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Monday, December 16, 2013

Jane Austen's Birthday: Part 2

On this day in 1775, Jane Austen was born. We love Austen so much we started celebrating a day early, so be sure to check out yesterday's list, too.

    

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Jane is beautiful and nice, Lizzy is independent and feisty, Mary is bookish and sanctimonious, Kitty goes along with her youngest sister and Lydia is trouble. And then there are the boys.

Keeping The Castle by Patrice Kindl. The only hopes of Althea's family surviving is if she marries well--something that's even harder given that they live in Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire. But when Lord Boring arrives, Althea thinks she's found a way...

Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman. When Ashleigh becomes obsessed with Jane Austen, she decides to find her Darcy among the boys from the snooty school up the road. Julie tends to go along with her best friend's schemes, but this seems like a disaster-- plus, why does Ashleigh get a Darcy and Julie has to settle for a lovely, if boring, Bingley?

    

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. Yes, and adult book, but one teens will love. Fielding takes Pride and Prejudice and sets it in London, as Bridget tries to find love and career satisfaction-- but why can't the Mark Darcy her mother keeps trying to set her up with look anything like Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? Follow it with Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which tackles Persuasion.

Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard. Trying to impress some girls on a field trip, Callie buys a real pair of Prada heels, trips, and wakes up in 1815-- in the middle of something that could be straight from Austen.

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg. This one sets Pride and Prejudice at an elite private school-- with Lizzie as a scholarship student. Everyone's trying to find a date to the prom. Lizzie tries to stay out of it, but when her best friend Jane becomes smitten with Charles Bingley, there's no escaping.

    

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith. Smith thought that this classic comedy of manners would be more entertaining if they were also all fighting zombies. We don't know if it's more entertaining, but it is certainly funny. Plus, zombies offer a good excuse as to why the regiment was in Meryton, why Netherfield was empty and why all 5 Bennett sisters were out at once.

Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London. Spring is overjoyed when her advisor suggests her thesis on sustainability may be publication worthy--until he tells her to seek out someone on the other side of the argument to gain perspective. The only person available is Henry Knightly-- whose name graces the building she spent last semester protesting, and who happens to be living across the street. And inside her head.

Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef. Jane Austen didn’t leave much behind about her personal life. Very few of her letters survived, and family accounts of her appearance and personality directly contradict each other. Reef details what we do know, what’s debated, and what’s speculated about Austen’s life. Throughout, she weaves in the plots of Austen’s novels, often highlighting how they dovetail with events happening in Austen’s life at the time of writing.

What Austen books would you add?

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