Book Review - Cassandra & Jane

Those of us who love Jane Austen are frustrated that our beloved authoress only wrote six complete novels.  However, with access to the Internet, you can quickly discover the world of fan fiction, books written by fans that involve the characters of Jane's novels.  Biographies of Jane also abound, and, as an avid "Janeite," I have read more than my share.  So I was cautious about approaching the book, "Cassandra & Jane," by Jill Pitkeathley.  It's non-abashedly fiction, but surprisingly accurate, filling in the facts with fictional dialogue between the sisters, while

Jane Austen Book & Movie Club to Discuss "Drums of Autumn" by Diana Gabaldon

The Jane Austen Book & Movie Club will be discussing "Drums of Autumn," the fourth book in the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon for our next meeting on April 14th.  We will meet in the International Room at 6:00 pm in the Carnegie Building, 244 W. Michigan Ave.

Audio Book Review - Airborn

If you have been lamenting the lack of modern-day classics that stand up to Treasure Island and Shipwrecked, give a listen to the full cast audiobook version of Airborn by Kenneth Appel.  It's a rousing adventure with a steampunk twist, in a Brit-centric universe where San Francisco is called Lions Gate City and giant airships fill the skies over the continents and the immense oceans, Atlanticus and Pacificus.  Matt Cruse is the narrator and cabin boy of the Airship Aurora.  He was literally born in the air, and following his father's tragic fall fr

JA Book Club to Continue the Outlander Series

Tha Jane Austen Book club had a great meeting in January discussing "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon.  For February, we will be discussing "Dragonfly in Amber" the second book in the series.  We meet on Valentine's Day, February 14th in the McIntyre Room at 6:00.  What more fitting day to discuss the renewal of Jamie and Clair Fraser's love.  If  you are a fan of the Outlander series, please join us.  If you're a closet Austen fan, join us as well -- we never tire of talking about our Jane and her 6 great novels.

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