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Whelan, Gloria.  
New York : HarperCollins, 2002
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN 0066238153
The year 1843 saw the beginning of an ambitious experiment for Bronson Alcott and his family.  Bronson believed that man must live simply and in harmony with nature in order to become closer to God.  He believed that man must not eat animals or downward growing crops.  The Bronson family teamed up with a man from England to create this utopian society.  They bought a farm in Massachusetts and sought out others to join the community.  The life was harsh and the children gave up much to be with their parents.  Young Louisa May Alcott was only 10 years old when her father moved the family to Fruitlands.  He instructed her to keep a diary that would be shared with him.  Although her real diary was destroyed, this is a fictionalized diary that contains information on her life during her time at Fruitlands.  Find out what life was like and what became of this noble experiment.
SUBJECTS:     Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888 -- Family -- Fiction.
                        Utopias -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Massachusetts -- Fiction.
                        Massachusetts -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Fiction.


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