Book Clubs

We help you find the books you'll love!!

Are you looking for a group of like minded bibliophiles? Are you new to the area and want to find a group of people with similar interests? Stop by the Towne Book Center and Cafe and join one of our book clubs!

Members receive 15% off each month's selection listed below!

 

Towne Book Center & Cafe Book Club

This is the original book club, in existence practically since the day the store opened its doors 25 years ago! The TBC&C Book Club typically reads literary and contemporary fiction with a few forays into popular nonfiction and former bestsellers. Frequently the group reads books by local authors and host the authors as part of the discussion! The TBC&C Book Club is a very comfortable and encouraging group and they welcome any and all opinions on the books they read each month. Each meeting is typcially attended by 20 to 30 people of various ages.

Former selections include Life of Pi by Yann Martel; The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7PM

Next Book: Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

 

Modern Readers Book Club

The Modern Readers are our newest group of bibliophiles meeting here at the Towne Book Center & Cafe! The Modern Readers enjoy reading books from every genre and often read books that discuss socially progressive and controversial topics - their favorite books are ones that might best be classified as "out there" by most other readers. If you like reading new and/or interesting books, this is the book club for you!

Former selections include Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel; Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi; The Vorrh by Brian Catling; Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

Meets on the 2nd (or occasionally the 3rd) Sunday of the month at 10AM

Next Book: The Time Traveler's Guide to Medeival England, by Ian Mortimer

 

Classics Book Club

The Classics Book Club reads just what the name would suggest - the classics! Anything from Austen to Zola is included in the repertoire and if you miss your favorite literature class from high school or college and you're looking for a group of like-minded individuals, this is the group for you!

Meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7PM

Next Book: Appointment in Samarra, by John O'Hara

 

Literary Fiction Book Club

The Literary Fiction Book Club reads fiction that is often overlooked by the general public and does that does not often grace the lists of bestsellers. Each book is guaranteed to make you think, both about the context of the book, but also about how it relates to society as a whole.

Meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7PM

Next Book: Wonder Boys, by Michael Chabon

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062363602
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - December 6th, 2016

Towne Book Center & Cafe Book Club Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 5th at 7PM

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.


The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781439112908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone Books - October 25th, 2011

Modern Readers Next Meeting: Sunday, April 9th at 10 AM

Now in paperback, a literary time machine that takes readers into the sights, smells, and tastes of the fourteenth century--a book that is revolutionary in its concept and startling in its portrayal of humanity.
The past is a foreign country. This is your guidebook. A time machine has just transported you back into the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? How do you earn a living and how much are you paid? What sort of food will you be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? And more important, where will you stay?
The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England is not your typical look at a historical period. This radical new approach shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived.
Through the use of daily chronicles, letters, household accounts, and poems of the day, Mortimer transports you back in time, providing answers to questions typically ignored by traditional historians. You will learn how to greet people on the street, what to use as toilet paper, why a physician might want to taste your blood, and how to know whether you are coming down with leprosy.
The result is the most astonishing social history book you're ever likely to read: revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance, and fear.


Appointment in Samarra Cover Image
By John O'Hara, Charles McGrath (Introduction by), Neil Gower (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143107071
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2013

Classics Book Club Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 28th at 7PM

One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John O Hara's crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.
Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, O Hara's iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.

 


Wonder Boys Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812979213
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade - April 29th, 2008

Literary Fiction Book Club Next Meeting: Thursday, March 13th at 7PM

A modern classic, now in a welcome new edition, Wonder Boys firmly established Michael Chabon as a force to be reckoned with in American fiction. At once a deft parody of the American fame factory and a piercing portrait of young and old desire, this novel introduces two unforgettable characters: Grady Tripp, a former publishing prodigy now lost in a fog of pot and passion and stalled in the midst of his endless second book, and Grady's student, James Leer, a budding writer obsessed with Hollywood self-destruction and struggling with his own searching heart.