Episode 11

Elizabeth Essex on Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale

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Books discussed in this episode:

Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
From Cabin Boys to Captains: 250 Years of Women at Sea by Jo Stanley
Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson by Steven E. Maffeo
Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends Book 1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
After the Scandal by Elizabeth Essex
Mad About the Marquess by Elizabeth Essex
Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex

A Scandal to Remember by Elizabeth Essex

The Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas
Book 1: A Study in Scarlet Women
Book 2: A Conspiracy in Belgravia
Book 3: The Hollow of Fear
Book 4: The Art of Theft
Book 5: Murder on Cold Street

The Veronica Speedwell Series by Deanna Raybourn
Book 1: A Curious Beginning
Book 2: A Perilous Undertaking
Book 3: A Treacherous Curse
Book 4: A Dangerous Collaboration
Book 5: A Murderous Relation

Andrea Penrose: The Lady Arianna Hadley Mysteries (6 Book Series) and the Wrexford and Sloane Regency Mysteries (4 Book Series)

During our conversation, we talked about a Jane Austen time travel book, but couldn’t remember the title. Elizabeth suggested it might be The Austen Project: A Novel, by Kathleen A. Flynn. When I went to research it, I found the one that I read: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler. But in case you were not aware of this, bookworms, Jane Austen time travel is a whole genre unto itself. I had no idea. But every month I send out a curated book list, and this month I’ll dive into this previously undiscovered category of books. 

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Patrons also get to hear an exclusive clip, where we discussed the following:
Jane Austen
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
Jacques Cousteau

Remarkable Creatures: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier (this is the book I read about Mary Anning)
A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare (a Romance novel suggested by Elizabeth; has a character based on Mary Anning.)

We did not discuss the following books, but Mary Anning is such a fascinating person that I’d like to point you to the wealth of books about her, including the following:
Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling
Jurassic Mary: Mary Anning and the Primeval Monsters by Patricia Pierce

And, there are even more options in kids/Middle Grade books, in case you are interested in sharing Mary’s story with a young person in your life.
Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of mary Anning, the First Paleontologist by Linda Skeers and Marta Álvarez Miguéns (Gr. PreK-4)
Stone Girl Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis by Laurence Anhold and Sheila Moxley (G.r K – 3)
The Fossil Girl by Catherine Brighton (Gr. K-3)
Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon by Jeannine Atkins (Gr. K-5)
Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter by Sally M. Walker (Gr. 2-3)
History VIPs: Mary Anning by Kay Barnham (Gr. 4-6)
The Dragon in the Cliff: A Novel based on the Life of Mary Anning by Sheila Cole (Gr. 4-6)
Mary Anning’s Curiosity by Monica Kulling and Melissa Castrillon (Recommended for grades 4-7)
Curious Bones: Mary Anning and the Birth of Paleontology by Thomas W. Goodhue (Gr. 5-6)

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