Review No.94 – The Heroine’s Bookshelf

The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder – Erin Blakemore

Harper, 2010

What makes a protagonist a heroine? From defiantly optimistic Anne Shirley and her troubled creator to the parallel lives of Charlotte Brontë and Jane Eyre, Erin Blakemore explores the lives and works of some of her most beloved female authors, celebrating remarkable women both fictional and real.

How could I possibly resist a title like that? Blakemore’s idea is a lovely one and while the result is a little too self-help for my taste, and the writing is uneven, it’s also informative and sincere. It’s always interesting to hear about the impressions other people have of books I love, and what books they love that I haven’t read myself – and I’m of the firm conviction there can never be too much celebration of literary heroines, or their creators.

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