DSM Book Club
We think the best part of finishing a good book is talking about it with friends. That’s why we’ve started the DSM Book Club.
The DSM Book Club is a new online sharing session designed to showcase our favorite reads and get you ready to meet the authors at our March Festival. This Club will inspire you with a monthly pick and features an online Zoom book discussion. Each month will feature one book that is connected to The Festival and an individual registration for participation. We hope you will join us every month, but there’s no guilt if you miss one.
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December 2020: "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
Club Meeting: Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. with special guest Wini Moranville, author of "The Little Women Cookbook" | Register Now
About the Book
"Little Women" follows the lives of the four March sisters and details their passage from childhood to womanhood. The talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg and romantic, spoiled Amy, unite in their devotion to each other and their struggle to survive in New England during the Civil War. While their father is away at war, their loving mother, Marmee, works to support the family and the four sisters rely on one another for support as they endure the hardships of wartime and poverty. The girls grow up to figure out what role each wants to play in the world and along the way, have countless unforgettable adventures. “Little Woman” is loosely based on the lives of the author and her three sisters.
About the Author
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1832, the second of four daughters of Abigail May Alcott and Bronson Alcott. Raised in Concord, Massachusetts, Louisa worked at various tasks to help support her family: sewing, teaching, domestic service, and writing. In 1862, she volunteered to serve as an army nurse in a Union hospital during the Civil War — an experience that provided her material for her first successful book, “Hospital Sketches” (1863). Between 1863 and 1869, she published several anonymous and pseudonymous Gothic romances and lurid thrillers. But fame came with the publication of her “Little Women” (1868- 69), which received immense popular acclaim and brought her financial security as well as the conviction to continue her career as a writer. In the wake of Little Women's popularity, she brought out “An Old-Fashioned Girl” (1870), “Little Men”(1871), “Eight Cousins” (1875), “Rose in Bloom” (1876), “Jo's Boys” (1886), and other books for children, as well as two adult novels, “Moods” (1864) and “Work” (1873). An active participant in the women's suffrage and temperance movements during the last decade of her life, Alcott died in Boston in 1888.
Past Book Club Picks
July 2020: "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
August 2020: "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
September 2020: "But What If We're Wrong?" by Chuck Klosterman
October 2020: "The Secrets We Kept" by Lara Prescott
November 2020: "Daisy Jones and The Six" by Taylor Jenkins Reid