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A Girl Walks Into a Book.

A Girl Walks Into a Book

Miranda K. Pennington

Seal Press

c/o Hachette Book Group

1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104

9781580056571 $16.99 pbk / $11.99 Kindle

Synopsis: How many times have you heard readers argue about which is better, Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights? The works of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne continue to provoke passionate fandom over a century after their deaths. Bronte enthusiasts, as well as those of us who never made it further than those oft-cited classics, will devour Miranda Pennington's delightful literary memoir.

Always a precocious reader, Pennington's father gave her Jane Eyre at the age of 10, sparking what would become a lifelong devotion and multiple re-readings. She began to delve into the work and lives of the Brontes, finding that the sisters were at times her lifeline, her sounding board, even her closest friends.

In this charming, offbeat memoir, Pennington traces the development of the Brontes as women, as sisters, and as writers, as she recounts her own struggles to fit in as a bookish, introverted, bisexual woman. In the Brontes and their characters, Pennington finally finds the heroines she needs, and she becomes obsessed with their wisdom, courage, and fearlessness. Her obsession makes for an entirely absorbing and unique read.

"A Girl Walks Into a Book" is a candid and emotional love affair that braids criticism, biography and literature into a quest that helps us understand the place of literature in our lives; how it affects and inspires us.

Critique: Exceptionally well written, thoughtful and thought provoking, and an inherently absorbing read from beginning to end, "A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women's Work" is a unique and extraordinary literary memoir and one that is very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Girl Walks Into a Bar" is also available in a digital book format ($11.99).

Margaret Lane


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Author:Lane, Margaret
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Date:Aug 1, 2017
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