How to Be a Heroine

Author: Samantha Ellis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099575566

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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A funny, touching, inspiring exploration of the role of heroines, and our favourite books, in all our lives. Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre? Petrova or Posy? Scarlett or Melanie? Lace or Valley of the Dolls? On a pilgrimage to Wuthering Heights, Samantha Ellis found herself arguing with her best friend about which heroine was best: Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw. She was all for wild, passionate Cathy; but her friend found Cathy silly, a snob, while courageous Jane makes her own way. And that's when Samantha realised that all her life she'd been trying to be Cathy when she should have been trying to be Jane. So she decided to look again at her heroines -- the girls, women, books that had shaped her ideas of the world and how to live. Some of them stood up to the scrutiny (she will always love Lizzy Bennet); some of them most decidedly did not (turns out Katy Carr from What Katy Did isn't a carefree rebel, she's a drip). There were revelations (the real heroine of Gone with the Wind? It's Melanie), joyous reunions (Anne of Green Gables), poignant memories (Sylvia Plath) and tearful goodbyes (Lucy Honeychurch). And then there was Jilly Cooper. How To Be A Heroine is Samantha's funny, touching, inspiring exploration of the role of heroines, and our favourite books, in all our lives -- and how they change over time, for better or worse, just as we do.

How To Be A Heroine

Author: Samantha Ellis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448130832

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 7540


Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre? Petrova or Posy? Scarlett or Melanie? Lace or Valley of the Dolls? On a pilgrimage to Wuthering Heights, Samantha Ellis found herself arguing with her best friend about which heroine was best: Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw. She was all for wild, passionate Cathy; but her friend found Cathy silly, a snob, while courageous Jane makes her own way. And that’s when Samantha realised that all her life she’d been trying to be Cathy when she should have been trying to be Jane. So she decided to look again at her heroines – the girls, women, books that had shaped her ideas of the world and how to live. Some of them stood up to the scrutiny (she will always love Lizzy Bennet); some of them most decidedly did not (turns out Katy Carr from What Katy Did isn’t a carefree rebel, she’s a drip). There were revelations (the real heroine of Gone with the Wind? It's Melanie), joyous reunions (Anne of Green Gables), poignant memories (Sylvia Plath) and tearful goodbyes (Lucy Honeychurch). And then there was Jilly Cooper... How To Be A Heroine is Samantha’s funny, touching, inspiring exploration of the role of heroines, and our favourite books, in all our lives – and how they change over time, for better or worse, just as we do.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Author: E.L. Konigsburg

Publisher: Pushkin Press

ISBN: 1782691022

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 112

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New York City girl Claudia, a mere month shy of being a twelve-year-old, has resolved to run away from home with her younger brother, Jamie. She knows that she could never pull off the classic spur-of-the-moment departure without a destination (inevitably involving having to eat outside with the insects, and cupcakes melting in the sun); so she plans everything to perfection, including their destination: the grand, elegant, beautiful, all-encompassing Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, no sooner have Claudia and Jamie settled into their new home, than they are caught up in the mystery of an angel statue bought by the museum for the bargain price of $225. Is it in fact an as yet undiscovered work by Michelangelo, worth millions? Claudia is determined to find out, and her quest leads her to the remarkable, secretive Mrs. Frankweiler, who sold the statue to the museum - and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself. Since its first appearance nearly 50 years ago, The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler has gained a place in the hearts of generations of readers - and has rightly become one of the most celebrated and beloved children's books of all time.

How to Be a Movie Star

Author: William J. Mann

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571260101

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

View: 5879


From her days as a youthful minx at Metro Goldwyn Mayer to her post-studio reign as America's lustiest middle-aged movie queen, Taylor has defined the very essence of Hollywood stardom. How to be a Movie Star is a different kind of book about Elizabeth Taylor: an intimate, up-close look at a girl who grew up with fame, who learned early-and well-how to be famous, and how that fame was used and constructed to carry her through more than sixty years of public life. Indeed, one might say Elizabeth went to school to learn how to be famous, her education courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, the greatest, most glamorous movie studio of all time.

Becoming a Heroine

Author: Rachel M. Brownstein

Publisher: Viking Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

View: 2234


Analyzes the image of women and the theme of the choice of a husband in the classic novels by English authors, such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Virginia Woolf

How to Be a Heroine---For Girls

Author: Kathleen Schuller

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 9781457519062

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 68

View: 3170


How To Be A Heroine - For Girls: Inspiration From Classic Heroines is a work of love. By showcasing her favorite heroines, the author shares ideas with a new generation of young readers who may not have encountered these remarkable books yet. How To Be A Heroine will inspire girls to become the heroine of their own lives. Favorite quotes from The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, as well as a quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder, are presented to the reader and followed up with useful insights and suggestions. By reading about these beloved heroines and emulating their virtues, young girls will see for themselves what a wonderful adventure their own lives are and how much more wonderful they can become. Kathleen Schuller, M.A., is a lover of good books and holds a master's degree in English literature. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who works as an office manager and spends her free time reading, writing, sewing, baking, and enjoying nature as an armchair gardener. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and loves all things Austen. How To Be A Heroine - For Girls: Inspiration From Classic Heroines is her first book.

The Poetics of Novels

Author: M. Axelrod

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023038952X

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

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The Poetics of Novels deals with the fundamentals of novel-writing and the execution of such, and though it engages specific notions of literary and cultural theory, it privileges the architectonics of the texts themselves as it crosses boundaries of both time and culture. Novels include: Austen's Northanger Abbey , Beckett's Company , Brontë's Wuthering Heights , Cervantes' Don Quixote , Flaubert's Madame Bovary , Hamsun's Hunger , Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles , Lispector's Hour of the Star and Smart's By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept .

A World of Her Own

Author: John N. Miller

Publisher: C.E. Merill Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Feminism

Page: 252

View: 5597