The Heroine's Bookshelf

Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author: Erin Blakemore
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062016644
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
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A testament to inspirational women throughout literature, Erin Blakemore’s exploration of classic heroines and their equally admirable authors shows today’s women how to best tap into their inner strengths and live life with intelligence, grace, vitality and aplomb. This collection of unforgettable characters—including Anne Shirley, Jo March, Scarlett O’Hara, and Jane Eyre—and outstanding authors—like Jane Austen, Harper Lee, and Laura Ingalls Wilder—is an impassioned look at literature’s most compelling heroines, both on the page and off. Readers who found inspiration in books by Toni Morrison, Maud Hart Lovelace, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Alice Walker, or who were moved by literary-themed memoirs like Shelf Discovery and Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, get ready to return to the well of women’s classic literature with The Heroine's Bookshelf.

The Heroine's Bookshelf

Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author: Erin Blakemore
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780061958779
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
View: 987

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Jo March, Scarlett O’Hara, Scout Finch—the 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 back—sometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions. Witty, informative, and inspiring—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 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.

The Heroine's Journey


Author: Maureen Murdock
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834828340
Category: Psychology
Page: 232
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This book describes contemporary woman's search for wholeness in a society in which she has been defined according to masculine values. Drawing upon cultural myths and fairy tales, ancient symbols and goddesses, and the dreams of contemporary women, Murdock illustrates the need for—and the reality of—feminine values in Western culture today.

Austensibly Ordinary


Author: Alyssa Goodnight
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 0758267452
Category: Fiction
Page: 246
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When she discovers a journal that could be linked to Jane Austen, English teacher Cate Kendall, in need of a change, invents an alter ego that gets her in hot water with a mystery man and Ethan, her co-worker and Scrabble partner.

Indiscreet


Author: Candace Camp
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459241258
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Benedict Wincross appears in Camilla Ferrand's life as quickly as the gunfire pursuing him. Though his name belies the fact, he is obviously no gentleman. But Camilla realizes Benedict may be just what she needs: a temporary fiancé to satisfy her family's worries. And Benedict needs something in return: an entrée into Chevington Park, Camilla's estate, to conduct an undercover investigation into corruption—without Camilla's knowledge. Each was drawing the other into a dangerous deceit—for even if they survived the danger of Benedict's mission, how would they undo the love between them?

How to Be a Heroine

Or, What I've Learned from Reading too Much
Author: Samantha Ellis
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1101872101
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 272
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While debating literature’s greatest heroines with her best friend, thirtysomething playwright Samantha Ellis has a revelation—her whole life, she's been trying to be Cathy Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights when she should have been trying to be Jane Eyre. With this discovery, she embarks on a retrospective look at the literary ladies—the characters and the writers—whom she has loved since childhood. From early obsessions with the March sisters to her later idolization of Sylvia Plath, Ellis evaluates how her heroines stack up today. And, just as she excavates the stories of her favorite characters, Ellis also shares a frank, often humorous account of her own life growing up in a tight-knit Iraqi Jewish community in London. Here a life-long reader explores how heroines shape all our lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Unexpected Bride


Author: Debra Ullrick
Publisher: Steeple Hill
ISBN: 9781459202580
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 1979

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After the disaster of his first marriage, Haydon Bowen has no intention of marrying again. Unfortunately, his brother has some intentions of his own, and plans to see to it that Haydon finds happiness once more. So he answers a "groom wanted" advertisement—in Haydon's name—and sends Haydon to meet his new bride at the stagecoach stop! For beautiful, cultured Rainelle Devonwood, any dangers she may face in the Idaho Territories are preferable to staying with her abusive brother. So even when Rainee learns she's a mistakenly ordered bride, she won't let Haydon drive her away. She's up to the challenge of life on the difficult, demanding frontier…and the greater challenge of opening Haydon's heart again.

Thoughtless


Author: S.C. Stephens
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471126013
Category: Fiction
Page: 544
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For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source - a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he's purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes . . . and one thing's for sure - nothing will ever be the same.

Dead Letters

A Novel
Author: Caite Dolan-Leach
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 039958885X
Category: Fiction
Page: 332
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Zelda Antipova--presumed dead--leaves a series of clues for her twin sister, Ava, which leads her on a scavenger-hunt-like quest to solve the mystery of Zelda's disappearance.

It Happened One Bite


Author: Lydia Dare
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402245092
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
View: 1996

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He's lost, trapped, doomed for all eternity... Rich, titled, and undead, gentleman vampyre James Maitland, Lord Kettering, fears himself doomed to a cold and lonely existence-trapped for decades in an abandoned castle. Then, beautiful Scottish witch Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things begin to heat up considerably... Unless he can persuade her to set him free... Feisty Blaire Lindsay laughs off the local gossip surrounding her mother's ancestral home-stories of haunting cannot scare off this battle-born witch. But when she discovers the handsome prisoner in the bowels of the castle, Blaire has no idea that she has unleashed anything more than a man who sets her heart on fire... Praise for Tall Dark and Wolfish: "A deliciously delightful read...witty repartee, scorching sensuality, wonderfully complex characters, and an intriguing plot combine to make an unforgettable story." -Romance Junkies "Truly captivating...an enticing and addictive read." -Book Junkie "A scorching hot read, full of magick and desire." -Love Romance Passion "A fun romp of a book, Lydia Dare continues to amuse and intrigue." -Fresh Fiction

Luscious


Author: Amanda Usen
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402262191
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Eat, play, love Plain old ice cream just isn't going to cut it. To beat these blues, chef Olivia Marconi needs the good stuff: rich, creamy tiramisu gelato. And no place better to get it than Italy. But a fresh start is nearly impossible with Sean Kindred dogging her every move. She's been burned by his too-hot-to-handle antics before. Though there's no denying the man can still get her all fired up. Could a weeklong affair finally turn into something more lasting...or will it all go up in flames? Praise from Scrumptious: "Usen's debut rules the kitchen with lip-smacking prose and rowdy protagonists who put Iron Chef to shame." —Publishers Weekly "A sexy, heartfelt, laugh-out-loud culinary romance." —Louisa Edwards, author of Hot Under Pressure "Readers can practically taste, see, and feel every word." —RT Book Reviews "The perfect dish for your reading day." —Romance Junkies

To Love a Wicked Lord


Author: Edith Layton
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061976407
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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In To Love a Wicked Lord, USA Today bestselling author Edith Layton offers the sensation romance of Maxwell, Lord Montrose, who is determined to help Pippa find her missing fiance. But when the couple crosses England in close quarters, even the best of intentions may fall victim to passion’s ruin . . .

The Book of SHE

Your Heroine's Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power
Author: Sara Avant Stover
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1608682900
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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Women face many challenging transitions on the pilgrimage from girlhood through womanhood: menses, love and heartbreak, motherhood, menopause. Devoid of a central narrative, these rites of passage too often happen in shame and secrecy, leaving women doubting their personal power and self-worth. Bestselling author and founder of The Way of the Happy Woman®, Sara Avant Stover saw how women erroneously viewed these initiations as “curses” and sought to present a new model that reflected the power and wisdom unique to the feminine path. The Book of SHE celebrates all that it means to be a woman, from mythological underpinnings to the cycles of our day-to-day lives. Drawing on archetypes including Mary Magdalene, the Dark Goddess, and Green Tara, Stover will guide you on a journey home to psychological wholeness, personal empowerment, and, ultimately, full feminine spiritual Awakening. Brimming with mystery and magic, this provocative book makes ancient wisdom and healing practices accessible to every woman who is ready to revel in her full femininity — the dark and the light — through joyfully becoming the heroine of her own life.

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott


Author: Kelly O'Connor McNees
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101186208
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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A richly imagined, remarkably written story of the woman who created Little Women- and how love changed her in ways she never expected. Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees returns to the summer of 1855, when vivacious Louisa May Alcott is twenty-two and bursting to free herself from family and societal constraints and do what she loves most. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire, she meets Joseph Singer, and as she opens her heart, Louisa finds herself torn between a love that takes her by surprise and her dream of independence as a writer in Boston. The choice she must make comes with a steep price that she will pay for the rest of her life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Literally


Author: Lucy Keating
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062380060
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 256
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From the author of Dreamology comes a young adult love story that blurs the line between reality and fiction… Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. It turns out that Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word? The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut novel, which School Library Journal called “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”

Living Dead Girl


Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416960600
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 176
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After being abducted when she was ten and abused for five years by her kidnapper, Ray, Alice's only hope of freedom is in death, but her only way to achieve such an escape is to help Ray find the next girl for his collection.

The Reading Promise

My Father and the Books We Shared
Author: Alice Ozma
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455504505
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
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When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college. Alice approaches her book as a series of vignettes about her relationship with her father and the life lessons learned from the books he read to her. Books included in the Streak were: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Shakespeare's plays.

Ash


Author: Malinda Lo
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316071338
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 272
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The haunting, romantic lesbian retelling of Cinderella and modern queer classic by award-winning author Malinda Lo--now with an introduction by Holly Black, a letter from the author, a Q&A, and more! In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted. The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Their friendship, as delicate as a new bloom, reawakens Ash's capacity for love--and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love. Entrancing and empowering, Ash beautifully unfolds the connections between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

Hattie Big Sky


Author: Kirby Larson
Publisher: Ember
ISBN: 0440239419
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 305
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After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe. Newbery Honor Book & ALA Notable Book for Children. Reprint.

Jane Austen, Feminism and Fiction

Second Edition
Author: Margaret Kirkham
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0567453367
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 204
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A classic account of Jane Austen in the context of eighteenth century feminist ideas and contemporary thought.