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Part memoir and part literary analysis, Samantha Ellis’s How To Be A Heroine was an interesting read, even though I haven’t read even nearly all the books Ellis references throughout her pages.
Samantha Ellis is an Iraqi-Jewish playwright from the UK, with an avid love of reading and writing alike. These two loves combined make How To Be A Heroine worth it to read, even if, like me, you’re sadly behind on your literary heroine reading.
Each chapter of Ellis’s book focuses on one heroine mainly, while discussing others all throughout, as well. Some of these heroines include Esther Greenwood, The Little Mermaid, and Scarlett O’Hara. Interspersed throughout the analysis from Ellis are chunks of her self-history, of growing up in an Iraqi-Jewish family, of attending university, of having serious seizures, and other such “tidbits”.
My favorite chapter of How To Be A Heroine was that which discussed Sylvia Plath’s Esther Greenwood. The Bell Jar has long been one of my favorite books, but I never once thought about it from an analytical point of view. I only ever read it from the point of view of a depressed teenage girl, and now to have another viewpoint, I can’t wait to re-read Plath’s novel.
I suggest reading How To Be A Heroine if you like reading books about books. It took me a while to get through it, but only because I was distracted by other goings-on in my day-to-day life. Ellis’s book was very enjoyable nonetheless, and I’d love to read more of her work....more
I read We All Fall Down first, but Tweak was still amazing. I admire Nic Sheff so much for everything he's been through. I especially admire his strugI read We All Fall Down first, but Tweak was still amazing. I admire Nic Sheff so much for everything he's been through. I especially admire his struggle with bipolar, and even bookmarked a couple pages with quotes that I can relate to to show my therapist. This book isn't for everyone- not for the squeamish, and not for those who don't like a conversational style of writing. But I believe that Nic Sheff is an amazing writer and for a first book, this is amazing....more
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In reading this book and reading through his struggles, I began to recognize myself. Not with the addiction to substances, but the addiction to people, the out of control thoughts, etc. When I got to where he mentioned being bipolar, I was floored. He was exactly like me. Here I had been putting off going to therapy and getting help for so long- years, actually. This book- Nic Sheff himself- inspired me to go get help. And if that's not what a good author does then I don't know what- they inspire people to better themselves. I'm about to read Tweak for the first time, but I have a feeling We All Fall Down is going to remain my favorite. ...more