Miss Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas: Answers to Your Most Burning Questions about Life, Love, Happiness (and What to Wear) from the Great Jane Austen Herself

Miss Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas: Answers to Your Most Burning Questions about Life, Love, Happiness (and What to Wear) from the Great Jane Austen Herself

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By (author) Rebecca Smith

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  • Publisher: Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback | 223 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 206mm x 18mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0399160612
  • ISBN 13: 9780399160615
  • Sales rank: 373,002

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Is the man I'm dating Mr. Darcy in disguise. . . or simply a jerk? It's been two centuries since Jane Austen penned "Pride & Prejudice" and her many other classic novels, yet her adroit observations on the social landscape and profound insights into human nature are as relevant now as they were in her time. If only those of us in need of some good advice today had the opportunity to sit down and tap even a few drops from Austen's great reservoirs of wisdom. Well, now we do. . . . In Miss Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas, Rebecca Smith channels her great-great-great-great-great aunt's sense--and, of course, her sensibility--to help readers navigate their most pressing problems." "Drawing on Austen's novels, letters, and unpublished writings, Smith supplies readers with wise and wonderful counsel for living well in the 21st century. From instruction on how to gracefully "unfriend" someone on Facebook to answers for such timeless questions as "Can a man ever "really" change?" this book enables readers to nimbly navigate life's most tricky terrain with the good sense, good manners, and abundant humor that are the mark of any great Austen heroine. Sensible, savvy, and funny, Miss Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas cleverly answers every Austen fan's most earnest question: What would Jane do? Replete with lovely Austen-inspired color illustrations, as well as quotes from Austen's various novels to support the advice given, this book is the ideal gift for the Jane Austen fanatic in your life.

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Rebecca Smith is Jane Austen's great-great-great-great-great niece and the author of the nonfiction guide, "Miss Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas," which is being released simultaneously in the US and the UK. She is also the author of three novels from Bloomsbury UK: "The Bluebird Cafe "(2001) "Happy Birthday and All That "(2003) and "A Bit of Earth "(2006). Smith studied History at the University of Southampton and is now a Teaching Fellow in English and Creative Writing there. From autumn 2009 until summer 2010, she was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire; she continues to work closely with the Museum. Her first novel for children, "Shadow Eyes," was shortlisted for The 2012 Kelpies Prize. She is currently working on another novel.