The Heroine's Bookshelf

The Heroine's Bookshelf

Life Lessons, From Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder

Book - 2010
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A testament to inspirational women throughout literature, Erin Blakemore's exploration of classic heroines and their equally admirable authors shows today's women how to best tap into their inner strengths and live life with intelligence, grace, vitality and aplomb. This collection of unforgettable characters--including Anne Shirley, Jo March, Scarlett O'Hara, and Jane Eyre--and outstanding authors--like Jane Austen, Harper Lee, and Laura Ingalls Wilder--is an impassioned look at literature's most compelling heroines, both on the page and off. Readers who found inspiration in books by Toni Morrison, Maud Hart Lovelace, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Alice Walker, or who were moved by literary-themed memoirs like Shelf Discovery and Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, get ready to return to the well of women's classic literature with The Heroine's Bookshelf.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2010
ISBN: 9780061958762
Branch Call Number: 809.93 BLA 2010
Characteristics: 200 p

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julia_sedai
Jun 16, 2016

I enjoyed reading about the authors versus their characters, and what we can learn from each of them. There were a few books that I haven't read, so I've added them to my to-read list. Some of the authors mentioned are Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre), Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice), Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind), Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird), and a few others. Some of the authors are completely scandalous, and Blakemore really likes them. Each author/character combo is an essay on its own. I recommend this to anyone who likes reading classics with a female lead.

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