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Paddy's Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred
Thomas Gallagher
Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One
Jenny K. Blake
When in French: Love in a Second Language
Lauren Collins
Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job
Jesse Sostrin
Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing
David Hubel, Margaret S. Livingstone
Achieving Your Potential As A Photographer: A Creative Companion and Workbook
Harold Davis
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Sherry Turkle
Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Voices That Matter)
Roberto Valenzuela
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner
Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection
Jacob Silverman

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

Jane Austen Ruined My Life - Beth Pattillo It was a quick read, and I was interested in what was happening plotwise, but not very impressed with the writing until the end. Then it became much better -- worth thinking over, worth recommending. A strange little story, but with an intriguing premise of a large stash of authentic unpublished Austen letters -- preserved by Cassandra and a secret society called the Formidables over the years. A ruined academic, also on the rebound from a cheating husband is the unlikely heroine. JA has ruined her life (along with her parents) by teaching her to believe in happy endings. Ultimately, she becomes a true JA heroine in that she takes a path of self-discovery and discovers that it is she who has ruined her life and no one else. So she has the power to make different choices now. It's a really interesting debate at the end about whether it is right to suppress the letters -- and whether it does JA good or not as a serious author to have personal details of her life suppressed. I think the story of JA's lost letters and what was hidden in them was very plausible, and the writing about this was much better than the details of Emma's ruined marriage and academic career, and her misadventures with various men in London.