"A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors. "

When I was in the fifth grade, I got Little Women for Christmas. It was a Whitman edition, one with a hard cardboard cover and the March house on the front. Once I started reading, I was hooked.

I couldn't put it down. I loved the March family, and I loved Jo the most. She was strong and outspoken, and I wanted to be Jo.

I remember crying when Beth died. Little Women was the most important book in my life. It led me away from children's books to the classics.

This whole new world opened for me. I read them all. I followed Jo everywhere she went, through every novel.

When Robinson Crusoe found Friday, I was almost as .... 1:09 a.m. Wednesday 25th February 2009 EST
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