(Interview) William Deresiewicz on Jane Austen, Community and Love

William Deresiewicz, the author of A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter answered some of our pressing questions on life, love and how he made some tough decisions on writing about people in his life in his memoir. Read what he thinks about the role of community in our lives and whether or not he really would have found love without Jane Austen's help. ...more

It was different in Jane's day for sure and I guess maybe it was a bit more intense. It ...more

BlogHer Book Club's A Jane Austen Education: Growing Up Jane

I was thrilled when I found that BlogHer Book Club would be playing host to a discussion about William Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter. Yes, because it was Jane, but also because it was a memoir. Deresiewicz dives into literary critique now and then (he's a professor -- I don't think he can really help himself), but it's really a book about how Jane helped him grow up. My memories of Jane are so tied to growing up myself that I can't but help feel a certain kinship with the author, and I hope that you will, too. ...more

That most teens either read the Brontes or Austen and didn't tend to cross lines.

Should I ...more