Alternative, parodying, or otherwise adaptive takes on famous books have recently become trendy — and perhaps no classic work is more susceptible than Pride and Prejudice, with its eminently memorable plotline; cast of beloved, compelling characters that practically beg for a spinoff; and prime location on the reading lists of nearly every English 101 course. Jo Baker’s Longbourn is the latest in this tradition, but suffice it to say that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this is not. Rather, it’s an imaginative, captivatingly written, rightly-reverent-but-in-no-way-derivative account of what life might’ve been like for the people who worked as servants for the Bennet family, and who experienced their own share of memorable plotlines and Austen-style interpersonal tension. Who knows, maybe this one’ll get its own spinoff (or at least a spot on syllabi) some day. See Baker when she reads at Mrs. Dalloway’s (2904 College Ave., Berkeley).