This book sounds absolutely delicious. Of course, I am an unabashed fan of Jane Austen’s writings so a book about her is very appealing.
Publishers Weekly starred review:
A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Love, Adventure and Faith
Lori Smith. WaterBrook, $13.99 paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-4000-7370-2
In this engaging, deeply personal and well-researched travelogue, Smith (a PW contributor) journeys to England to soak in the places of Jane Austen’s life and writings. The book is sure to ride the wave of Austen-philia that has recently swept through Hollywood and a new generation of Americans, but this is an unusual look at Jane Austen. Readers will learn plenty of biographical details—about Austen’s small and intimate circle of family and friends, her candid letters to her sister, her possible loves and losses, her never-married status, her religious feelings, and her untimely death at the age of 41. But it is the author’s passionate connection to "Jane"—the affinity she feels and her imaginings of Austen’s inner life—that bring Austen to life in ways no conventional biographer could. Smith’s voice swings authentically between her own raw, aching vulnerability as a single Christian woman battling a debilitating and mysterious chronic illness and the surges of faith she finds in the grace of a loving God. And yes, Smith even meets a potential Darcy at the start of her journey. This deliciously uncertain romantic tension holds the book together as Smith weaves her own thoughts, historical research, and fitting references to Austen’s novels into a satisfying whole. (Oct. 16)
I have a rather large collection of DVD’s, but out of them all, there are only a favored few that get watched again and again. Those include:
Bride & Prejudice (the Bollywood version of Pride & Prejudice)
Pride & Prejudice (BBC version)[update: same as A&E, starring Colin Firth]
Pride & Prejudice (2005 movie version)
Sense & Sensibility (1995 movie version)
Oh, now I’m in the mood for a movie. Somebody pass the popcorn.