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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tough Chicks in Literature

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National Public Radio (NPR)
July 22, 2008 Tuesday
SHOW: All Things Considered 9:00 PM EST NPR
Smart, Sassy Heroines Pack a Literary Punch
ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Writer Mary Curtis is a big fan of strong women. And that’s her theme for today’s installment of Three Books, that’s our series in which writers recommend a group of books on a single theme. Curtis’ three books each offer a variation on the powerful heroine.

Ms. MARY CURTIS (Features Editor/Columnist, Charlotte Observer): You may not like her, but you do what she wants. She’s a tough chick, a woman with attitude and an instinct for survival. She’s quick with a quip and totally in charge of herself and those around her.

Curled up on a couch in a fuzzy robe and slippers, book in hand, I don’t feel so indestructible. That’s why I look for my tough chicks in literature.

Elmore Leonard is the king of wise-guy dialogue. In the book, “Out of Sight,” he created Karen Sisco, a woman every bit equal to the Detroit lowlifes she encounters as a federal marshal. Guns? Oh, she’s got them, from a pump-action shotgun to a sexy Sig Sauer, held snug against her thigh. Even when pushed tight against an escaping bank robber in the trunk of a car, Karen’s dressed sharply and talking coolly. She earns the bad guy’s respect - and yours.

Read the rest of the story.

 

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