Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 1868
Okay, so the gal pals in this novel are sisters, but isn’t that often the closest friendship of all? Most of us read this long, meandering novel as pre-teens or teens. I wanted to be Jo the first time I read Little Women. Writing stories and actually having them published seemed so romantic when seen through Jo’s eyes. Reading it as an adult is a completely different experience. The four March sisters have very different temperaments, talents, and aspirations, but their relationships with each other are vital to the story. If you enjoy the novel, the Metropolitan Library System also holds four different productions of Little Women on DVD, the latest version starring Winona Ryder as Jo, Claire Danes as Beth, and Kirsten Dunst as young Amy.