Now that I’m not in school, there are two things I really like to do: read and make stuff. Actually I spend more time looking at things I could make on the internet, but that’s a much less interesting hobby. It is, however, how I came across this book cover – an embroidered cover of Little Women soon to be released by Penguin.
While I do think it is generally lovely and awesome, I wish that some of the pictures on the cover had more to do with the story of Little Women. I have read Little Women more than almost any other book (Harry Potter books 1-4 and To Kill a Mockingbird are the clear winners, but Little Women runs a close third (also I just finished a pretty great biography of Louisa May Alcott – she is INTERESTING. Anybody want to talk about her?)), but I recognize very few of the embroidery panels as being part of the book. The front cover is pretty self-explanatory – Orchard House, Jo’s manuscript, Meg’s gloves, Mr. March’s army uniform cap, and Beth’s piano – but where does the horse come in? On the back, I get that Jo liked to read, but a stack of books just doesn’t register for me. And the cup? I don’t get it. On the front and back flaps, the panels seem to be random, lovely, but unrelated to the book. Are parasols important to the story? Do they visit a moonlit lake? And what are those beady things? Am I forgetting important parts of one of my favorite books? That’s highly possible.
Don’t worry, as a concerned fan who will never buy this book because libraries exist, I’ll make some suggestions.
1.) Limes – Amy’s great downfall at school.
2.) The post office box that Jo sets up so Laurie and the March girls can communicate, although I’m not sure whether they really describe what it looks like in the book.
3.) Stage curtains! This is a really good idea because a.) the March sisters and Laurie, eventually, put on theatricals for their families; b.) Meg and John Brooke first fall in love while coming back from a theater; c.) Professor Bhaer takes Jo backstage to watch an opera in New York – at least in the Winona Ryder movie, and really that’s the version we’re all thinking of while we read the book.
4.) Winona Ryder’s face. Same reason as #3a.
5.) Jo’s hair because that’s one of her big coming of age moments.
That should about do it. Discuss.
Also, the weather in Chicago is shaping up to be great today. What you got, Portland?
Double also, I have an interview scheduled for today and Monday, so I have high hopes of being (more) employed very soon.