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

Like Taking a Jane Austen Masterclass: A Jane Austen Education

I'm going to admit something right from the start: I don't think I was the target audience for this book. I absolutely love books and reading, but I wasn't an English major, I am horrible at critiquing literature, and I couldn't write a decent intellectual argument regarding the themes of a novel to save my life.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education: Escape or Analyze?

I have been a lover of all things Jane Austen since my high school British Literature teacher introduced me to the world of Pride and Prejudice many years ago. A world that the author William Deresiewicz of A Jane Austen Education, describes as “A heroine and a romance, a Mr. Wrong and a Mr.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education for Me?

I have a confession -- Jane Austen bores me. Books about Jane Austen don't, the flurry of chick-lit about Jane Austen book clubs don't, books where Jane Austen is a bit of a fan-fic character don't bore me. I just find Jane Austen tedious.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education: A Lesson in Austen 101

I have a secret to confess. I have never read a Jane Austen novel. I've meant to, but every time I have tried I've become distracted and put down the book. Each one I have tried to read seemed stuffy and bogged down with a lot of dialogue. Well, thanks to A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, I might have to pick up a book again.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education for Us All

Developing such intimate relations with an author and her characters is a tad offbeat, but I found William Deresiewicz's encounters interesting and enlightening.  Read more >

Back to School With A Jane Austen Education

Before getting too far, you should know I have never actually read anything by Jane Austen. When the opportunity to read A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz came up I jumped at it. My brain told me this would be an interesting way to get another opinion on her writing before actually committing to a whole book.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education: The Learning Path of Books

Have you ever read a book that changed your life? This is exactly what happened to William Deresiewicz when he read Jane Austen’s books, and he writes all about his experiences in A Jane Austen Education. This is a riveting account of how one man’s life is impacted simply by reading.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education: A Guide to Life

What could we possibly learn from the likes of Emma, Elizabeth, Catherine, Anne, Elinore and Marianne, or from Henry, Edward, Wentworth, Willoughby, Mr. Collins, Miss Bates or Mr. Darcy? What significance do these characters from the mid-19th century British novels of Jane Austen have to do with our modern 21st century lives?  Read more >

Put Down Your Self-Help Book and Pick Up A Jane Austen Education

I was very skeptical about A Jane Austen Education. One, it was a book about Austen, the most feminine author in history, written by a man. Two, it was ANOTHER modern book about Jane Austen and honestly they almost always fail to measure up. I very much agree with the author, William Deresiewicz, when he says that you either love Jane Austen or you hate her. I have always loved her. I "get" her.  Read more >

He Was Sitting Right on the Couch With Me, Enjoying Ms. Bennet and Mr. Darcy

I was a bit skeptical about what A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz might be -- I was sure that I did not want to be lectured to, and I didn’t want to feel that I was sitting in a college auditorium listening to someone drone on and on about literature. But Deresiewicz didn’t bore me, and in fact, he inspired me to look at a story from many different angles, and perspectives.  Read more >