Pride and Prejudice Redux

Published in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice seems to be showing no signs of slowing down in terms of either popularity or endurance. In fact, a recent handful of offerings make it abundantly clear that the famous novel of romance and manners still has plenty to offer for modern readers.

Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali DevPride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
by Sonali Dev
Dr. Trisha Raje is a brilliant neurosurgeon. DJ Caine is a top-caliber chef on the cusp of becoming a celebrity.  Set in San Francisco, the two are thrown together when Trisha’s family hires him to cater a huge wedding.  Trisha comes across as classist, judgmental, and just plain rude whenever DJ is around, but he can’t quit the job; he needs the money to pay for his sister’s surgery.  Just when DJ can’t take any more of Trisha’s insults, he discovers she is the surgeon saving his sister’s life.   This covers a lot of territory, but it’s a fun romp with a diverse cast of characters and obvious love for the original novel.

Pride by Ibi ZoboiPride by Ibi Zoboi
Set in the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, young Zuri Benito loves her home, her family, and her community. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, they embody to Zuri everything that is going wrong in their neighborhood.  She takes an immediate disliking to Darius, the eldest of the family’s sons, and the feeling seems to be mutual.  When circumstances lead Darius and Zuri to unexpectedly find themselves on the same side, though, those hard exteriors begin to melt just enough for the possibility of love to slip through. Continue reading “Pride and Prejudice Redux”

Galentine’s Day

For Galentine’s Day I reached out to the amazing ladies in my life for some female friendship literature! Here were their suggestions:


Jen (the childhood friend): Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Continue reading “Galentine’s Day”

December Literary Holidays

December may have many holidays for you to celebrate but let me give you a few extra, book-themed holidays to add to your plate.

Jólabókaflóð – which translated means “The Book Flood of Christmas” – has been getting a lot of hype recently. In Iceland, the winter months see a large influx of new books from publishers (hence the flood). Why is this? Because it is one of the most popular gifts to give. Presents are swapped on December 24th and reading ensues! Sounds like a great tradition to get on board with. For ideas on new books check our list of new December fiction and nonfiction, or explore our librarians’ favorite novels and nonfiction of 2017. Continue reading “December Literary Holidays”

A Bouquet of Literary Gardens

by Library Staff

Find The Writer's Garden in the SPL catalog



Roald Dahl’s garden is bright with purple alliums, each
Star-burst blossom bigger than a giant peach.



Find Virginia Woolf's Garden in the SPL catalog



Virginia Woolf’s garden flowers through night and day
With burgundy dahlias lining the fragrant way.


Continue reading “A Bouquet of Literary Gardens”

Romantic Wednesdays: If you like Jane Austen

If you’ve read everything by Jane Austen, and would like more in that same vein, you should try Georgette Heyer. Heyer has been credited with writing the first modern historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in the Regency era in England (the same time period/location as Jane Austen’s novels), and she also wrote contemporary (for her time) mysteries set in the 1920s. In order to inform her 20th Century readers about the realities of the Regency era, she included meticulous details about the daily life and social customs of the British upper class. This gives the reader a real feel for what it would have been like to be one of the characters in her books. Due to her attention to detail, her book An Infamous Army includes, in my opinion, one of the most historically accurate depictions of the Battle of Waterloo ever written! Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: If you like Jane Austen”