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The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder

Hello Dear Followers,

I am so excited for my December book choice! This month I will be reading “The Heroine’s Bookshelf” by Erin Blakemore.

Now in paperback!

While I will talk a little bit here, for my introductory post to the book, I will have the author herself talk to my followers about her book.

Ms. Blakemore’s book re-introduces us to our favorite literary heroines and brings them back to life through their wisdom and   personal lives in her book.

We are reunited with Jane Austen and Lizzy Bennett, Louisa May Alcott and Jo March, Laura Ingalls Wilder and many more.

Ms. Blakemore and myself will be doing a giveaway next week, one random winner from the United States and Canada will get a copy of “The Heroine’s Bookshelf.” Just tell us who your literary heroine is and why in the comment section of this blog and on Facebook (Books From My Closet) and on Twitter at @BooksFrMyCloset.

According to Ms. Blakemore, she 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. Ms. Blakemore’s debut book, “The Heroine’s Bookshelf,” won the Colorado Book Award in 2010 and is now available in paperback from Harper Perennial. Learn more at

A Guest Blog Post from Erin Blakemore Enjoy!

Erin Blakemore

Quirks of the Heroines

When I wrote The Heroine’s Bookshelf, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I knew that my favorite authors had heroic lives that happened on a big scale, but I suspected they tended more toward the tragic than the comic. This turned out to be true in its way, but one of the best part about learning about my personal literary heroines was discovering their personal quirks and pecadilloes.

Here are a few of my favorite examples:

  • Louisa May Alcott was a runner at a time when women simply didn’t run. She’d jet out the door and run around her Concord, MA neighborhood to blow off steam.
  • Margaret Mitchell was kicked out of the Junior League in Atlanta, GA after performing the Apache dance, a risqué dance that simulates a violent lovers’ spat.
  • When Colette met her husband, she was very young and very beautiful. Her braids went to her ankles (her ankles!). Later, the very husband those braids had helped attract insisted that she chop all of her hair off.
  • Zora Neale Hurston once clocked a man who made a pass at her in an elevator. The doors opened, she stepped over his unconscious body, and continued on to a swinging Harlem Renaissance-style party.

How about you? What are your favorite literary quirks?


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