Introducing…A Table of Contents!

Whenever I’m asked which heroines The Heroine’s Bookshelf includes, I try to go through the list and inevitably miss one or two authors.  Humiliation!  Shame!  Anyway, a lot of you have asked me who I talk about and in what context, and I figured I’d just tease you with the TOC for good measure:

Self: Lizzy Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Faith: Janie Crawford, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Happiness: Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Dignity: Celie, The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Family Ties: Francie Nolan, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Indulgence: Claudine, The Claudine Novels by Colette
Fight: Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Compassion: Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Simplicity: Laura Ingalls, The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Steadfastness: Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Ambition: Jo March, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Magic: Mary Lenox, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Epilogue & Acknowledgments

One of the most painful parts of writing this book was realizing who I couldn’t include…The Betsy-Tacy books of Maud Hart Lovelace, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Anne Frank, and about 2353252525235 others.  But what a list!

Which chapter are you most excited about?  Which heroines do you wish I’d been able to cover?

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  • Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams

    This is wonderful!! I’m a big fan of Jo, Anne, Laura and Francie, among others – so excited to read it. I do wish you’d been able to include Betsy Ray!

    • Erin Blakemore

      Part of my criteria for choosing author/heroine pairs was to have an incident from the author’s life that shed new or interesting light on her actual heroine, and I felt that MHL’s life was too parallel to Betsy’s to be super surprising. I also wanted to get a good mix of familiar, well-loved and lesser-known books, and I felt kind of like it was LHOP or Betsy-Tacy in that case. But oh do I LOVE the Betsy-Tacy books!

  • spinndiva

    This is simply not fair! I CANNOT wait!!!! I think I would love to start with Dignity and compassion (because I really loved those two books), or… Elisabeth Bennet? , or Scarlet O’Hara? or… gosh… Ambition! Magic!
    Who else would I have liked to see? I think I am perfectly content with the Heroines you chose! :) (my apologies to the other 2353252525235 you didn’t)

  • Loby

    Anne with an E! Anne with an E!!!!!

  • Nicole

    I think I am excited about all of the them! I am least familiar with Scout Finch, Claudine and Mary Lennox since I haven’t read those books. I really need to read To Kill A Mockingbird soon. I have my mom’s old copy which makes the idea of sitting to read it fun. I wonder if she made notes in the margins?

  • JaneGS

    You’ve got me covered. Once upon a time, I described the greatest influences in my life as being Elizabeth Bennett, Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Scarlett O’Hara.

    I’m hoping to finally read Little Women this summer–maybe there’s time enough left for Jo to still influence me :)

  • Book Club Girl

    Great TOC (and I forgive you for that one omission ;))

  • Lucy Pollard-Gott

    Very nice list! I like the themes you’ve chosen to highlight, as well. There are indeed ALWAYS others one could choose (I should know!), but you have selected a fine group of women. I look forward to reading your chapters, which I am sure come from the heart (as well as your research!).

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