Bridget Jones, Before and Beyond | RA Crossroads


Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, all things Bridget Jones and the chick lit backlist lead me down a winding path.

Different Strokes, Different Books | What We’re Reading


“What We’re Reading” this week is about what we could and couldn’t finish, bookwise.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


“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.