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BKLYN BookMatch: Understanding the Past and Yourself

Created for a patron who loves Jane Austen, Marilyn Robinson, and Carson McCullers and is looking for stories with compelling storytimes, historical drama, and books that help [them] understand the past and [themselves]. This list was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library for a reader. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit Bklyn BookMatch here:

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The age of innocence

Edith Wharton ; introduction by Louis Auchincloss. |

The house of mirth

Edith Wharton ; with an introduction by Anna Quindlen. |

Another country

James Baldwin. |


Gail Godwin. |

Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel. |

Gertrude Bell

Georgina Howell. |


Jo Baker. |

Some Austen re-tellings read like bad fan-fiction, but Jo Baker's Longbourn is something else, a historical novel in its own right that follows the fortunes of the servants of the Bennet household during the events of Pride and Predjudice. It's full of accurate detail and surprisingly divergent viewpoints.