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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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Sep 28, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: chick-lit
Recommended to Claudia by: Jennifer T
Recommended for: I wish all my girls would read it.
Read in October, 2008 , read count: at least 4

Well, I cried all over again reading Beth's death. I remember my sister and my mom and I sitting together, sobbing years ago. I am one of those women who wanted to be Jo, and thought I despised Amy...but this time, I could see the growth in Amy's character...she isn't a shallow air-head. She had to give up her dream of being an artist and she faced her lack of 'genius' with grace.

While the characters are idealized, I wasn't disappointed rereading this book. Alcott does a good job of making each sister enough of an individual so that she can talk about the challenges women of her time faced, and the rewards that awaited them.

I asked around, and couldn't find any of my students who've read this book...what a shame. I think there's so much here that still speaks to sisters and young women and mothers. I'll certainly never be Marmee, just as I was never really going to be Jo either...

Now on to March by Geraldine Brooks.

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Corey Well, it was one of my favorite movies growing up, and I tried reading it in middle school, but I think I was too young to follow it well, and I stopped about halfway through. But it is on my list of books to read, and if you had asked me and I was still in your class, I would have said yes!ish.

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