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Jane Austen Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons For The Modern Woman Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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“Jane Austen has been my life coach since I first discovered Pride and Prejudice thirty years ago. After reading Lori Smith’s lovely The Jane Austen Guide to Life,
I now understand why. Part Austen biography, how-to-guide, and all heart, this engaging book will sensibly explain the mysteries of relationships, life,
and love that Jane Austen so excelled in on the page and in her own life.”
—Laurel Ann Nattress, editor, Jane Austen Made Me Do It and Austenprose.com
“Highly engaging. . . . Lori consults Jane Austen’s novels and letters and allows the author’s sparkling wit, straight moral compass, and wise words to guide us in the 21st century. At times I could almost hear Jane speaking directly to me.”
—Vic Sanborn, Jane Austen’s World blog
Praise for Lori Smith's A Walk with Jane Austen
–Karen Joy Fowler, best-selling author of The Jane Austen Book Club
–Emma Campbell Webster, actress, author of Lost in Austen, and founder of lostinaustenblogspot.com
“With wit, charm, and rare honesty–of which I have to believe Jane Austen would have thoroughly approved–Lori Smith weaves her personal life experiences throughout her journey into the life that was Jane’s. Infused with faith, romance, loss, and a search for self, A Walk with Jane Austen makes for that rare book that keeps popping into one’s thoughts and beckoning one back.”
–Tamara Leigh, author of Perfecting Kate and Splitting Harriet
From the Inside Flap
Austen’s stories give us relationship advice that still works today, but her life offers us more wisdom than just that pertaining to love. In our fame-obsessed culture, it’s refreshing to think that Austen preferred to remain anonymous. Ironically, Jane Austen—master of love stories—never married and can teach us something about being single. She also endured many painful circumstances and managed them with grace and humor.
In this light biography and guide, author Lori Smith surmises about Austen’s sensible advice for twenty-first-century women—on everything from living our dreams, being a woman of substance, finding a good man, managing money, and more.
As such an astute student of human nature, Austen can teach us much about ourselves and about what it means to live well.
Top Customer Reviews
In many ways Austen was ahead of her times. And in other important ways she was firmly moored to principles which transcend the ages. Aside from her unforgettable writing, surely this combination is what has made her works continue to endure. Smith's book draws from the best of both aspects of Austen's writing and her own life to give us "The Jane Austen Guide to Life." The perspective is refreshing, and the writing is lively. This is the next best thing to tea with Jane herself.
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:
I was intrigued by the combination of a biography and self-help guide
Even though I've read The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After (Elizabeth Kantor), The Jane Austen Handbook (Margaret C. Sullivan), and What Jane Austen Taught Me About Love and Romance (Debra White Smith), I can never get enough of Jane Austen's wise and valuable counsel!
Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose and Vic Sanborn of Jane Austen's World both appear on the back cover giving this book their high praise and commendation.
WHAT I LOVED:
- The Elegance: With fourteen charming illustrations and a simple, aesthetically pleasing hardcover, this novel has a very elegant presentation. In addition, I loved how the prose seamlessly flowed from biography to citations of Jane Austen's novels, from character analyses to modern applications. It was all very graceful!
- The Tone: Sometimes when authors are penning biography or scholarly studies their tone can become a little bit too didactic or formal. I am so pleased that I found Lori Smith's tone to be very approachable and relaxed. It felt like she was having a casual conversation, filled with thoughtful observations and clever connections.
- The Blend: Even though the word "guide" is in the title, this book has an abundance of biographical information. In fact, one could argue that is just as much a biography as it is a guide. I loved how Ms. Smith's prose progressed through the major events of Jane Austen's life and used them as examples of sensible advice and life lessons. Traveling through the story of Jane Austen's life, women can learn and benefit from her experiences with relationships, love, career, and hardships.Read more ›
Since time-travel has yet to be invented, we can only surmise how Austen would have replied. Yet, for centuries she has been speaking to readers in an intimate way without many of us realizing it. In THE JANE AUSTEN GUIDE TO LIFE, author Lori Smith decodes Austen's philosophy on life and love by combing through her novels and personal correspondence for lessons relevant for the modern woman. Is Jane Austen the relationship coach that we should all be learning from? Smith thinks so and has carefully selected key topics that we can contemplate and learn from such as: Living Your Dreams; Pursuing Passion; Marrying Well; Cherishing Family and Friends; Enduring the Hardest Things; and the final chapter Austen's Ethos. You might say this is a self-help book applying the principals and morals that Austen used in writing her fictional characters translated into the nonfiction world. In the introduction, Smith sums it up very nicely...
"This book mines Jane's life and her stories for the lessons she would teach us if she could. Thankfully, through her writing, she can and does speak today." p. xi
I never feel more like Lydia Bennet when someone recommends a self-help book to me. Remember in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE when Mr. Collins reads from FORDYCE'S SERMONS and she gaped in horror? I can totally relate. I deplore being preached to and am quite the skeptic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fun! What life would be if only she were alive! We can see how customs have changed over the years, how morals and values have become so very different over the years.Published on July 10, 2014 by Grace Benesh-Buck
Lori Smith's book "The Jane Austen Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman" is a 21st century perspective on the lessons that Jane Austen taught through her... Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Rachael Copeland
Very well done with many Jane Austen quotes to enlighten us 'modern' women. Every woman should read this book and follow Jane's admonitions. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Linda Broemel
A really enjoyable look at the wonder that is Jane Austen and the legacy she gifted the world. Lori Smith has written a thoughtful and thought provoking look at one of literature's... Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by LuAnne Parrish
This is definitely a book for Janeites! I *heart* the many lessons and morals presented in this book. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Helen Hancock
I was very excited when I saw this book and quickly ordered it. However, it contains no insights into Austen and her work that an attentive reader could not have made themselves. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Sunshine
Lori Smith's "The Jane Austen Guide to Life" is simply wonderful. With pithy Austen quotes sprinkled throughout, the book gives some of Austen's bio interwoven with snippets from... Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Sarah Hamaker, author of Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids From War to Peace
What a delightful read! If you are a Jane Austen fan, this is a must-read for your collection! The author explored not only Austen's works, but also her life, for this... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by ~Amy