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

Lost and Found in Austen: A Jane Austen Education

It is truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a wide vocabulary and a thirst for knowledge would benefit very much from being deflated from his grand idea of himself. A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz is the journey of an author, academic, all-around smartypants.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education at Least Convinced Me to Read Austen Herself

I've been struggling to write a review for A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz for days. I adore reading. If you give me an extra thirty minutes, chances are I'm going to spend them reading. While I have my favorite genres, I read a wide range from biographies to historical fiction to poetry and more.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education: A Matter of Literary Preferences

I have to admit, other than Pride and Prejudice I was not a reader of Jane Austen. Sure, I watched all of the movies (after all I am a woman!) but her books were hard for me to sit and read through.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education Made Me Rethink a Few Things

A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz started off a little rough for me. Here I was on vacation in California, sitting on the beach with a book (hello, perfect day) and I just couldn't get into it. I gave it another shot later at the pool and again that night before bed. It was that night that things finally started rolling for me.  Read more >

William Deresiewicz Taught Me Everything I Know About Jane Austen

William Deresiewicz's book A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter managed to have me flip flopping back and forth between loving it and hating it. Alright... "love and hate" are probably strong words to use... but I did find myself really enjoying parts of the book, and other parts just left me confused and wishing for some Cliff Notes.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education: Learning About Love From a (Much) Older Woman

I hesitated reading A Jane Austen Education. For one thing, I've only read two of Jane Austen’s six novels. I loved the light wit and humor of Pride and Prejudice and immediately spring-boarded into Sense and Sensibility, expecting more of the same, but was so disappointed with it that I didn't even bother picking up any of the others.  Read more >

Anti-Emma? All I Needed Was a Jane Austen Education

I have to begin my review of A Jane Austen Education with a confession. When I agreed to read this book, I did NOT like Jane Austen! I'd been forced to trudge through Emma and Pride and Prejudice at the University of New Mexico and, despite weeks of in-depth analysis, I just never got what all the Jane Austen fuss was about. Why then, you probably wonder, would I want to read this book?  Read more >

Why is Jane Austen So Great?

In “A Jane Austen Education,” author William Deresiewicz starts his memoir on a page I can easily jump on – a skeptic. “The thing that takes my breath away when I think back on it all is that I never wanted to read her in the first place,” begins Deresiewicz. But he does read, and he is enraptured. Which makes me ask, what caught him?  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education Fails to Make the Grade

Have you read All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, that catchy little essay about the ways the simple lessons of an early age -- share everything, play fair, take a nap, etc -- can be translated to everyday life?  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education Made Me Want To Read Austen

In his new book, A Jane Austen EducationWilliam Deresiewicz, a forty-something literary critic and former Yale professor, attempts to appeal to those of us who don’t have the $40 grand per year to enroll ourselves in Jane Austen 520. He combines expert descriptions of her novels with a memoir of his growing up; his becoming an adult as catalyzed by insights gained from Austen’s writings.  Read more >