Here we are at the first Sunday Salon of June. Where has the year gone already? While we’re in the middle of the year and some folks are still having winter weather, we can always rely on books for comfort no matter what the temperature is.
Today I have a unique book to tell you about in that it’s a series of quotes and quips from the life of one of the world’s most famous authors - Jane Austen.
Have you ever wondered what books Jane Austen read? Or what her #1 pet peeve was?
Well now you can find the answers to these (and other) questions in THE LIST LOVER’S GUIDE TO JANE AUSTEN (ISBN: 978-1402282034, Trade Paperback) coming out this week from Sourcebooks. Released just in time for the 200th Anniversary of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, author Joan Strasbaugh is a “hard-core fan” and known in Jane circles around the world.
This is the first biography (that Sourcebooks knows of) to ever be composed of lists! To celebrate this new biography, Joan is touring blogdom through June 16. As part of the promotion she is giving away one copy of THE LIST LOVER’S GUIDE TO JANE AUSTEN to a lucky visitor to Thoughts. Please see the end of the post for the guidelines.
Sourcebooks and Joan are sharing some excerpts from this delightful book. These feature a few of the many fun and breezy lists that help us discover everything there is to know about Jane Austen, that sassy literary genius we know and love!
Trying to pin down Jane Austen is difficult—but nevertheless exciting! THE LIST LOVER’S GUIDE TO JANE AUSTEN is incredibly detailed and offers readers an in-depth look at the context of Jane Austen’s life from birth to her final days, and expands upon why she is still so relevant today in both literature and life.
Anyone who loves or appreciates Jane Austen’s smart, timeless literature will devour this text and will refer to it again and again. Lists like “Her Social Circle” and “Balls and Dances She Attended” weave a seamless portrait of the woman that Austen was — not based on her fictions, but on her facts.
While including extensive background information on the author (down to the very flowers she grew in her garden), the book also features juicy details like:
* Possible Suitors
* Who Broke Her Heart
* The Hearts She Broke
* Her Morbid Sense of Humor
* Jane’s Royal Ancestors
Here’s a couple of excerpts from this intriguing book to entice you a bit more. The first is:
BOOKS SHE READ
Now for another fun list.
WHAT SHE ATE AND DRANK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joan Strasbaugh has been a proud Janeite for half of her life. She now
A former publisher at Jones Books, Joan also holds a membership to the Jane Austen Society of North America.
GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES: To enter this giveaway, please send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line, “Win THE LIST LOVER’S GUIDE.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. And, just so you know, I don’t share this information with anyone other than the publisher nor use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance to win a copy of THE LIST LOVER’S GUIDE TO JANE AUSTEN is 8 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, June 11.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. What kind of list would you like to see compiled about Jane Austen?