A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women by Deborah Noyes


A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women by Deborah Noyes, Random House, 9780525646235, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: BiographyWhat did you like about the book? This biography is a wonderful introduction to the Alcott family. Focusing on Louisa before she wrote Little Women, the family, and their ever-changing homes, the reader discovers the fascinating and sometimes devastating life of Louisa May Alcott. With “guest stars” like Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, it is a transcendentalist’s dream. The book expresses Louisa’s desire to get herself and her family out of poverty, and allow herself independence. Chapters are chronological, beginning with a photo and a quote and focusing on that time period of the Alcott family. While Little Women is somewhat semi-autobiographical, this book explains there is so much more to this family and their ideals.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Young adults who are fans of Little Women, those interested in strong female role-models.

Who should buy this book? Middle schools, high schools, and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Lindsey Hughes, Marstons Mills Public Library, Marstons Mills, MA

Date of review: 3/1/2021

This entry was posted in *Book Review, Authors, Biography, Deborah Noyes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.