Pray tell me, what would Jane Austen do? The answer is in The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan, featured in our very first Book of the Month video. This book offers tongue-in-cheek advice that may have worked for a woman in the 19th century, but not always so much in today’s world. I must admit, I was quite swept up in all of it — just watch the video to see me go from blazers and jeans to bonnets and baskets.
Really though, The Jane Austen Handbook is delightful! Not only do we love Jane Austen, but we love that today we can have fun with the culture that fueled her novels. Obviously, a lot of the “advice” given is based on outdated social norms, but with our appreciation for Jane Austen and literature we couldn’t help but dive right into the book with full force and full skirts. If you or a friend can’t get enough of the literary icon – or perhaps the A&E Pride and Prejudice miniseries – then I definitely recommend picking up this book. Still, if you’ve never read a Jane Austen novel, you’ll probably still enjoy the humorous passages in addition to a few small DIY projects such as basket embellishing.
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