Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nonfiction November - Be The Expert

Hosted by Regular Rumination this week
This week's prompt:
Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
I'm going to Be The Expert and recommend three great books on Jane Austen and her fandom.

A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family RecollectionsA Memoir of Jane Austen by James Edward Austen-Leigh

Written by her nephew over 50 years after her death it contains the memories of many of her relatives.  Following in the footsteps of Cassandra, Jane's sister, in the decision to burn many of her letters, the book leaves out a lot of personal information. The book help build readership for Jane's books which before had not been read by many outside of the literary world.

Jane Austen's Letters Jane Austen's Letters

As mentioned above Jane's sister Cassandra burned many of her letters.  What remains are gathered in this collection. Her letters show the same wit and cultural observation present in her novels.

Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaffe

First, let me be upfront, I know Deborah we are both members of the same JASNA region.* Second, know that I'll take any opportunity to promote this book for her.  However, even if I didn't know Deborah, I would still have picked up this book.  Janeites vary like you couldn't believe but at the core we all adore Jane and her work.   Deborah shows a diverse and entertaining look at the fandom.

*We are members of the Jane Austen Society of North America - Central NJ Region


  1. I love Jane Austen, but it never occurred to me to read book about her! All of these books look fantastic.

  2. There is so little information on her because of the privacy kept by her family so I wanted to know as much about her as I could. I feel her family and her letters are the best places to learn that information.

  3. Thanks for the plug, Amelia!