2018 Book Pollyanna List

It's a bit late, as I misplaced my list of books that we exchanged at our 2018 Jane Austen Birthday Meeting.  I say misplaced, what I really mean is shoved in my copy of Persuasion and then forgotten that's where I put them.

Here's what we exchanged:

The Witch Elm by Tana French
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Telling Some Tales by Anna Massey
Mary B by Katherine J. Chen
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Jane Austen in Boca by Paula Marantz Cohen
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Bad Austen: The Worst Stories Jane Never Wrote by Peter Archer and Jennifer Lawler
Sound the Deep Waters: Women's Romantic Poetry in the Victorian Age by Pamela Norris
Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson
Jane Austen: A Biography by Elizabeth Jenkins


Wordy Wednesday #11

Source: source unknown via CNJ JASNA on Pinterest 

Text of image:


By E. L. Sylvester

Phoebe brings the tea-pot, the tea is all a'steam;
Doll brings the pitcher filled with golden cream.
Rhoda has the dainty cups rimmed about with blue,
And Polly brings the pretty spoons shining bright as new.
The Baby trips along behind, looking very droll;
And she, the sweetest of them all, bring the sugar-bowl.


2019 CNJ JASNA Program

Meeting Dates and Topics

February 17 - Continuing our reading of Jane Austen's novels in order of publication, we will discuss Persuasion, at the Plainsboro Public Library

April 14 - Program TBD

June 16 - Program TBD

August 18 - Program TBD

October 20 - Discussion of several critical articles on Persuasion.

December 15 - Our Annual holiday and Jane Austen birthday party, including games and book Pollyanna, at a member's house in Freehold.

Reading Group Dates and Books

March 17 - Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

May 19 - Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers by J. H. Hubback and Edith C. Hubback

September 15 - We will be discussing works of Jane Austen fanfiction.  You can read one or all three; for each book, one attendee will present a short summary/book report for the benefit of those who have chosen a different book.

  • Mary B.  by Katherine J. Chen
  • Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
November 17 - Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity by Janine Barcha

Program information will be updated as we finalize plans.  You can find them at the link on the navigation bar under Programs 2019