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Happy Anniversary, Miss Austen

Fans of Jane Austen’s novels may have heard that 2013 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. Devotees of Austen read her published works over and over again, all the while wishing that she had been more prolific. Current writers are attempting to fulfill reader’s wishes for more Austen by creating contemporary (Helen Fielding) and historical (P.D. James) works relating to Jane Austen and the characters that inhabit her novels. The Richland Library collection includes many of these authors. So, if you have read all of Jane Austen’s novels and you still want more, try the works listed below.


Longbourn by Jo Baker
Amazon Says: FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. V/G to LIKE NEW DJ, LIKE NEW BOOK. 2013 Alfred A. Knopf hardcover, Jo Baker (The Undertow). The story of Pride and Prejudice as told from the servants more...
Amazon Says: FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. V/G to LIKE NEW DJ, LIKE NEW BOOK. 2013 Alfred A. Knopf hardcover, Jo Baker (The Undertow). The story of Pride and Prejudice as told from the servants point of view. less...
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Amazon Says: A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejud more...
Amazon Says: A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.   It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.   Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.   Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it. less...
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Amazon Says: A lost love returns, rekindling forgotten passions…In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, when Marianne Dashwood marries Colonel Brandon, she puts her heartbreak over dashin more...
Amazon Says: A lost love returns, rekindling forgotten passions…In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, when Marianne Dashwood marries Colonel Brandon, she puts her heartbreak over dashing scoundrel John Willoughby in the past. Three years later, Willoughby's return throws Marianne into a tizzy of painful memories and exquisite feelings of uncertainty. Willoughby is as charming, as roguish, and as much in love with her as ever. And the timing couldn't be worse—with Colonel Brandon away and Willoughby determined to win her back, will Marianne find the strength to save her marriage, or will the temptation of a previous love be too powerful to resist?Praise for Lydia Bennet's Story: "A breathtaking Regency romp!"― Diana Birchall, author of Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma"An absolute delight to read."― Historical Novels Review"Odiwe emulates Austen's famous wit, and manages to give Lydia a happily-ever-after ending worthy of any Regency romance heroine."― Booklist"Odiwe pays nice homage to Austen's stylings and endears the reader to the formerly secondary character, spoiled and impulsive Lydia Bennet."― Publisher's Weekly"Rollicking good fun with a surprise twist."― Austenprose less...
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Amazon Says: Trade paperback. First printing. Illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith. more...
Amazon Says: Trade paperback. First printing. Illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith. less...
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Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Amazon Says: "130 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds overnight? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier (repulsive, horrifying notion)); alcohol units 2 more...
Amazon Says: "130 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds overnight? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier (repulsive, horrifying notion)); alcohol units 2 (excellent) cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow); number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)?" This laugh-out-loud chronicle charts a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single girl on a permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement--in which she resolves to: visit the gym three times a week not merely to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and not fall for any of the following: misogynists, megalomaniacs, adulterers, workaholics, chauvinists or perverts. And learn to program the VCR. Caught between her Singleton friends, who are all convinced they will end up dying alone and found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian, and the Smug Marrieds, whose dinner parties offer ever-new opportunities for humiliation, Bridget struggles to keep her life on an even keel (or at least afloat). Through it all, she will have her readers helpless with laughter and shouting, "BRIDGET JONES IS ME!" less...
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Amazon Says: In her latest enthralling adventure, Jane Austen finds herself the beneficiary of a most unusual legacy - and at the heart of a baffling case of avarice, adventure, and multip more...
Amazon Says: In her latest enthralling adventure, Jane Austen finds herself the beneficiary of a most unusual legacy - and at the heart of a baffling case of avarice, adventure, and multiple murders. But first she must unravel the secrets of one of England's most trusted confidants and fascinating scoundrels . . . the man she loved. This is historical suspense at its finest, graced with the insight, perception, and uncommon intelligence of its singular heroine. Available only in Core 7. less...
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Amazon Says: In Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen, that so long mistaken avatar of Victorian propriety while actually its wittiest and subtlest critic, wrote of Margaret Dashwood, the thir more...
Amazon Says: In Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen, that so long mistaken avatar of Victorian propriety while actually its wittiest and subtlest critic, wrote of Margaret Dashwood, the third sister: "Margaret, the other sister, was a good-humored, well-disposed girl; but as she had already imbibed a good deal of Marianne's romance, without having much of her sense, she did not, at thirteen, bid fair to equal her sisters at a more advanced period of life." At the same time that she so faithfully, with love and respect, evokes Jane Austen's style and characters and ambience, Julia Barrett bids fair to show Margaret's creator happily wrong in her estimation of Margaret's at first vulnerable, then shrewd and winning potential, the exercise of which makes for the substance of this remarkable novel on its own. But of course, Jane Austen couldn't know of Margaret's metamorphosis. Or perhaps she did, and meant one day to say so herself. Whatever, The Third Sister is an imaginative, creative continuation of Sense and Sensibility, featuring a Margaret Dashwood, the third sister, once so underestimated, who turns out to fool even her creator. less...
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Amazon Says: In Aiken's sequel to Jane Austen's complex and fascinating novel, after heroine Fanny Price marries Edmund Bertram, they depart for the Caribbean, and Fanny's younger sister S more...
Amazon Says: In Aiken's sequel to Jane Austen's complex and fascinating novel, after heroine Fanny Price marries Edmund Bertram, they depart for the Caribbean, and Fanny's younger sister Susan moves to Mansfield Park as Lady Bertram's new companion. Surrounded by the familiar cast of characters from Jane Austen's original, and joined by a few charming new characters introduced by the author, Susan finds herself entangled in romance, surprise, scandal, and redemption. Aiken's diverting tale gives the reader interesting speculation on how the Crawfords, whose winning personalities were marred by an amoral upbringing, might have turned out, and Jane Austen's morality tale takes new directions with an unexpected and somewhat controversial ending. "A lovely read-and you don't have to have read Mansfield Park to enjoy it."-Woman's Own "Her sense of time and place is impeccable."-Publishers Weekly "An excellent sequel...remarkably effective and very funny." -Evening Standard less...
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