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
Sapphire
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 Was A Bit Too Academic For Me

BlogHer's Book Club allowed me to participate in the selection, A Jane Austen Education, by William Deresiewicz. I was a little leery -- you see, I've never, in fact, read any of Jane Austen's works. I decided to try it out. It is a genre a little outside my comfort zone -- but sometimes that's a good thing. I'm used to suspense, or chick lit. This is neither.  Read more >

Self Improvement via A Jane Austen Education

A Jane Austen Education provides us with a new maxim: Boys shouldn't write chick-lit. Just like moms probably aren't the best people to teach their sons how to pee standing up, using Jane Austen's decidedly female and feminine characters to correct his own behavior is a stretch for a man. And if that man is self-described as sullen and arrogant, the results are not pretty. Not pretty at all, I'm sorry to say.  Read more >

Men Like Jane Austen too! Who Would Have Guessed?

I have to admit, I was skeptical about A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, he is a man after all, and I’ve tried more than once to convince men that Jane is worth reading… generally without any luck. But, one never knows about these things, once in a while a man will surprise you, usually with something like a pewter bubble wand, but whatever, it’s the thought that counts, right?  Read more >

Taking the Lessons in A Jane Austen Education To Heart

I was so excited to read A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, because books about books are right up my alley. One of my most treasured possessions is my volume of Jane Austen's complete works, not only because of the inscription my beloved grandmother wrote in it, but also because Austen's novels are perfectly my style. Deresiewicz's take also turned out to be a great read for me.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education: I Found It Hard to Empathize

As a huge fan of Jane Austen -- so much a fan, in fact, that for a long time the only name on my list of potential names for potential daughters was "Emma Jane" -- I was intensely excited about the mere potential embedded in just the title of William Deresiewicz's book, A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter.  Read more >

Learning to Love a Hyacinth: William Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education

Had I been classmates with William Deresiewicz, author of A Jane Austen Education, I’d likely have found him an insufferable jackass who, for whatever reason (probably his music collection), I’d be drawn to --loathing and fawning over him in turns. To his credit, however, he reveals this dichotomy of character honestly in his memoir. He is self-aware, perhaps precisely because as the title of the book goes on to explain he learned through Ms. Austen, “about love, friendship, and the things that really matter.”  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education and the Lessons I Wish I'd Learned in High School

Now that’s more like it. A Jane Austen Education, by William Deresiewicz, is precisely the kind of book that should be read in high school English classes. Mandated, before entering The Real World. A kind of education that teaches you how to solve every other problem you’d face. I have to say, what drew me to read this book was that it was written by a man.  Read more >

Going back to English Class WIth A Jane Austen Education

Want to feel like you are back in a high level English Class, this book is for you. Penguin and BlogHer are allowing several bloggers a chance to review William Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education. I remember reading some of her books while in college, but this was thrilling as this book had not yet been published.  Read more >

Insightful Lessons in A Jane Austen Education

I thought I understood Jane Austen. Wait. I thought I "knew" Jane Austen. After all, I had read her books, seen the movies made about her books, and could easily quote some of my favorite scenes. Along with that I thought I understood life, and love, and friendship. I was wrong.  Read more >

A Jane Austen Education And My Own Love Story

William Deresiewicz, author of A Jane Austen Education, and I have at least one thing in common: Jane Austen changed our lives. It was nearly two decades ago now. Fresh out of college, I was sharing a house with five other recent grads, living on Pop-Tarts, and working on a university campus as a student leadership advisor. And swiftly falling in love with a boy I couldn’t be with.  Read more >