My sister saw this book and bought it for me. In 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen: The Truth About the World’s Most Intriguing Literary Heroine (New York: Fall River Press, 2007), Patrice Hannon takes a novel approach to a biography. Short, focused chapters make for easy reading and, along with the limited length of the book, will attract lay readers (i.e., non-English majors or professors). Hannon relates events and people in Austen’s novels to those in her own life.
Of course, the title is a bit confusing because Austen isn’t really a “literary heroine”; that role is reserved for the protagonist of a literary work.