• Jennifer Abella

Feeling bookish? A roundup of new(ish) Jane Austen-related titles

Maybe the weather is warming up where you are and you feel like sitting outside and reading a book. Or maybe it's still cold enough to find you curled up in the great indoors with a novel. Either way, maybe these titles will catch your fancy:


'Pride and Prejudice'

This edition by Chronicle Books features removable facsimiles of each of the 19 letters in the novel. How were the letters created? Scribe Anna Pinto and curator Barbara Heller used archival material to make the missives look authentic, including postage marks and handwriting unique to each character. Recently the New York Public Library talked with the creators about their process. Check out the video here.


'Mad & Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency'

Bea Koch, co-owner of the Ripped Bodice romance bookstore in Los Angeles, highlights notable women of the era, including Dido Elizabeth Belle, the inspiration for the movie "Belle," and Anne Lister, the inspiration behind the TV show "Gentleman Jack." In its book review, Publisher's Weekly writes that Koch "persuasively contradicts the notion that modern stories featuring accomplished and diverse heroines in 19th-century England are necessarily revisionist."


'Ladies of the House: A Modern Retelling of Sense and Sensibility'

In Lauren Edmondson's "Ladies of the House: A Modern Retelling of Sense and Sensibility," the Dashwoods of England become the Richardsons of Washington, D.C., facing a fall from grace after the death of the patriarch, a senator. The Library Journal review says: "Readers searching for that modern retelling of 'Sense and Sensibility' will find more than enough commonalities to feel that they have gotten their Jane Austen’s worth in Edmondson’s debut."


'Incense and Sensibility'

In July, Sonali Dev -- who was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Jane Austen Summer Program -- releases her new book, "Incense and Sensibility." In this third installment of her trilogy following the Raje family, political hopeful Yash Raje must enlist the help of stress management coach -- and old flame -- India Dashwood. Dev's previous books are "Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors" and "Recipe for Persuasion." Last summer, Jane Austen & Co., talked with Dev and "Marriageable" author Soniah Kamal; find the video here.


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