It's a shame that the author is so strongly linked with just one book - although Little Women does give hints of her versatility. The first part of the book is very reminiscent of Twain, being a humorous account of a journey and the various calamities which occurred. The subsequent description of hospital life, however, is stark and often very moving, and based on actual experience; it occupies relatively few pages of a short book, but is long enough to get the message over, and may be fairly likened to Whitman's Wound Dresser (I recommend the setting by Adams). This book is actually recommended reading for a Yale course (available free online) on the American Civil War, which illustrates its power. It also made me seek out more of Alcott's work, for which I'm very grateful, as it's led to the pleasure of discovering a host of fine work which I might otherwise never have looked for.