In addition to William Deresiewicz's book, reviewers for BlogHer Book Club's A Jane Austen Education review campaign also received a gorgeous Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of, Jane Austen: The Complete Novels. Yes, you read that right -- all of Austen's novels in one beautiful book. Doesn't it make your Janeite heart go all aflutter? And now you can win the same thing! Both books.
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.
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.
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