Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday Vol. 14

Longbourn by Jo Baker
October 8th 2013
The servants at Longbourn estate--only glancingly mentioned in Jane Austen's classic--take center stage in Jo Baker's lively, cunning new novel. Here are the Bennets as we have never known them: seen through the eyes of those scrubbing the floors, cooking the meals, emptying the chamber pots. Our heroine is Sarah, an orphaned housemaid beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When the militia marches into town, a new footman arrives under mysterious circumstances, and Sarah finds herself the object of the attentions of an ambitious young former slave working at neighboring Netherfield Hall, the carefully choreographed world downstairs at Longbourn threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, up-ended. From the stern but soft-hearted housekeeper to the starry-eyed kitchen maid, these new characters come vividly to life in this already beloved world. Jo Baker shows us what Jane Austen wouldn't in a captivating, wonderfully evocative, moving work of fiction.

I've been listening to a few literary podcast and  have heard a few whispers about this book at BEA. How interesting would it be to read Pride and The Prejudice through the eyes of the servants. I'm also interested to see how this novel portrays the former slave (I'm assuming from America) mentioned in the synopsis.

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
April 2014

Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity,insouciancekarma, and even happiness

Have you ever looked at a book cover and wondered if you really liked it or didn't? That's how I feel about this book cover.  Apart from that, I'm always one for books with more than one female protagonist. I want to pick up more contemporary and this sounds like a great read. It reminds me of the book P.S Longer Letter Later that I read so many times in high school.

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  1. Longbourn sounds awesome. That's a new one to me. I posted about the Wendy Wunder book too. PS I posted about my David Levithan story on yesterday's BEA post :-)

  2. Oohh... I haven't heard about these. Added to cart :)

    Here's my WoW

  3. Really nice picks. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. I haven't heard of these before but they sound great. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Oh my gosh Wendy Wunder's book sounds so good! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I really love the cover. :)

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  6. Both of these books sound interesting! I would really like to see how the story plays out in Longbourn. Nice Pick!! =) My WoW

  7. I just read it ! The picture looks really good.

  8. I love the cover of both of these. I've seen Longbourn pitched to huge fans of Downton Abbey---so that would be ME. :) Very excited for that one!

  9. I'm also a Downton Abbey fan ! I wasn't sure if it had been pitched this way or not so I didn't mention it.

  10. I've never heard of any of these books before, but they both look good! ;D
    I'm definitely adding Longbourn to my TBR list.

  11. I haven't seen Loungbourn before and it sound so good! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by :)

  12. Oh, YES. Longburn is totally on my list. That cover is heavenly.


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