Pasadena Star-News

Author has rude awakenings for Jane Austen addict

By Michelle J. Mills, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/08/2009 11:26:32 PM PDT

Laurie Viera Rigler further explores her literary passion in “Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict” (Dutton, $26). Here she relates the tale of a English woman from the past who, after a horseback riding accident, finds herself in modern day Los Angeles, where she learns to survive and finds love. Rigler is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North American and teaches writing workshops at Vroman’s in Pasadena and other places.

The Image of America book series continues with “Los Angeles’s Original Farmers Market” (Arcadia Publishing, $22) by David Hamlin and Brett Arena. The work traces the 75 year history of the site through hundreds of rare archival photos accompanied by informative and enlightening text. Hamlin is the Farmers Market’s publicist. Arena is the archivist for A.F. Gilmore Company, the market’s owner.

Faye and Aliza Kellerman explore a parallel, yet different reality in “Prism” (HarperTeen, $17), for ages 12 and up. The story is set in a world much like our own except there is no healthcare, doctors or medicine. When their bus crashes on a school trip, students are forced to help each other and fight for survival. Faye Kellerman is the author of 25 novels, this is her first book for teens and also the first time writing with her teen daughter Aliza Kellerman. They live in Los Angeles.

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