Friday, June 26, 2015

Heroines Break the Mold!

How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis inspired Boswellians Jane and Jen to spark some conversation among their coworkers and customers. They created a display featuring fellow booksellers' favorite literary Heroines, and a raffle that enabled customers to submit their selections for a chance to win Ellis's book. Winners were drawn during Boswell's June 10th Book Club event. Congratulations to Rebecca G. and one of the event's audience members, who now own a copy of the book! Jane Eyre's title character and Pride & Prejudice's Lizzie Bennett tied for most nominated Heroines. The other nominated Heroines were quite diverse and included Scout from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, Iris Griffen from Margaret Atwood's Blind Assassin and Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum.  There were also great Heroines submitted from our favorite children's books, from L M Montgomery's Ann Shirley to Rick Riordan's Annabeth and many in between!

What is a Heroine? Customer nominations indicated that a Heroine is spunky, resilient, honest, witty, thoughtful, fearless, gorgeous (one entrant's observation of Scarlett O'Hara) and so much more. 

Who is your Heroine?  And what makes her so? Stop by and pick up  a copy of How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis, to find out what it takes. Or even try a new book and discover your next Heroine.


Need a recommendation? Our staff picks were:

Daniel-Geraldine Colshares from Goodbye Without Leaving by Laurie Colwin
Amie - Lyra from The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Anne - Dana from Kindred by Octavia Butler

Carly - Clarice Starling from Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Conrad - Thursday Next from The Eyre Affair by Jasper FForde

Eric- Clora from Family by J. California Cooper

Jane - Alexandra Bergson from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Jannis - Franny from Franny & Zoey by J D Salinger

Jen - Pippi from Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lingren

Mel - Leila from Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Pam - Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Phoebe - Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Sarah - Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

Sharon - Jo from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Todd - Eponine from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo