Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Heroine's Bookshelf review

This was such a fun book to read and the perfect holiday gift to send literary friends. Not only will you learn all sorts of great info about classic women authors, but you'll also get more depth to the characters we all know and love. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jo March, Scout Finch, and Jane Eyre are just a few of the strong female women that  have impressed readers all over the world and as the author shows, their lessons can be deeper than just simple stories. 

Each chapter begins with a heading, named for the lesson that particular author and character stands for. There's "Happiness" for Anne Shirley and "Faith" for Janie Crawford in Their Eyes Were Watching God and ten others. And you'll get a look into author Erin Blakemore's own life journey. 

The author uses the lessons that she personally learned from each woman and writes through them in a witty and thoughtful manner. We get insight into the authors' lives, while learning more about these special and unique characters. I loved the chapter about Francie Nolan and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and I think the chapter on Jane Eyre has finally convinced me to actually pick up the book!

Great for a stocking stuffer for your favorite literary junkie!

The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder
Erin Blakemore
224 pages
Non-Fiction
Harper
9780061958762
October 2010
Review copy received from publisher

3 comments:

Susan said...

Oooh, this sounds like a perfect bookish read. I'm going to have to get my hands on a copy!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I've heard a lot of lovely things about this book.

Janel said...

I agree this book definitely encourages you to read the books that inspired the collection. I'm actually hosting a reading challenge based on the book next year if you are you interested in joining!

http://bibliophibian.blogspot.com/p/heroines-bookshelf-reading-challenge.html