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View Poll Results: What was your favorite Louisa May Alcott girl's book?
Little Women 33 63.46%
Little Men 5 9.62%
Jo's Boys 1 1.92%
Eight Cousins 7 13.46%
Rose in Bloom 0 0%
An Old-Fashioned Girl 4 7.69%
Jack and Jill 0 0%
Under the Lilacs 1 1.92%
Other 1 1.92%
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:32 PM   #1
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Louisa May Alcott

Which was the book of your heart when you read them as a girl/boy/person of any age? I'm limiting myself to the Orchard House Editions titles that were in print when I read them; if you pick other, please elaborate. And I know that what is included under the title of Little Women in the USA is in two volumes in Britain, Little Women/Good Wives.

In my case, An Old-Fashioned Girl edges out Jack and Jill. Rose in Bloom is third.

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Old 06-14-2011, 08:02 PM   #2
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I've only read Little Women, and it was a very old version, at that (no one died in my copy). I read her short story "Lost in a Pyramid or the Mummies Curse" last night. It was predictable but good; very well written.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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Well, technically I've only read Little Women, so that's of course my favorite. I'll get to reading the sequels eventually!
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I liked Under The Lilacs & then Jo's Boys.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:58 PM   #5
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Little Women, but Little Men and Jo's Boys were very close. Of course, I am not now, nor was I then, a girl.
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Little Women, but Little Men and Jo's Boys were very close. Of course, I am not now, nor was I then, a girl.
I won't apologize for describing them as girls books, since while I read the Hardy Boys, for example, they were clearly boys books. But I apologize for being exclusionary in my question and will amend.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:31 PM   #7
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I recently re-read Little Women, and it's one of those books that reveals itself more and more at each stage of life - it's an excellent girls' book, but it's also an extraordinary novel of American life of the period, with warm, realistic characters.

One of my life-long favorite books.

[Curse Geraldine Brooks. I hope she burns in whatever literary hell is reserved for desecrating someone else's work.]
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Eight Cousins! I forgot all about that book but it was a favorite of mine when I was little. I had not idea it was by Louisa May Alcott although I spent a lot of time reading it over and over. I must go look for an ebook version of it.

I haven't read most of the other books (that I can recall) except for Little Women.
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Eight Cousins! I forgot all about that book but it was a favorite of mine when I was little. I had not idea it was by Louisa May Alcott although I spent a lot of time reading it over and over. I must go look for an ebook version of it.

I haven't read most of the other books (that I can recall) except for Little Women.
Its available here at MobileRead - Eight Cousins.
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Ooh, it is! Thanks!
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I have a certain nostaligia (and an antique copy) for Little Women. When I was a young kid, 8 or 9, my dad had to take me to work with him for a few days for lack of anywhere else for me to stay. While there, one of his co-workers, who had no children, gave me a very old copy of the book that her mother (and grandmother) had passed through her family. It was the first time I'd read Little Women, and though I did not (and still don't) like "girls books," I enjoyed that and often find myself picking it up again around Christmas. When I sold/donated most of my DTB collection, that was one of my only keepers.
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I can't pick just one! I've read all those listed, plus some other, plus every biography or memoir of her and her family except the one by Susan Cheever.

The only books I thought were less well done from that list were Under The Lilacs and Jack and Jill. All the rest I thought were top quality Alcott.
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I've only read Little Women, and thought it's lovely.
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I read Little Men several times as a boy - so that's the one I put first. This was in the early seventies, and it was an old hardcover that we had then so I've no idea what edition.
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