sargeant. From this the idea for her book, Sign of the Beaver was born.

So now you have two great book ideas for your summer reading list! Enjoy!
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