Friday, March 27, 2015

Finding a Fictional Role Model

How to Be a Heroine: or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis

Calling all women who read fiction: tell me, can you point to one female character from any book or story you've ever read and say, "Yes, that's me" or even "Yes, that's who I want to be like"? If you can't, or if you once had one but now, you realize she's not exactly right, you should read this book. This is what Samantha Ellis sets out to investigate after her best friend challenges her when she says Cathy Earnshaw is her ultimate heroine, and suggests Jane Eyre in her stead. This revolutionary idea was the beginning of Ellis' search to find out which of these literary females she was not only most akin to, but also which one she really wanted to be like.

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"How to be a Heroine: or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much" by Samantha Ellis, published by Vintage Books, released February 3, 2015 is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books (other eReader formats), iTunes, the Book Depository (free worldwide shipping), new or used from Alibris and Better World Books, or from an IndieBound store near you. I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book for review via NetGalley. This review also appears on my Times of Israel blog.
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