Picador (October 2010)
Just in time for the holidays, Picador is hosting a giveaway of both the book and DVD: Lousia May Alcott – The Woman Behind Little Woman.
The Book (from the Author’s website):
A vivid, energetic account of the life of the beloved author whose work has delighted millions of readers, Louisa May Alcott portrays a writer as worthy of interest in her own right as her most famous character, Jo March, and addresses all aspects of Alcott’s life: the effect of her father’s self-indulgent utopian schemes; her family’s chronic economic difficulties and frequent uprootings; her experience as a nurse in the Civil War; the loss of her health; and her frequent recourse to opiates in searh of relief from migraines, insomnia, and symptomatic pain. Stories and details culled from Alcott’s journals; her equally rich letters to family, friends, publishers, and admiring readers; and the correspondence, journals, and recollections of her family, friends, and famous contemporaries provide the basis for this true-life rags-to-riches tale.
This book has been making Top 10 Lists all over the place:
- Top 10 Standout Selection 2009 (WALL STREET JOURNAL)
- Top 5 Adult Books for Young Adult Readers (BOOKLIST 2009 EDITORS’ CHOICE)
- Top 5 Biographies 2009 (NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO)
- Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2009 (BOOKPAGE)
The DVD (from the Author’s Website):
The first film biography of an American icon. Starring Elizabeth Marvel and featuring Jane Alexander, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women tells the story of this remarkable woman’s quest to rescue her family from poverty and to find wealth, fame and happiness for herself. To make Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, Producer-Writer Harriet Reisen and Producer-Director Nancy Porter worked from a script drawn from primary sources and filmed in many original locations, using documentary and dramatic techniques of the historical documentary, as well as experimental and flash animation, green-screen, and digital effects. The result is an inventive, entertaining, and intimate portrait of the surprising Miss Alcott.
Check out the opening sequence for the DVD:
If you don’t win a copy, consider purchasing a copy here.
ABOUT the AUTHOR (from the Author’s website):
Harriet Reisen’s diverse credits include: in media; scripting dramatic and historical documentaries for PBS and HBO, co-producing National Public Radio (NPR) series Blacklisted [for Tony Kahn], and contributing radio commentary to Morning Edition, Marketplace, and Morning Stories. Music: two regional Emmy nominations for Best Song (with Jeanie Stahl) and Best Composer. Lyrics: songs on Rounder Records (Mason Daring, producer), and award-winning video, “Jersey Shore” (with Jeanie Stahl and Tony Kahn). Teaching: film history and criticism at Stanford University, and screenwriting at Harvard Summer School. Journalism: articles about Mexican language schools, Mexican Art, Mexican margaritas, and international adoption in Travel and Leisure, Provincetown Arts, Tin House, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Visit the author on her Facebook Page (accessible to even non-Facebook members, the site has great links to reading guides, a brand new photo gallery that just went up this month, a video, etc.)
- Open only to U.S. mailing addresses (Picador will be mailing winners directly)
- One winner will win a copy of the book AND DVD.
- Contest closes on December 1st at 5:00 PM PST
- Visit the author’s website here…and find something on that page (or the links from that page) that you did NOT know about Louisa May Alcott. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what you learned.
- I’ll be drawing a winner either on the evening of December 1st or the morning of December 2nd and will announce the winner here on my blog!