A Girl Walks Into A Book

A Girl Walks Into A Book

What the Brontës Taught Me About Life, Love, and Women's Work

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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. Brontë enthusiasts, as well as those of us who never made it further than those oft-cited classics, will devour Miranda Pennington's literary memoir. Pennington, today a writer and teacher in New York, was a precocious reader. Her 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 Brontës, finding that the sisters were at times her lifeline, her sounding board, even her closest friends. In this memoir, Pennington traces the development of the Brontës as women, as sisters, and as writers, as she recounts her own struggles to fit in as a bookish, introverted, bisexual woman. In the Brontës 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.
Publisher: Berkeley : Seal Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781580056571
1580056571
Characteristics: xiii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Call Number: B PENNINGTON, M

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Nov 08, 2017

Adorable! This is a book for bookworms. There is a creative non-fiction MFA-type slant to this book that took a little while to get into, juxtaposing Bronte books with the author's life changes, for example, but once you get settled in, it's sweet and tender.

I'm not familiar with any of the Bronte works, although you don't have to read Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights to know all you need to know to enjoy the author's obsession. And she is obsessed. And it is glorious. You can't help but enjoy Charlotte Bronte by the end of this book, her life, her work, her passion, her daring spirit, her struggles, her genius way with language.

The author became my heroine, as well, even though I'm not one to drop into another real person's life and enjoy it at all. Both storylines: Bronte family and Miranda family twist and turn through life and the crap it throws at you, and somehow it works together.

The wisdom and courage of the Brontes (and the author at times) and, honestly the beautiful writing exquisitely explained, made this one of those books that makes you feel smarter and more learned by the last page.

Even without reading a word of Charlotte Bronte, I want to name my daughter after her.

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