Thursday, March 17, 2022

Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines by Samantha Hahn


Books-about-books often end up disappointing me because I think too often they rely on the hype of whatever it is they're writing about, rather than bringing something new to the table. WELL-READ WOMEN is not that sort of book, though. Each page features a quote from a heroine of some beloved classic that the author felt captured her personality in a snapshot, and is paired with a beautiful watercolor (yes? watercolor?) of the author's interpretation of that heroine.

I got this on Kindle but I bet it's a gorgeous coffee table book in person. The illustrations were truly lovely and I liked that the author didn't just, you know, base her illustrations off the character models/actors that played the movie adaptations of the works (for example, her Scarlett O'Hara does not look like Vivien Leigh at all).

Definitely a must for anyone who loves both books and art.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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