Saturday, November 20, 2010

THE HEROINE'S BOOKSHELF: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE HEROINE'S BOOKSHELF
LIFE LESSONS, FROM JANE AUSTEN 
TO LAURA INGALLS WILDER
BY ERIN BLAKEMORE

ABOUT THE BOOK: 
An exploration of classic heroines and their equally admirable authors, The Heroine's Bookshelf shows today's women how to tap into their inner strengths and live life with intelligence and grace.
Jo March, Scarlett O'Hara, Scout Finch—the literary canon is brimming with intelligent, feisty, never-say-die heroines and celebrated female authors. Like today's women, they placed a premium on personality, spirituality, career, sisterhood, and family. When they were up against the wall, authors like Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott fought back—sometimes with words, sometimes with gritty actions. In this witty, informative, and inspiring read, their stories offer much-needed literary intervention to modern women.

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 women today.

Each legendary character is paired with her central quality—Anne Shirley is associated with irrepressible "Happiness," while Scarlett O'Hara personifies "Fight"—along with insights into her author's extraordinary life. From Zora Neale Hurston to Colette, Laura Ingalls Wilder to Charlotte Brontë, Harper Lee to Alice Walker, here are authors and characters whose spirited stories are more inspiring today than ever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Erin M. 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. She is the author of The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder.  

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO MARK AND THE
GREAT FOLKS AT HARPER COLLINS,
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS VERY
INTERESTING BOOK TO GIVE
 AWAY TO 3 WINNERS! 
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY:
COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE THAT INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST AND MADE YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK.

+1 MORE ENTRY: VISIT ERIN BLAKEMORE'S WEBSITE BY GOING HERE AND READ MORE ABOUT HER THERE AND COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ABOUT HER

+1 MORE ENTRY:
VISIT HARPER COLLINS' WEBSITE HERE AND READ ABOUT "FUN STUFF" FOR ERIN BLAKEMORE, AND COMMENT ON SOME PART OF IT HERE


+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK THAT I CAN FOLLOW

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE OTHER CURRENT GIVEAWAY OF MINE THAT YOU HAVE ENTERED. IF YOU HAVE ENTERED MORE THAN ONE OF MY GIVEAWAYS, YOU MAY COMMENT ON NO MORE THAN 5 OF THEM FOR EXTRA ENTRIES AND YOU MUST COMMENT SEPARATELY FOR EACH ONE.

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, DECEMBER 5
GOOD LUCK!

142 comments:

debbie said...

I really like alot of the authors that are talked about in this book. Laura Ingalls Wilder was a favorite of mine when I was young. I would really like to read this book.
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debbie said...

I learned she used to be a roller derby queen.
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debbie said...

I learned she loves all kinds of cheese.
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Christa said...

This book sounds like a really great woman empowering read. There are so many strong female characters out there and it would be great to read about them and their equally strong authors!

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Christa said...

I visited Erin Blakemore's website and found it interesting that she was a former roller derby queen and singer in an indie rock band! How cool! :)

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Christa said...

I visited Harper Collin's website - Erin Blakemore: Fun Stuff and found out she loves Family Guy!

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flutterby said...

two words for what made me want to read it... Jane Austen!!

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flutterby said...

Went to Erin's web site... and I love that she says she sees herself as a study in contrasts because I can totally relate!

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flutterby said...

I didn't even know there was a version of music called "Italodisco"

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Connie said...

Hi! What caught my eye is that she features Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louisa May Alcott in the book. This book I know would be a joy for me to read. Thank you for doing a superb giveaway! :)

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Connie said...

I entered the giveaway for the James Patterson book as well. :)

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Pamela Keener said...

I love the timeless qualities of these authors & their characters. I like that the author took these qualities and put them in her book for all to enjoy.
Love & Hugs,
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Pamela Keener said...

I like the quote on her home page
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
- Dorothy Parker
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

On her nightstand is
"Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris.
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Pam
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holdenj said...

These are some of my favorite heroines and authors, count me in!
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holdenj said...

I love that Erin was a roller derby queen!
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holdenj said...

One of her favorite places is Berlin, which another fun fact explained, as she spent time in Germany in high school.
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I entered the Sarah Dessen giveaway.
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traveler said...

Erin was a singer in an Indie band. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Margay said...

I really like these classic heroines and learning more about them. I would love to delve further into their characters.

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sunshine9 said...

I like the way the book is set up by linking the classic characters with a characteristic (Scarlett and fighting spirit)

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sunshine9 said...

At the author's website I found out this is her debut book and she is the co-owner of VOCO: social networking branding, marketing firm

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sunshine9 said...

Fun Stuff about Erin:
least favorite food: bananas

writing rituals: eating popcorn
and procrastination Erin, I agree!! Anytime I have to do paperwork, I procrastinate (like entering contests) and eat popcorn!

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amweeks said...

I didn't have to get past the title: LIFE LESSONS, FROM JANE AUSTEN TO LAURA INGALLS WILDER before I knew I wanted to read this book! Laura Ingalls Wilder was the clencher. It's about time there was some real discussion of our wonderful female literary characters!

amweeks said...

I think it's pretty interesting that the author used to roller derby!

amweeks said...

Yikes! I can imagine that "throwing up all over my blind date on our first date" certainly would be embarrassing!

amweeks said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/6084208095141888

petite said...

The authors mentioned in this book interest me a great deal. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

What recognition as a roller derby queen. rather different. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered The Thanksgiving Table giveaway. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot) com

petite said...

I entered Don't Sing at the Table. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered Perfection. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered Sarah Dessen giveaway. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered Daisy morning, noon and night. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered The Emperor's Tomb. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I entered Christmas at Harrington's. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Hey, when you mention Scarlet and Laura Ingalls in one breath you got me.

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

"checkered past as a roller derby queen" got to admit I don't think I've heard that one before from an author

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

"My best writing is that which I don't really remember having written." Another one that I don't think I heard an author say.

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Linda Kish said...

She was a roller derby queen til a knee injury made her retire.

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Linda Kish said...

She threw up all over her blind date once. Funny.

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Entered Don't Blink giveaway

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Linda Kish said...

This sounds interesting.

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Tore said...

I like that the book talks about alot of authors. I find that very interesting. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

dogwood said...

Little House on the Prairie books were some of the first "Big" books that I ever read... and I was completely enthralled.


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Margie said...

Jo March, Scarlet O'Hara, and Scout Finch are all characters I remember well. Looks like a fascinating book.
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Margie said...

She was a roller derby queen...what fun! And I love the photo of her as a little girl.
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Margie said...

The author says a perfect day includes good friends, great food, and good books. I agree!
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entered for Perfection
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entered for Gingerbread Cookie Murder
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entered Christmas at Harringtons giveaway
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entered the Bingle Bells giveaway.
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entered for Call Me Mrs Miracle
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sweetpea18 said...

i think my MIL would really enjoy this book. the part about jane austen and louisa may alcott fighting back when against a wall is something she would appreciate.
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allisonsbj3 said...

I like that a lot of my favorite characters are discussed.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I'd like to hear more about her first date where she threw up on someone.

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Katy F. said...

I love the idea of reading books from my childhood with new eyes. I'd like to read what Ms. Blakemore has to say about them. :)

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Shirley said...

I've always been such a fan of Little house on the prairie my daughter too and I use to read her the books. I'd love to read this book for that alone but also with all the strong authors and the Characters, I think this will make a fasinating read for any book lover.
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Shirley said...

She's very talented a writer and started her own business.

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Shirley said...

The TV show that I can't live without is… Family Guy.
That is my Son in Laws favorite show. lol

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I've enter BY NIGHTFALL GIVEAWAY

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Jeff said...

I'd like to win this book for my wife and Mother in Law. I know they'd just love this book.

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Jeff said...

This was intersting and a bit funny. lol
I am saved from complete nerddom by my checkered past as a roller derby queen (I retired from the Denver Roller Dolls in 2006 after a knee injury), singer in an indie rock band, and free speech and media activist.

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Jeff said...

well I had to go with this since I to am a big fan:
The TV show that I can't live without is…
Family Guy

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Christine H said...

LIFE LESSONS, FROM JANE AUSTEN
TO LAURA INGALLS WILDER
Thats why I want to win this book. :) chirth7@yahoo.com

Christine H said...

Over the years I’ve come to see myself as a study in contrasts: An entrepreneur who likes to lay around and be lazy, an extrovert who is secretly scared of people, and a writer who would sometimes rather do the dishes, run ten miles, or walk into traffic than write. For now, that’s all okay by me.
I found this very interesting.
I don't think I could ever describe myself like that, It's because she's a writer and has a thing for words and very creative.

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Christine H said...

My greatest achievement so far is…
my time as my own boss. I relish my freedom!

I too want to attain that, be my own boss own a clothing store, but it's still just a dream. lol

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Mippy said...

Hi!
THe fact that this covers heroines is what attracted m o read this book.
Strong confdent women are needed in the wrld.
I'd love to read this book! :D
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!
~Mippy :)
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Mippy said...

Hi!
I like that she was a singer in an indie rock band! :)
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!
~Mippy :)
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Mippy said...

Hi!
Erin ANd I have two ofthe smae bad habits! Procrastination and interuppting people when they speak.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!
~Mippy :)
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Mippy said...

Hi!
I entered your Holiday BLog GC Hop! :)
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!
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