Book Club - A Jane Austen Education

Deborah Harkness
Alex George
Ann Napolitano
William Deresiewicz
Jessica Spotswood
Geraldine Brooks
Brené Brown
Stephanie McAfee
Sophie Morgan
Tana French
Terry McMillan
Jen Lancaster
Geneen Roth
Julie Klam
Amy Kalafa
Ally Condie
Julia Cameron
Kate Marshall & David Marshall
Sylvia Day
Edited by Stacy Morrison, Julie Ross Godar & Rita Arens
Amor Towles
Jeremy Page
Dominique Browning
Karen White
Stephen Dau
Laura Moriarty
Laura Dave
Kim Edwards
Jeffrey Zaslow
Claire Bidwell Smith
Seré Prince Halverson
Eleanor Brown
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Lisa Gardner
Linwood Barclay
Liane Moriarty
Gayle Forman
William D. Lassek, M.D. & Steven J.C. Gaulin, Ph.D.
Vanessa Williams & Helen Williams
A Jane Austen Education

A Jane Austen Education Made Me Want to Be a Better Commenter

Bill Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education has a premise as clever as anything Austen herself wrote. He believes that the true point of her novels was to teach life lessons. Her famously charming dialogue and finely drawn satirical characters are tools to get the reader to react emotionally in a way that will help her learn what's really important.  Read more >

The Lessons William Deresiewicz Learns In A Jane Austen Education

I have long suspected that the secrets to life, happiness, and the universe could be found in a Jane Austen novel. Apparently, I was wrong. They can be found in six Jane Austen novels.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education Had Potential

A Jane Austen Education is written from the viewpoint of a college student as he struggles to find meaning in six different Jane Austen novels. Sadly, this book left me struggling in many, many ways. I have never had any desire to read Jane Austen, and I do not feel more inclined to read any of them now; in fact, if anything, I would go out of my way to avoid it.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education Left Me Clueless

When I first opened my copy of A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, I was eager to settle in and delve into how the words of one of my favorite author's helped change the life of Deresiewicz. What I didn't expect to happen was to have so much trouble actually "settling in" with this book.  Read more >

Welcome to Grown-Up Land, Mr. Deresiewicz!

I’ve loved Jane Austen’s novels since my late teens, and thought that WWilliam Deresiewicz's book A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter would be a delightful read. The cover illustration! The charming fonts! How could it be anything but a pleasure? See, I have a history of judging books by the cover. (Cue the ominous music)  Read more >

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Jane Austen

When I received my copy of A Jane Austen Education by A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter, I was prepared to slug my way through a tome that extolled the virtues of an author I never particularly enjoyed reading in high school and college.  Read more >

Deresiewicz on Austen: A 'medley of trusts, hopes, and fears'

I’ve never read a Jane Austen novel, never had any desire to do so. Until now.  Read more >

How One Book Changed My Mind About Reading Jane Austen

I have seen every version of every movie based on a Jane Austen book at least a dozen times each. I admit it, I love Jane Austen. But I am sad to admit that I have never read a single Jane Austen book in its entirety. Several times I have tried to read them but I just could not wade through the language and formal dialogue of the time. Despite my having never read them I have come to feel like I know the books and characters through the movies.  Read more >

How A Jane Austen Education Schooled Me

I barely remember reading Jane Austen books in high school. I know that I did read them -- or at least was suppose to read them -- but my memory is blurry. The teenage me had no interest in reading about young women's lives hundreds of years ago. BORING. Just as I wrote off Jane Austen's works at first try -- so did author William Deresiewicz. His first time reading Emma he writes, " one whole chapter....consisted entirely of aimless talk". That is exactly what I got out of Jane Austen many years ago.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education: That Time Between College and "Life"

I read four Jane Austen novels at least four times a piece while studying English at the University of Iowa, so when I received A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, I sniffed at it with my Total Book Snob nose. But it only took a few pages before my nose fell off.  Read more >