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The Jane Austen Cure: Why Women Need Fiction to Replenish Their Souls
By Richly Rooted
Everyone ought to recognize that a woman in possession of a sound mind must be in want of a good story. Jane Austen must’ve thought so, for her novel Northanger Abbey is one of the best literary defenses for fiction, and she has the book’s hero Henry Tilney declare that “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
Fiction–novels–those are the kinds of books we’re not reading enough of anymore. Instead, our reading lists are jam-packed with things that have more obvious bearing on everyday life. Good, helpful things like parenting books, business strategy guides, dieting advice, motivational books, and self help books.
We’re not intolerably stupid. We read these non-fiction books to help us improve our lives and routines, and we do recognize…
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