11 Books Like 'Little Women' For Meg, Jo, Beth, And Amy Devotees

By Kerri Jarema

Although Louisa May Alcott's Little Women was released 150 years ago, the novel is still beloved by readers, and so influential that it has been adapted into three films — including the much-hyped and highly-anticipated Greta Gerwig-directed Little Women, which hits theaters on Dec. 25. In fact, the upcoming film adaption starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, and Timothée Chalamet seems to have caused a surge in interest in the 1919 novel, which follows the four March sisters — Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy — as they come of age during and after the Civil War.

The film — and the novel — focus on the the passionate and independent Jo as she struggles to find her place in the world and make her authorial dreams come true at a time when a woman's only ambition is supposed to be marriage and motherhood. Louisa May Alcott's Jo has long been held up as a feminist icon, and based on the film's official trailer and interviews with Gerwig and the cast, it sounds like the movie will really emphasize the female empowerment angle.

If you just can't wait for the film to hit theaters this holiday season, I've got 11 books below to read in the meantime. Some are novels about sisterhood, family, and coming-of-age, while others are nonfiction books about Louisa May Alcott and her most famous work.