- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (October 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006195876X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061958762
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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An exploration of classic heroines and their equally admirable authors, The Heroine's Bookshelf shows today's women how to tap into their inner strengths and live life with intelligence and grace.
Jo March, Scarlett O'Hara, Scout Finchthe literary canon is brimming with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines and celebrated female authors. Like today's women, they placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood, and family. When they were up against the wall, authors like Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott fought backsometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions. In this witty, informative, and inspiring read, their stories offer much-needed literary intervention to modern women.
Full of beloved heroines and the remarkable writers who created them, The Heroine's Bookshelf explores how the pluck and dignity of literary characters such as Jane Eyre and Lizzy Bennet can encourage women today.
Each legendary character is paired with her central qualityAnne Shirley is associated with irrepressible "Happiness," while Scarlett O'Hara personifies "Fight"along with insights into her author's extraordinary life. From Zora Neale Hurston to Colette, Laura Ingalls Wilder to Charlotte BrontË, Harper Lee to Alice Walker, here are authors and characters whose spirited stories are more inspiring today than ever.
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However the author's writing style UST didn't do anything for me. Her sentences and sentence sequencing often just didn't make sense, leaving me to puzzle out just what she was trying to say. Her musings weren't exactly all that deep, and she has a tendacy to ramble.
I did enjoy revisiting old friends but I have to say I've read better in this genre.
My book club read this and I would not suggest it as something to be read as a book club. There isn't a whole lot to discuss from it (besides which books you've read and haven't read). I would suggest someone to read this if they are looking for something to read for their book club.
If I could have, I would have taken off half a star for the "Read this book when..." section at the end of each chapter. Really too "lite" for the kind of thinking that has gone into each author/heroine pairing. But I liked that there are suggestions for further reading at each chapter's end. Women authors deserve to be read more widely!
Overall, a job well done in an honest, enthusiastic voice. Looking forward to more from Erin Blakemore.
The Heroine's Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore
This book is a book for book lovers. The author chronicles major female characters (Jo March, Scout Finch, Jane Eyre) and details what these characters have taught her and brought to her life. She ends each character section with recommendations of when to read these books and what other books readers may enjoy. It was a nice, quick literary read.
It's educational but also thought-provoking. I want to loan it to my friend's teenage daughter so she can get a good idea of some of the classics with a female point of view. In the age of the internet, I'm afraid too many young women only know about Jane Austen if Gwynnie Paltrow is attached to the movie.
This is a fun and easy read, while still giving you food for thought and an appreciation for what women authors have gone through in order to get their words in your hands. I highly recommend it to any age and either gender!
I've gotten bad about reading, with the internet and life and all my other distractions, I hardly ever crack a book anymore. This book has rekindled my affection for my old literary friends and has reminded me of the value of escaping to the world of books.
I've taken to bringing the book with me most places I go. It's small and light, so it fits easily in my purse. And as I am sitting at my favorite cafe I'll read a chapter or two. I took it with me to the spa for a day of relaxation and rest and indulgence, and it is just the right balance of easy read and interesting ideas to help pass the time.