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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Susan Cheever
Ever since the mid-20th century, when Madeleine Stern discovered that Louisa May Alcott had pseudonymously written a series of melodramatic thrillers to support the Alcott family in the years before she hit pay dirt with "Little Women," writers have looked for something new to say about this most famous 19th-century American female author.
In 1939, about 5,000 copies of a book offering hopeless drunks a spiritual path to recovery through 12 steps was released by a fledgling fellowship of alcoholics.
Susan Cheever spent, she says, 10 years writing about Louisa May Alcott, which presumably includes the time used to write her previous book about Alcott and the rest of the Concord literary group, "American Bloomsbury" (2006).
While some critics question whether AA really works for most, Ms. Cheever said Wilson would have hated the idea of forcing it down the throats of anybody, including prison inmates or court defendants, against their will.