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How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much

Cover: 'How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much'

Staff Review: "How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much" by Samantha Ellis

★★★★★

"How to Be a Heroine" is an engaging blend of memoir and literary criticism that was prompted by Ellis’ debate with her best friend over whom she’d rather be: Cathy Earnshaw (of Wuthering Heights) or Jane Eyre. This debate launched her into a re-evaluation of the heroines that had inspired her throughout her life. I enjoyed meeting her literary heroines (and revisiting some of my own favorites, such as Anne Shirley and Elizabeth Bennet) as she reflected on the lessons each heroine taught her in the past and insight that may serve her in the present. She presents a candid, often amusing, account of her life as an Iraqi Jew growing up in the UK with parents who want her to marry a nice Iraqi Jewish boy. Readers are likely to be inspired to revisit a few of their favorite heroines and add more books to their reading lists upon finishing this book!

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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