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Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters | Anne Boyd Rioux
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As the beloved classic celebrates its 150th anniversary, discover the story of the novel that captured the imaginations of generations of girls. Since its publication on September 30, 1868, Little Women has been one of Americas favorite stories. While we now think of it as a girls book, it was initially read by both boys and girls, men and women of all ages. Professor Anne Boyd Rioux, who read it in her twenties, tells us how Louisa May Alcott came to write the book and drew inspiration for her story from her own life. Its Civil Warera tale of family and community ties resonated through later wars, the Depression, and times of changing opportunities for women, even into the twenty-first century. Rioux sees the novels beating heart in its honest look at adolescence and its inspiring vision of young womens resilience and hope. In gauging its reception today, she shows why it remains a book with such power that people carry its characters and spirit throughout their lives.
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Andrea313
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When your dress matches your book. #currentlyreading #louisamayalcott

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sarahljensen
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This book covers what you might expect like Alcott's biography, and it does it well. In the concluding section it asks questions why we expect girls to read Huck Finn but don't expect boys to read Little Women. It continues to ask what this might mean to imply that boys don't need to bother understanding the inner life of girls but it is taken for granted that girls think about the inner life of boys. I agree with the conclusions she reaches.

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BookishMarginalia
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Who knew there was a Little Women opera? Not me! I‘ve learned so much from this book and I highly recommend it. It really well written, entertaining, and informative. It also has made me want to reread Little Women.

Peddler410 I just finished reading Little Women to my 10 year old. We had to take a break for Zorgamazoo. Until now, I‘ve only read an abridged version (unknowingly)! And I read it annually from age 10 - 19 🤦🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Bookwormjillk I finished this today and agree with you. Great book! 6mo
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Andrea313
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Friday afternoon indulgence. #currentlyreading

BooknerdsLife Beautiful tea cup set 😍😍🌸 7mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I‘ve been listening to, and really enjoying this audiobook in the car. Very interesting!

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JeannePW

A book about my favorite book!

RaimeyGallant Fun! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!! ❤️💙♥️💜💚 8mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 8mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Rioux takes readers on a journey through Alcott‘s life, and how her most famous novel was conceived and brought to life. It then focuses on the novel‘s instant success and enduring legacy.

A must read for anyone who has a soft spot in their heart for Little Women.

#ATY2019 #ATY

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Itchyfeetreader Soft spot. Check. This sounds like it was written for me! Stacked 9mo
BibliOphelia My name is Beth, and my sister is Amy. I was always pissed at my mom for not naming me Jo. 😂 This is definitely getting stacked! 9mo
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Lauren.Archer
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This was an excellent book that covers many areas of Little Women from Louisa May Alcott to adaptations, to literary criticism and finally how Little Women has made an impact on a new generation of female Literary characters. Extremely well written and highly enjoyable.

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Lauren.Archer
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Next up...I read Little Women last month, thought this along with Geraldine Brook‘s March would compliment that nicely.

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eedevore
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Soth thinks this chapter title needs a little editing: “A Private Book for Girls [and Cats]” Can Boys [and Dogs] Read Little Women. Spoiler alert: Soth‘s answer is no. He doesn‘t want to have to explain the scenes with Beth‘s kittens to his dog sisters.

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KatyAliceReads
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While I am very much enjoying this book... I must fervently disagree with the author. Winona Ryder is THE definitive Jo March, and NOTHING you can write will ever convince me that casting her was anywhere near a mistake.

scripturient True, I absolutely adored her as Jo!!! 1y
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RobinGustafson
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Thankful for a three day weekend. Time to get some reading on! Next up: Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy : the Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux @bookcougars #fridayreads #littlewomen #louisamayalcott #bookcougarsreadalong

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A lovely overview of Alcott‘s life, the publication history of Little Women, & how Alcott‘s most famous creation has endured as a beloved work of American lit. Unless we‘re talking about the “canon” then “ugh, girl cooties” which is the basis for almost an entire chapter about why boys don‘t/aren‘t expected to read “girl books” even as girls are fully expected to read “boy books”. I spent almost that whole chapter yelling PREACH SISTER at my iPad.

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Insightsintobooks
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I'm enjoying this #ARC so far. I like learning about the formation of "Little Women".

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Librarybelle
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Take a look at this book coming out in August...a literary criticism on why Little Women is still relevant. Sounds good for anyone who loves Little Women.

rubyslippersreads This sounds right up my alley! 😊 2y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Mine, too. 😍 2y
PenguinInFlight 🙋🏻‍♀️❤️ 2y
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LauraBeth Still my favorite ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
SharonGoforth Oooh!! 2y
Librarybelle @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @PenguinInFlight @LauraBeth @SharonGoforth I was so excited to see this...hoping to get to this soon! 2y
SharonGoforth Look forward to your thoughts on it!! 2y
theladygreer I just interviewed Anne about this book on my blog today! She's fabulous. 2y
Librarybelle @theladygreer I think this sounds like an amazing book. I didn‘t get a chance to read your blog entry today...I‘m going there right now! 2y
batsy Ooh, sounds great! I subscribe to the author's newsletter, The Bluestocking. I love it—each one features a lesser-known woman writer from the past. 2y
Librarybelle @batsy I‘ll have to sign up for that too...sounds interesting! 2y
Pamwurtzler @kitty_reads take a look at this! Sounds good! 2y
kitty_reads @Pamwurtzler omg that looks excellent!! 2y
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theladygreer
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Today I've got Anne Boyd Rioux on #womenshistoryreads, discussing forgotten women writers, LITTLE WOMEN, & how #womenshistoryisheretostay. Greermacallister.com/blog #womenshistorymonth

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