The Jane Austen Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman

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Playfully and poignantly examines Austen’s life and novels for the timeless advice that still applies for today’s women.

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Playfully and poignantly examines Austen’s life and novels for the timeless advice that still applies for today’s women.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Jane Austen has been my life coach since I first discovered Pride and Prejudice thirty years ago. After reading Lori Smith’s lovely The Jane Austen Guide to Life,
I now understand why. Part Austen biography, how-to-guide, and all heart, this engaging book will sensibly explain the mysteries of relationships, life,
and love that Jane Austen so excelled in on the page and in her own life.”
—Laurel Ann Nattress, editor, Jane Austen Made Me Do It and

“Highly engaging. . . . Lori consults Jane Austen’s novels and letters and allows the author’s sparkling wit, straight moral compass, and wise words to guide us in the 21st century. At times I could almost hear Jane speaking directly to me.”
—Vic Sanborn, Jane Austen’s World blog

 Praise for Lori Smith's A Walk with Jane Austen
“A lovely, intimate read.”
Karen Joy Fowler, best-selling author of The Jane Austen Book Club
“Lyrical and questioning...perfectly pitched.”
Emma Campbell Webster, actress, author of Lost in Austen, and founder of

“With wit, charm, and rare honesty–of which I have to believe Jane Austen would have thoroughly approved–Lori Smith weaves her personal life experiences throughout her journey into the life that was Jane’s. Infused with faith, romance, loss, and a search for self, A Walk with Jane Austen makes for that rare book that keeps popping into one’s thoughts and beckoning one back.”
Tamara Leigh, author of Perfecting Kate and Splitting Harriet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762773817
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,447,859
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Smith is an adorer of Jane Austen and a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She is the author of A Walk with Jane Austen, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Smith’s writing has also appeared in Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly,, Skirt! and Today’s Christian Woman. Visit her online at or at the Jane Austen Quotes blog,

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Jane Austen fans - this is a MUST read!!!

    What a delightful read! If you are a Jane Austen fan, this is a must-read for your collection! The author explored not only Austen's works, but also her life, for this well-documented work. I was amazed at the author's complete knowledge of all things Jane Austen and how she formulated practical how-to's from her comprehensive writings and entire lifespan. Witty comments, thought-provoking lessons and morsels of truth are generously sprinkled throughout each chapter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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