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The Heroine's Bookshelf

          



Way back in October, newport2newport posted an interview
with Erin Blakemore, author of THE HEROINE'S BOOKSHELF:
Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder.
 




Lucky duck that I am, I won a copy of the book.
I read it as soon as it arrived but am only just now getting around
to sharing my thoughts because I worried I wouldn't do the book justice.
I'm still not confident I will, but am forging ahead.  

Ahem.

I have three words for you: Read this now.

Erin Blakemore divided her book into twelve parts
and assigned each a fictional character:

Self
Faith
Happiness
Dignity
Family Ties
Indulgence
Fight 
Compassion
Simplicity
Steadfastness
Ambition
Magic


For instance, Celie from THE COLOR PURPLE comes under Dignity,
and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD's Scout Finch represents Compassion.

Not only does Ms. Blakemore highlight the characters' connections to
those traits, but also the women who created those characters.

Wow.
As a writer who has experienced a fair share of the emotional ups and downs
associated with the pursuit of publication, I very much appreciated learning the
background on the authors' lives.
(A sneak peek: They lived some turbulent lives.  Wow.)

I've read all but two of the highlighted novels (and will read those others!),
but gained fresh perspectives on all those heroines.  
Reading THE HEROINE'S BOOKSHELF was like having a private book club
discussion in the luxury of my own bed (yes, I read the entire book propped
against pillows.)  At the risk of sounding contradictory, I felt both comforted and
adventurous as I read this book; it reaffirmed earlier thoughts and exposed me to new ideas.

Do your literary soul a favor and read THE HEROINE'S BOOKSHELF now.

           

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barbarabaker
Dec. 28th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
It sounds really good. I'll have to get a copy.
tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
I hope you read it and love it as much as me, Barbara.
kellyrfineman
Dec. 29th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
My copy of this book is staring at me. (I bought it after Melodye's review, but haven't read it. Yet.) Guess I'd better get on it, huh?
tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
That's so cool you already have the book, Kelly. I bet once you start reading it, you'll be hooked.
kellyrfineman
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
I started it last night. Read the introduction (and loved it) and part of the first chapter, but I got bleary-eyed and stopped.
tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
I understand bleary-eyed. I hate "wasting" books on bleary-eyed. Good call on stopping at that point.
christy_lenzi
Dec. 29th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Sounds great! I just put it on my to-read list--thanks!
tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Hey Christy! Nice to see you here. :)

Hope you enjoy the book!
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tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: YAY!!!
This is such a great example of word-of-mouth. Anyone who reads the book will fall in love, right?

Thank you again for spotlighting it on your blog.
anabelgonzalez
Dec. 29th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
it goes to my list of books to read! thank you!
tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Anabel. Enjoy!
onlyemarie
Dec. 29th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
This put a HUGE smile on my face, Tracy! Thanks so much :)
tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
The image of you with a huge smile on your face has put a huge smile on my face!

I'm happy to spread the word about such a wonderful book, Erin.
tracy_d74
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
Did I tell you that I de-friend people who make me add more books to my TBR list? No? Well, aren't you in for a surprise. ;)

Okay, I'm totally kidding. You're stuck with me. But man! Another book? After the additions I made over the holidays, I will have to live....*clicks on calculator....one thousand years in order to read all the books on my TBR. I guess I need to find a vampire, huh?
tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Oh. I totally get this. I'm overwhelmed by the number of books I intend to read.

This is the kind of book you can have on your nightstand and read a portion at a time. It's deep and delicious, and you'll want to savor it. Or gobble it. Either approach works. :)
karenbschwartz
Dec. 29th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
that sounds great. I just finished Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom. It was so interesting to read her letters to her children's authors and illustrators over the years.
tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
DEAR GENIUS also sounds very good. I love getting those backstory insights.
patesden
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful. Actually, I have a critique partner who I think would adore this--and she could use a lift right now. Thanks for the recomend.
tracyworld
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this makes me so happy! Spreading the joy and offering support to fellow writers. Way to go, Pat!
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