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Rose in Bloom Paperback – Oct 2 2008
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Although Louisa May Alcott is best known for classics such as Little Women and Little Men, Rose in Bloom also boasts a lively cast of characters growing up with 19th century social conventions and expectations. A sequel to Eight Cousins, this story finds 20-year-old Rose, the only female cousin, coping with the demands of being an eligible heiress, and her feelings about her widely diverse boy cousins. Blessed with common sense and compassion, Rose and her adopted sister, Phoebe, mature through loss, hard choices, and finally end up with the men that complete them. Barbara Caruso's considerable narration skills are apparent as she conveys exuberance, prim respectability, and sadness. The sound quality is good. Smaller libraries may have to pass on this pleasant addition to their Alcott works in audio format, but public and school libraries that do purchase Rose in Bloom will find it's a refreshing rendition of a lesser known classic.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
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About the Author
American novelist Louisa May Alcott is best known for her classic coming-of-age novel Little Women, and its sequels Little Men and Jo s Boys. The daughter of noted transcendentalist and educator Amos Bronson Alcott and Abigail May Alcott, Alcott was an active abolitionist and feminist, and the first woman registered to vote in Concord, Massachusetts. Schooled mainly by her father, Alcott and her three sisters also received lessons from such notables as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller. Alcott penned her first book, Flower Fables, for Emerson s daughter, Ellen. Before gaining critical success for her children s fiction, Alcott wrote several passionate adult novels using the pen name A. M. Barnard, including A Long Fatal Love Chase and Punishment. Alcott s literary career spanned more than 40 years, and she wrote more than 30 books before her death in 1888.
JANE DYER has illustrated many well-loved picture books, including Move Over, Rover!, a Geisel Honor Bookwritten by Karen Beaumont;Oh My Baby, Little One, an ABA Pick of the Lists and Parent's Choice Recommended Book written by Kathi Appelt; and the bestselling classicTime for Bed by Mem Fox. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Top Customer Reviews
Why are women fascinated by--and drawn to--the bad boys of this world? That question did not originate with James Dean or "The Leader of the Pack." It is very much alive in this book, as Rose returns from Europe to find her eight cousins very much grown up--and very, very interesting. In particular, her wild and handsome cousin Charlie, now grown into a wild and handsome man, captures Rose's heart. But Charlie is on a dangerous path to alcoholism and self-destruction. Will Rose see this in time, and will she turn to the man who really loves her with all his heart and soul? And what of her dear friend Phoebe, whose ethnic background might keep her from the man she loves?
Sounds like a 2002 soap opera. But it isn't--and it is written with such depth, such love, and such talent that it has survived over a century. Alcott was so much more than "Little Women" and this book, among others, proves it.
Most recent customer reviews
After I read Eight Cousins, which I loved, of course I decided to read this book. The book is about Rose, and her life as a woman, & her relationships with her male cousins. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Leleh
This is the kind of book you wish would go on forever. It defines the word classic in every way. Everytime I read it, I fall in love with Rose, Mac, Uncle Alec and the others over... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by Kim
I know it's heresy, but as a girl I loved this more than Little Women. And upon re-reading it as an adult, I still do. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2002
For all those who thought that Rose's story ended with Eight Cousins here is the truth about what happened to these beloved characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002 by Maria
Decidedly, I do NOT like Rose in Bloom. I love all of Louisa May Alcott's other books, but I don't like romances, and I could tell in the first few chapters what was going to... Read morePublished on July 22 2001
When I was a kid, my parents bought me the hardback version of Louisa May Alcott's books ~~ but the series didn't include this book. Read morePublished on May 22 2001 by rebelmomof2
Actually, I must say that I was very surprised after finishing both "Eight Cousins" and "Rose in Bloom". Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2001
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