Little Women by Lia Marcoux

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Artist Statement

Unfortunately while I love Little Women I don't actually trust it! There's a lot of reactive and reductive ideology hidden inside a really well-written book (it's both so good and so unilaterally in favor of marriage, motherhood, and sending Christian missionaries to Montana's native peoples! She was progressive for her time, but thankfully times have changed!). That being said, I'm 100% in favor of reading and literacy. :)

My mother began working in a library when I was in elementary school. This marked the end of 1. late fees and 2. moderation in reading. If I liked an author, I would request the other 45 books they'd written and read them all in a row. I pace myself per author now, so there's more variety in my reading diet, but I do have my 14-digit library card number memorized (it's mostly 2 and 4s, so not hugely impressive, but very useful). I don't own any purses that can't fit a book. Because, obviously, where would I put my book?! I have been known to ask a roomful of party guests "So have you read any good books lately?". Someone always has! I love reading aloud to my students, ages 4 to 12, and I'm equally happy to see them reading independently, often with so much intensity that you have to wave your hand between them and the book to bring them back. Wait, is anyone anti-reading or anti-literacy, other than Matilda's parents? Who? Why? How? Jane Austen has some choice words for them - “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Read a book! Any book! Enjoy! — Lia Marcoux