Shawl-Straps: A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag eBook

Shawl-Straps: A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag ❰Read❯ ➮ Shawl-Straps: A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag Author Louisa May Alcott – Louisa May Alcott 1832 1888 was a prolific and multi talented American writer Amongst her works are passionate fiery novels moralistic and wholesome stories for children philosophical essays and lette Louisa May Second Series Epub Û Alcott was a prolific and multi talented American writer Amongst her works are passionate fiery novels moralistic and wholesome stories for children philosophical essays and letters Her overwhelming success however was with Little Women or Meg Shawl-Straps: A PDF/EPUB ² Jo Beth and Amy a semiautobiographical account of her childhood years with her three sisters in Concord Massachusetts Part Two or Part Second also known as Good Wives followed the March sisters into adulthood and their respective marriages Little A Second Series PDF ↠ Men detailed the characters and ways of Alcott's nephews who lived with her at Orchard House in Concord and Jo's Boys A Second Series of Aunt PDF/EPUB ² completed the March Family Saga.

  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Shawl-Straps: A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • English
  • 18 March 2015
  • 9781406597899

About the Author: Louisa May Alcott

AM Barnard Second Series Epub Û Behind a Mask or a Woman's Power The Abbot's Ghost or Maurice Treherne's Temptation A Long Fatal Love Chase – first published First published anonymouslyA Modern Mephistopheles Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown Pennsylvania on November Shawl-Straps: A PDF/EPUB ² She and her three sisters Anna Elizabeth and May were educated by their father philosopher teacher Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother Abigail MayLouisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord Massachusetts where A Second Series PDF ↠ her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s library excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn A Second Series of Aunt PDF/EPUB ² at Hillside now Hawthorne’s WaysideLike her character Jo March in Little Women young Louisa was a tomboy No A Second Series of Aunt PDF/EPUB ² boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race she claimed and no girl if she refused to climb trees leap fencesFor Louisa writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays the villains ghosts bandits and disdainful ueensAt age troubled by the poverty that plagued her family she vowed I will do something by and by Don’t care what teach sew act write anything to help the family; and I’ll be rich and famous and happy before I die see if I won’tConfronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher seamstress governess or household servant for many years Louisa did any work she could findLouisa’s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In when she was her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington DC as a nurse during the Civil WarWhen Louisa was years old her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters’ coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality; a living breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children’s fictionIn all Louisa published over books and collections of stories She died on March only two days after her father and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

10 thoughts on “Shawl-Straps: A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag

  1. Tarissa Tarissa says:

    A delightful trek across EuropeSo I assumed this would be a continuation of Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag #1 being a collection of short stories but my assumption was wrong Shawl Straps is in fact a whole little novel in itself It follows the travels of a band of three American unmarried girls as they visit various places in EuropeIt might be fun to actually follow in the footsteps of these girls and perhaps travel along a similar route across Europe and visit many of the same landmarks as they did in France Switzerland Italy and England To do so would be seeing Europe a bit through Louisa's very own eyes I feel like – of course with the difference of almost a hundred yearsThe girls do get to visit some places that are in Charles Dickens' novels and that was an interesting point to note as I know that Louisa was a fond admirer of Dickens' writingsAt one point the merry travelers have to decide to leave the heavier luggage behind and press on with only their shawl straps I never could uite decide exactly what actual shawl straps look like or how you carry it even though it sounds like a delightful vintage deviceAuthor and blogger Susan Bailey was able to provide me with an illustration from a copy of Shawl Straps published in the 1920s In this picture we see one of the young ladies holding a strap that I assume connects to a shawl for holding items inside – to carry as a small bundle with a handle? You can make your own assumptions as based on the illustration Also here are 2 illustrations of shawl straps available online This next one is a diagram of an actual patent design From this we can see it has two belt like straps that enclose the shawl or other articles and has a handle for easy carrying via The Portal to Texas History Lastly another view showing the shawl strap in use with a bundle rolled up inside via Bustles and Bows Overall I give it 4 stars because although not amazing sometimes a bit long winded and although not of seemingly much literary merit in Louisa's canon it's still a charming tale that I could freely recommend to anyone young or old to read; whether they enjoy it is up to them My 1st book is complete for the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge on wwwinthebookcaseblogspotcom

  2. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    A travelogue featuring three spinsters traveling through Europe on their own There isn't much plot the point of the story is women can do anything they set their minds to and don't have to rely on men This isn't Louisa's best book but I admire her dedication to women's rights

  3. Katja Katja says:

    35 stars 410 hearts I really really enjoyed the humour of this book It was really funny The three girls were so different I loved the glimpse of Europe too There were just a couple things that annoyed me There was a lot of feminism; I didn’t agree with all the theological stuff; and I felt like she was making fun of the French which I disliked Other than this though it was really funny I enjoyed it A Favourite uote “One envied the cheery faces under the ueer caps the stout arms that scrubbed all day and were not too tired to carry home some chubby Jean or little Marie when night came; and most of all the contented hearts in the broad bosoms under the white kerchiefs for no complaint did one hear from these hard working happy women”A Favourite Beautiful uote “Legends of romance and chivalry hung about the ruins of castle and château as green and golden as the ivy and bright wall flowers that tapestried the crumbling walls and waved like banners from the turret tops“A Favourite Humourous uote “Lavinia gave her a free translation which convulsed Amanda behind her paper Coming to this passage ‘Plusieurs faits graves sont arrivés’ the reader rendered it 'Several made graves have arrived' adding 'Dear me what singular customs the French have to be sure' A little farther on she read 'Un portrait de feu Monsieur mon père' adding 'A fire portrait means a poker sketch I suppose' “‘I must have some blue cotton to mend my dress with How do you ask for it in French?' said Mat surveying a rent in her skirts “‘Oh just go in and say “Avez vous le fils bleu?' replied Lavinia with a superior air “‘A blue son My precious granny what will you say next?' murmured Amanda faint with suppressed laughter”

  4. Lorraine Tosiello Lorraine Tosiello says:

    This little book follows the real exploits of our two favorite Alcott sisters Louisa and May as they traipse though Europe in 1870 71 unencumbered by any male solicitude or patronage along with their sidekick Alice Bartlett The women are only thinly veiled as Lavinia Amanda and Matilda as they make their way through France including the Loire valley carrying only their shawl straps a vintage kind of back pack Switzerland Italy and London Alcott is at her amusing best witty irreverent self deprecating She is not writing moral stories for the young nor grasping at greatness nor spinning blood and thunder Here she is seems to be in her very truest voice I enjoy reading this little story over and over to learn about the rigors of travel in the mid nineteenth century to imagine the liberation the women felt on their own and to feel the sense of adventure and wonder that Louisa herself must have felt I feel close to Louisa May Alcott when I read this Enjoy

  5. Sandy Sandy says:

    I listened to an audiobook version recorded by Librivox KA lovely ramble through Europe with three American ladies Their thoughts and experiences of country places and cities alike Fascinating to discover what Europe was like in the later part of the 1800’s And amusing at times to see these places through the eyes of Americans being American about their opinions of the customs of places comparing them with the customs they valued as “better “ I would recommend reading this book with its descriptions of places before the World Wars left their markThe narrators were good though it might have been better if the younger reader had better knowledge of the pronunciation of words with a French origin Even the older ones could have brushed up on the proper pronunciation of historical places But on the other hand perhaps it lends another facet to the idea of Americans in Europe

  6. Kathy Nealen Kathy Nealen says:

    Two young American women along with their chaperone an older woman travel to various areas of Europe over a year long trip They meet many new people and have numerous adventures including a natural disaster Near the end there is a delightful homage to Dickens which features a tour of some of his novels’ settings

  7. Marcy Marcy says:

    I especially loved when they visited sites out of Dicken's books

  8. Caleb Caleb says:

    This was a good story about three sisters that take a trip to various cities in Europe It was a good read especially for young readers I liked it

  9. Caroline Bennett Caroline Bennett says:

    At first I thought this was going to be dreadful It was like listening to someone's monologue about their holiday interesting to them but hard to follow and meaningless for the listener Once they gave up their luggage and proceeded with shawl straps it got better and then I came up with a new idea I used my atlas as I read it 1935 version so only 65 years too modern to follow their journey This made it positively a joy and I started googling the paintings they saw and the cathedrals they visited I even looked up some of the historical events and learnt some things too So with the help of an old atlas and a smartphone very enjoyable indeed She does sort of skim through large sections of Italy and Germany and Belgium are only mentioned in passing I wonder if she got bored of writing this If like me you are trying to read all of LMA's works you will find this interesting

  10. Therese Therese says:

    Three girls travel from the US to Europe I think this was written somewhere around 1923 and you are reminded how much people had to take with them as well as how long it took just across the Atlantic Don't forget seasicknessSomewhere I read that Louisa May Alcott was a feminist for her time it shows in this book although it is definitely relatively speaking and so these girls are getting uite the education Wednesday in with a French family and seeing the limitations on the unmarried girls They think it is also extremely uaint and outdated and so I have to wonder what she would think about today's womenI thought this was going to be a collection of short stories but it really turns out to be like a boring travel diary that is only of interest to those who took it

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