The perfect book for anyone looking to reconnect with a childhood (or adult!) favorite. Rioux explores Little Women‘s creation, legacy, and future with insights into Alcott’s life, commentary on the many, many adaptations of her most famous novel, and input from notable people (like J. K. Rowling and Theodore Roosevelt) who’ve felt a deep connection to it.
A 150th anniversary tribute describes the cultural significance of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, exploring how its relatable themes and depictions of family resilience, community, and female resourcefulness have inspired generations of writers.
“Lively and informative…Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy does what―ideally―books about books can do: I’ve taken Little Women down from my shelf and put it on top of the books I plan to read.”- Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review
“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