Heroine's Bookshelf, The
Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder
By Erin Blakemore
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061958779, 224pp.)
Publication Date: November 2011
Jo March, Scarlett OHara, Scout Finchthe literary canon is brimming with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines and celebrated female authors. They placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood, and family, not unlike women of today. When they were up against the wall, authors like Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott fought backsometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions.
Witty, informative, and inspiringfull of beloved heroines and the remarkable writers who created themThe Heroines Bookshelf explores how the pluck and dignity of literary characters such as Jane Eyre and Lizzy Bennet can encourage modern women, showing them how to tap into their inner strengths and live life with intelligence and grace. From Zora Neale Hurston to Colette, Laura Ingalls Wilder to Charlotte BrontË, Harper Lee to Alice Walker, here are authors whose spirited stories and characters are more inspiring today than ever.
Erin Blakemore learned to drool over Darcy and cry over Little Women in suburban San Diego, California. These days her inner heroine loves roller derby, running her own business, and hiking in her adopted hometown of Boulder, Colorado.
“[A] delightful guide to what the heroines of some of the great novels by women writers, and those writers themselves can teach us about life.”
“If you’re stumped for your next pleasure book and want to submerse yourself in a literary past sprinkled with powerful, independent women like Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott, Blakemore’s book provides the perfect portal.”
-New York Press
“Blakemore finds comfort and inspiration in revisiting the tales of literature’s leading ladies and exploring the lives of the women who spun them. [She] makes a charming case for rereading.”