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Enough is Enough – Flowers in the Attic Readalong

I wasn’t going to do it.

How could I possibly suggest that Flowers In The Attic be read along to on a blog entitled The Heroine’s Bookshelf? Forget its compelling content, its underground appeal, its beach read perfection. Don’t I have a reputation to uphold, a standard of Literature to bear? Wouldn’t you, my literary friends, judge me (even though you were secretly longing to read the thing yourself)?

And then I read this. You see, someone is publishing an erotic novel called 50 Shades of Louisa May. It is exactly what you think such a book might

Heroines IRL

To say I’ve gotten intimate with my literary heroines is…a bit of an understatement. They’ve inhabited my bed and the insides of my eyelids. They are counted among my closest friends.

All of which is to say it’s kind of weird that I didn’t really visit many heroic home sites until I began writing The Heroine’s Bookshelf.

Since that crazy odyssey began, I’ve stood on the prairie where Pa Ingalls planted cottonwood trees for each of his girls. I’ve climbed the wonky stairs in Orchard House, which Louisa May Alcott affectionately called Apple Slump. I’ve peered into the

Happy Birthday, Louisa May Alcott!

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Margaret, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden.

“That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the blot on her nose.

Now that November is coming to an end, it’s time to celebrate the birthday of Louisa May Alcott, who was born on this day in 1832.  And so, you’re in for a treat…Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott , is here to give her thoughts on the very

Welcome, October!

Welcome to October, a month of writing, of working, of striving, and of celebrating.  I’m not sure how it’s possible, but The Heroine’s Bookshelf comes out in 19 days!  In the meantime, I find that a heroine is well-suited by October:

  • ramblings
  • conversations with dear friends
  • rifling through the kitchen to find where the tea is
  • thinking hard about best cardigan to value ratio
  • shirking raking duty whenever possible!

How about you?  What’s on a heroine’s docket this October?

Jo was very busy in the garret, for the October days began to grow chilly, and the afternoons were short. For

Heroines of Literature Walking Tour

Missed the tour?  Never fear!  Click here for a podcast, map, and handouts for the tour and recreate the experience alone or with an intrepid friend!

We finally have details on what might be the most anticipated event of my mini book tour…The Heroine’s Bookshelf Heroines of Literature Walking Tour in Greenwich Village, NYC on the evening of Tuesday, October 26!

The tour will be co-hosted and curated by Erin Blakemore, author of The Heroine’s Bookshelf, and Glamour columnist/NYU adjunct journalism professor Jessica Siegel.

The Schedule:

Tuesday, October 26th

6:15 p.m. – Meet at