Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I picked Little Women because it is a lifelong favorite that I have reread at many points in my life. The original edition I read had photos from the 1933 movie starring Katharine Hepburn. I still have that book.The sisters in the book helped change my outlook on how to be in the world.They were striving to be their best and yet to have humility.
I was just turning eleven when I first read Little Women. I found it on a book shelf at home during the summer and read it on our front porch.
The first time I read the book I was struck by the tragedy of Beth’s untimely death at age 19. This quote in the chapter Beth’s Secret was one of the saddest things I had ever read:
“I only mean to say that I have a feeling that it never was intended I should livelong. I’m not like the rest of you. I never made any plans about what I’d do when I grew up. I never thought of being married, as you all did. I couldn’t seem to imagine myself anything but stupid little Beth, trotting about at home,of no use anywhere but there.”
–Submitted by Barb Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian