The Pride and Prejudice Book Club: Truths Universally Acknowledged

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The Pride and Prejudice Book Club: Truths Universally Acknowledged

Over 200 years old, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of the most beloved novels in the English language. The first line of the novel, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife," sets up our expectations and the plot immediately, and we know that there will be some single, well-off men who will fall in love. Or marry, at the least. The journey of Bingley and Darcy, and Jane and Elizabeth, toward their marriages is what readers love about this book, and Jane Austen's witty writing brings it to life.

In this book club we will connect all the books to the original, discussing the changes and reinterpretations different writers take, but also on how the heart of the story is the same, or different than we expected. We have included some new voices to the list, as two excellent multicultural adaptations have been released in the past year: Pride by Ibi Zoboi and Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal.

Join us as we drink tea, have a few biscuits, and talk books. Prior knowledge of Pride and Prejudice is not required (but it can't hurt)! We meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Southeast Library Meeting Room on the following dates:

Nov. 6: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Dec. 4: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

Jan. 8: First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
Feb. 5: Pride by Ibi Zoboi 
March 5: Mary B. by Katherine Chen
April 2: Longbourn by Jo Baker
May 7: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
June 4: Camp Austen: My Life As An Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman
July 2: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
Aug. 6: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Sept. 10: Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Oct. 1: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Nov. 4: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries screening!