Radicals, Fashionistas, Politicos, Young Jane, & More | Classic Returns

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A crazy roundtable of reissues this month, including early works by Austen, a Black Panther’s memoir, a Chinese immigrant’s awakening, a theological thriller, a street graffiti bible, and more.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld | LJ Review

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In this charming modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Sittenfeld (Prep; ­American Wife) deftly brings Austen’s classic into the 21st century.

The Brontës and Austen Redux, Redux | Wyatt’s World

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There is a new wave of retellings of Austen and the Brontës happening now and into the spring, seeking to reinvent the beloved classics. Here are five forthcoming titles in that mold.

November Remembering | Classic Returns

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The themes this month: cute dogs; autism; cross-dressing; vintage dressing; the idiocy of war; the aftereffects of the Holocaust and of AIDS.

Vive le Livre & More | What We’re Reading

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A salute to Paris from the LJ/SLJ/JLG “What We’re Reading” team this week.

Graphic Novels by Edginton & Deas, with Austen, and Horrocks | Xpress Reviews

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Forget Colin firth; here’s a new Pride and Prejudice for the modern reader; anyone with an interest in the history or creation of comics will find themselves enthralled by Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

Q&A: Margaret C. Sullivan, the Author of Jane Austen Cover to Cover on Austen’s work and legacy

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“I’ve never felt Austen’s work was chained to its time period in essence. In details it certainly is, but while the setting of her novels was in the Georgian/Regency period, at its core she was writing about people and their behavior.”

A Modern Emma: Alexander McCall Smith Reimagines Jane Austen’s Classic

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“Jane Austen is the perfect writer. She doesn’t need to be rewritten,” declared McCall Smith, the genial author of the hugely loved “No. 1 Ladies Detective” series, during an interview in his suite at New York’s Warwick Hotel.

Back to School : Classics Worth a Second Read | The Reader’s Shelf

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Consider building a display of classic titles that your patrons might have, shall we say, skimmed the first time around.

Thieves, Friends, Fashionistas, and Yoo-Hoo Sex | What We’re Reading

The Story about Ping

The LJ/School Library Journal staff reads a designer bio, a kiddie classic, an office romance, a cyber/technothriller, a Darcy duo mystery, and a story about (maybe) a girl’s struggles.