Ju--I also enjoyed the Home Companion. I'll pick it up again this summer when I'm putting together next year's curriculum.
Also, I just finished "Jenna Starborn," by Sharon Shinn. Huge disappointment. It wasn't actually Shinn's fault though. As Timothy pointed out, the front of the book clearly states it is a retelling of Jane Eyre--only sci fi. Hmm. If you hadn't read Jane Eyre you would probably enjoy Jenna Starborn. If you HAVE read Jane Eyre than you LOVE Jane Eyre and any and all retellings will leave you cold. Including this one. It lacked passion. It just plain wasn't a Bronte novel.