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Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy

Nonfiction: Biography, Literary
Unabridged   9.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/21/2018

Library Journal Best Books 2018

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy

The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684413201
Digital Download ISBN:9781684413218


As the beloved classic celebrates its 150th anniversary, discover the story of the novel that captured the imaginations of generations of girls.

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Since its publication on September 30, 1868, Little Women has been one of America's 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 War–era 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 novel's beating heart in its honest look at adolescence and its inspiring vision of young women's 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.


“Reading Anne Boyd Rioux’s engaging Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters, has made me pick up Alcott’s novel yet again with renewed insight and inspiration. Every fan of Little Women will delight in reading this book. And all the women―and men―who haven’t read the novel will race to it after reading Rioux.” -Ann Hood, author of Morningstar and The Book That Matters Most

Author Bio

Anne Boyd Rioux, professor at the University of New Orleans, author of Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist, and editor of Miss Grief and Other Stories, has received two National Endowment for the Humanities Awards, one for public scholarship. She lives in New Orleans.