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Best Book Ever

Jun 12, 2023

My guest this week is my beautiful daughter Ella. Ella just finished a semester at the University of Leicester, where she studied the novels of Jane Austen, and we have been talking nonstop about the books versus the movie adaptations, as well as feminism in Jane Austens books, and whether or not Harry Styles can smolder. It's a journey.

Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Ella Strauss


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Discussed in this episode:


1st Annual Kids/YA Episode when Ella told me about Kate Atkinson

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Emma by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Clueless Movie

Bride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility Movie

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

Here comes the smolder – from “Tangled”

Derek Zoolander’s “Blue Steel”

Here is the Mr. Darcy hand flex scene that all the kids are weirdly obsessed with

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Eve Ensler

Colleen Hoover

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Bunny: A Novel by Mona Awad


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