Madison Cissell

Title: Little Women: an annotated edition

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Student: Madison Cissell

Why this book? I first read Little Women when I was around ten years old, and didn’t particularly like it. However, it is a book that I have revisited as an adult and fallen in love with, and I anticipate many more re-readings of this tale about the March sisters in my lifetime. It is striking to me how relatable the central characters are. Keep in mind this was published in 1868! The fact that it is still so applicable to my experiences as a sister and young woman, and that it continues to teach me life lessons 153 years later is a testament to its magic.

I love this book because of how perfectly it encapsulates the warm naivety of childhood. There’s no better word to describe it, this book is warm. As the oldest of three sisters, I adore this novel even more for the way it perfectly portrays growing up in a female and feminist household with sisters that are your greatest treasures in life, even when they’re a real Amy. All of the characters in this book are good. They’re not perfect, but they’re all good, and I think Louisa May Alcott’s perspective on these good, yet flawed people is a philosophy worth investing in. I highly encourage watching the 2019 film of the same name after reading

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