Recently, I have discovered the following famous quote by Louisa May Alcott: “She is too fond of books and it has turned her head.” I’m not sure exactly where I first saw it, and somehow over the past few months, I have been repeatedly exposed to it on social media. Despite being unable to pinpoint the location of the first exposure, I do remember the feeling I had when I first really paid attention to it. I realized that more than any quote I had ever read, this one felt deeply personal to me, almost as if it were written about me. In exploring the bookish world as an adult, and trying to find my place in it, this quote has become something of a personal and professional battle cry. Maybe quotes work similarly to the proverb about teachers, they appear when the student is ready.
I was equally delighted to see that this quote was penned by Louisa May Alcott, the creator of Josephine March. Josephine, or preferably Jo, if you aren’t aware, has become something of an icon among bookish girls. In fact, despite that fact that the quote is from Work: A Study of Experience, I still consider this quote a description of my favorite March girl. As a child I certainly related to Jo and my hours spent immersed in Little Women (I read it a few times each year) helped me to not feel so isolated despite my introverted nature. Even as an adult I can still get angry at Laurie and want to angrily protest, “You clearly ended up with the wrong girl!” Somehow I suspect that if I were to reread the book now, I might have a different perspective. Stay tuned for a full review of Little Women in March when I re-read my beloved childhood favorite for the first time as an adult.