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We Are All Human

Hello Dear Followers,

I didn’t plan to post tonight, I just got home, but I had a few things to share with you.

First things first – We are doing a giveaway, Ms. Blakemore and myself will give a free copy of “The Heroine’s Bookshelf” to one winner who tells us who their favorite heroine is and why. So reach me on here, on Twitter at @BooksFrMyCloset and on Facebook at Books From My Closet and tell me!

Secondly, reading Ms. Blakemore’s book the last couple of days and learning a bit more about my own favorite heroines I’ve realized as I assume most of you already know about our favorite writers is that we are all human.

All of us have our daily struggles, worries, our happiness and none of us are exempt from that not even the women who have broken the mold and remain a part of our literary lives forever.

Jane Austen

In her introduction, Ms. Blakemore says and I quote, “As women, we are the protagonists of our own personal novels, we are called to be the heroines of our own lives.”

This is so true. We have to be strong every day to deal whatever life throws at us and we somehow have to find a way to survive it all. Ms. Blakemore also said in her introduction, “Luckily, we’re not required to be brave to be heroines…all we have to do is show up for our own stories, even if the reality is less glamorous than fiction.”

I always think these women lived harder lives, and I am sure they did, they had to manage households and rarely got any credit and if they dared to set out on their own and be an individual they were subject of scandal.

Today women, whether you are a writer or not, have to wake up every day and show up for our own life story. So that later we have something to tell. Our struggles, our happiness are all part of our story that may be worth telling someday.

When I was a child I honestly wanted to live Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life. I wanted a man just like Almanzo Wilder come pick me up in horse drawn carriage, I must have read “These Happy Golden Years” several times just so I could re-live every moment of her love story, (I was always a romantic).

My other heroine was Louisa May Alcott, I loved “Little Women” so much, I felt I could relate to Jo March’s character in so many ways. I often hoped she would end up with Laurie myself.

When I first saw the movie “Becoming Jane” the story of Jane Austen, I related to her as well, not wanting to conform to what is being demanded of me, I loved that she was a bit awkward, a “height above the company” as Tom Lefroy told her. I loved that she was a bit of elitist, from the way the movie portrayed her, she was all together different. I loved that.

I am not anywhere near being close to these heroines, I get up every day and go to work like everyone else, deal with family and financial obligations just like everyone else. It’s difficult to consider myself as any kind of heroine.

Until next time my dears…

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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