Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Five gutsy heroines to channel on an off day

Erin Blakemore's debut book, The Heroine’s Bookshelf, was released last month by HarperCollins.

For Flashlight Worthy, she named five beloved heroines to channel on an off day.

One book on her list:
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Jo isn't just a self-sacrificing Little Woman... she's a hairpin-losing, back-talking hoyden who infuses some much-needed life into her sleepy Concord community. Outspoken, raw, and full of frustrated energy, her passion turns a staid children's book into a timeless one about war and work. She can rescue me from cracked ice anytime.
Read about another book on Blakemore's list.

Little Women
also appears on Kate Saunders' critic's chart of mothers and daughters in literature and on Zoë Heller's list of five memorable portraits of sisters. It is a book that disappointed Geraldine Brooks on re-reading.

--Marshal Zeringue