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Author: Erin Blakemore Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781481545778
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The literary canon is filled with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines, and legendary female authors. Like today’s women, they too placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood, and family. When their backs were against the wall, characters like Scarlett O’Hara, Jo March, Jane Eyre, and Elizabeth Bennet fought back—sometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions. Their commonsense decisions resonate even more powerfully in a world where women are forced to return to the basics, paring down and shoring up their resources for what lies ahead.

In this compelling book of beloved heroines and the remarkable writers who created them, Erin Blakemore explores how the pluck and dignity of literary characters such as Scout Finch and Jo March can inspire women today. She divides these legendary characters into chapters that pair each with their central quality—Anne Shirley is associated with irrepressible “Happiness,” while Scarlett O’Hara personifies “Fight.” Each chapter includes insights into the authors’ lives, revealing how their own strengths informed their timeless characters. From Zora Neale Hurston to Colette, Laura Ingalls Wilder to Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen to Alice Walker, here are some of the most cherished authors and characters in literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you’re stumped for your next pleasure book and want to submerse yourself in a literary past sprinkled with powerful, independent women like Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott, Blakemore’s book provides the perfect portal.”

    New York Press

  • “An inspiring look at literature’s greatest and most enduring female characters—such as Jo March, Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet, Laura Ingalls and others—and their authors, who have helped shape the inner lives of generations of women, teasing out universal tenets of strength and survival, and gleaning the wisdom and solace they offer to help women navigate these challenging times and find their inner heroine.”

    Publishers Lunch

  • “Marketing consultant Blakemore finds that in moments of struggle and stress she revisits her favorite childhood women authors and their plucky heroines for respite, escape, and perspective.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this literary love letter to the heroines and authors of twelve works of classic children’s and adult literature, freelance writer Blakemore makes the case that women today can find much inspiration in these characters, e.g., Mary of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Janie of Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Among the characteristics she highlights are faith, dignity, compassion, and ambition—not just in the characters she surveys but in the legendary writers who created them, whose personal lives she also examines…An enjoyable bonus to each chapter are suggestions of additional fictional heroines to discover. For women’s studies collections and for lovers of literature.”

    Library Journal

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 5/5/2011

    " I found a treasure of classics that serve as a resource for me when I am in need of patience, happiness, grit, magic, etc. Perfect quick read, with possible long-lasting results. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 5/2/2011

    " Reads like a collection of Eng101 papers deconstructing various novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edna | 4/21/2011

    " I'm not loving the writing but it's reminding me of a lot of titles that I want to read or re-read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 4/14/2011

    " A fun read, with lots of interesting biographical information about some of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evamaria | 4/9/2011

    " I love books about books, and this declaration of love to some of my favorite fictional women/girls and their creators pushed those buttons nicely... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/4/2011

    " It just sounds like something I would be keen on reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 3/11/2011

    " This book of essays - what can I say? As an avid reader, I loves this is as a gorgeous collection of love letters to great female authors and their works. This is a great syllabus for the imaginary English lit class I wish I could teach. And, now I am off to re-read Little Women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/26/2011

    " This is a fun, fast, must-read for fans and students of women's fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TammyJo | 1/18/2011

    " Over all well done but needed a more consistent balance between the type of information provided on each book and author. I wrote a fairly detailed review on Amazon since I received this through their Vine Program. "

About the Author

Erin Blakemore 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.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has earned numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir. In addition to voice acting, she is an accomplished producer, singer, and theater actor. She is also a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral.