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The Book That Changed My Life: Jo March Is Me

Thank goodness we live in a literary era when cultural and racial identities are seen as important mirrors in stories. That wasn’t true when I came of age. Maybe that’s why it feels odd to confess that Jo March in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was such a profound influence during my adolescence. But here’s […]

Saving Sisters: Little Women, The Hunger Games, and Frozen

Those who treasure Little Women often praise the rebel at its center or its theme of sisterhood. Louisa May Alcott helped build domestic realism with a novel set largely around a Massachusetts hearth during the Civil War, but she also might be credited with having the audacity to write a book in which young women […]

MockingJo

[In anticipation of The CW’s forthcoming “gritty” adaptation of Little Women] My name is Jo March. My home is Concord, Massachusetts. I live with my mother and three sisters while my father fights in the war. No, even that’s wrong. My name is Jo March. My home is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My half-sisters and I have […]

Was Jo March a Ravenclaw? Authors, Fans, and Who Makes the Rules

What are Harry Potter’s kids up to? Should Jo have married Professor Bhaer? Could Bella Swan have depended less on Edward? For many readers, part of being a fan is the desire to know more than what’s spelled out on the page. And when answers aren’t readily available, some readers are happy to create them […]