To live in the experimental Alcott household known as Fruitlands must have been fraught with dizzying chaos and unease, but to read about Bronson Alcott's madcap 19th-century utopian schemes is pure pleasure. Richard Francis transports us  to a time when America was only half-fashioned, and any wild-eyed dream seemed capable of enactment.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.