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: The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens
Modern Readers Book Club
The Modern Readers are Taking a Brief Summer Hiatus!
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
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: The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford
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: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Towne Book Center & Cafe Book Club Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 5th at 7PMCollege student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.
Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.
Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it's too late to escape the fallout?
Classics Book Club Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 25th at 7PMAt the fashionable German spa town Bad Nauheim, two wealthy, fin de siecle couples -- one British, the other American -- meet for their yearly assignation. As their story moves back and forth in time between 1902 and 1914, the fragile surface propriety of the pre -- World War I society in which these four characters live is ruptured -- revealing deceit, hatred, infidelity, and betrayal. "The Good Soldier" is Edward Ashburnham, who, as an adherent to the moral code of the English upper class, is nonetheless consumed by a passion for women younger than his wife -- a stoic but fallible figure in what his American friend, John Dowell, calls "the saddest story I ever heard.
Literary Fiction Book Club Next Meeting: Thursday, July 13th at 7PM
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.