Classics Book Club

Classics Book Club

The Classics Book Club has been meeting at Towne since the mid-2010s and is led by longtime Towne customer Kathy. The club reads just as the name would suggest – the classics! Anything from Austen to Zola is included in the selections and books are voted on by the members of the book club.

Classics Book Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

Upcoming Meetings and Selections
Tuesday, July 28, 2020: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
Tuesday, August 25, 2020: Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Previous Selections
June 2020: Machines in the Head by Anna Kavan
May 2020: Emma by Jane Austen
April 2020: Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
March 2020: Jacquest the Fatalist by Denis Diderot
February 2020: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
January 2020: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
November 2019: Macbeth by William Shakespeare
October 2019: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
September 2019: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
August 2019: The Natural by Bernard Malamud
July 2019: Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
June 2019: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
May 2019: Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
April 2019: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
March 2019: Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

New York Times Bestseller

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143124757
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2013

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available.

Machines in the Head: Selected Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681374147
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Published: NYRB Classics - February 18th, 2020

Enter the strange and haunting world of Anna Kavan, author of mind-bending stories that blend science fiction and the author's own harrowing experiences with drug addiction, in this new collection of her best short stories.

Emma Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Fiona Stafford (Editor), Fiona Stafford (Introduction by), Fiona Stafford (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141439587
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 6th, 2003

The culmination of Jane Austen's genius, a sparkling comedy of love and marriage

Now a major motion picture starring Anya Taylor-Joy

Darkness at Noon: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501161315
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Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019

The newly discovered lost text of Arthur Koestler’s modern masterpiece, Darkness at Noon—the haunting portrait of a revolutionary, imprisoned and tortured under totalitarian rule—is now restored and in a completely new translation.

Editor Michael Scammell and translator Philip Boehm bring us a brilliant novel, a remarkable discovery, and a new translat

Jacques the Fatalist and His Master Cover Image
By Denis Diderot, Michael Henry (Translated by), Martin Hall (Introduction by), Martin Hall (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140444728
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 6th, 1986

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was among the greatest writers of the Enlightenment, and in Jacques the Fatalist he brilliantly challenged the artificialities of conventional French fiction of his age. Riding through France with his master, the servant Jacques appears to act as though he is truly free in a world of dizzying variety and unpredictability.

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith

Crime and Punishment: Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780679734505
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 1993

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Macbeth (The Pelican Shakespeare) Cover Image
By William Shakespeare, Stephen Orgel (Editor), Stephen Orgel (Introduction by), Stephen Orgel (Series edited by), A. R. Braunmuller (Series edited by)
ISBN: 9780143128564
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 29th, 2016

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series, now in a dazzling new series design

Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition

Gold Medal Winner of the 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 14

The Island of Dr Moreau Cover Image
By H. G. Wells, Margaret Atwood (Introduction by), Steve Maclean (Notes by), Patrick Parrinder (Editor)
ISBN: 9780141441023
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 28th, 2005

Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying an unusual cargo—a menagerie of savage animals. Nursed to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his rescuer and the beasts.

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction; critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos; and much more.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Now a Hulu limited series starri

The Natural: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Bernard Malamud, Kevin Baker (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374502003
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 7th, 2003

The classical novel (and basis for the acclaimed film) now in a new edition

Introduction by Kevin Baker

Pudd'nhead Wilson: and Those Extraordinary Twins Cover Image
By Mark Twain, Malcolm Bradbury (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140430400
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Published: Penguin Classics -

At the beginning of Pudd'nhead Wilson a young slave woman, fearing for her infant's son's life, exchanges her light-skinned child with her master's.  From this rather simple premise Mark Twain fashioned one of his most entertaining, funny, yet biting novels.  On its surface, Pudd'nhead Wilson possesses all the elements of an engrossing nineteenth-century mystery:&

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393341768
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 21st, 2019

“A brilliant novel.… [A] savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.”—New York Times