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, May 24, 2022: The Plague by Albert Camus
Tuesday, June 28, 2022: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Previous Selections
April 2022: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
March 2022: Lost Horizon by James Hilton
February 2022: Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
January 2022: Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
November 2021: Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
October 2021: Dream of the Red Chamber / The Story of the Stone by Tsao Husen-Chin / Cao Xueqin
September 2021: Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney
August 2021: The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
July 2021: Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
June 2021: Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
May 2021: Utopia by Sir Thomas More
April 2021: Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson

If Beale Street Could Talk (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307275936
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Published: Vintage - October 10th, 2006

A stunning love story about a young Black woman whose life is torn apart when her lover is wrongly accused of a crime—"a moving, painful story, so vividly human and so obviously based on reality that it strikes us as timeless" (The New York Times Book Review)

The Plague (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679720218
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

“Its relevance lashes you across the face.” —Stephen Metcalf, The Los Angeles Times • “A redemptive book, one that wills the reader to believe, even in a time of despair.” —Roger Lowenstein, The Washington Post 

The Crying of Lot 49 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060913076
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 17th, 2006

“A puzzle, an intrigue, a literary and historical tour de force.” — San Francisco Examiner

The Crying of Lot 49 is Thomas Pynchon's highly original classic satire of modern America, about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in what would appear to be an international conspiracy.

Lost Horizon: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062113726
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 3rd, 2012

“The most artful kind of suspense. . . ingenuity I have rarely seen equaled.”  — The New Yorker

Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Joan Didion, David Thomson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374529949
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 15th, 2005

A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Joan Didion's Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader.

Doctor Zhivago (Vintage International) Cover Image
By Boris Pasternak, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780307390950
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds.

Our Man in Havana Cover Image
By Graham Greene, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780142438008
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 31st, 2007

MI6’s man in Havana is Wormold, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman turned reluctant secret agent out of economic necessity. To keep his job, he files bogus reports based on Charles Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare and dreams up military installations from vacuum-cleaner designs. Then his stories start coming disturbingly true…

The Story of the Stone, Volume I: The Golden Days, Chapters 1-26 Cover Image
By Cao Xueqin, David Hawkes (Translated by), David Hawkes (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140442939
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 30th, 1974

The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature.

Beowulf Cover Image
By Seamus Heaney (Editor)
ISBN: 9780393320978
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2001

New York Times bestseller and winner of the Costa Book Award.

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ISBN: 9780618492398
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Published: Mariner Books - August 13th, 2004

From the master of Southern Gothic, Carson McCullers's coming-of-age story like no other about a young girl's fascination with her brother's wedding.

Twelve-year-old Frankie is utterly, hopelessly bored with life until she hears about her older brother’s wedding.

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ISBN: 9780316450720
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2018

"Perhaps the best book by the foremost stylist of his generation" (New York Times), J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey collects two works of fiction about the Glass family originally published in The New Yorker.

"Everything everybody does is so--I don't know--not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily.

Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Flannery O'Connor, Robert Fitzgerald (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374504649
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux -

Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality.

Utopia Cover Image
By Thomas More, Paul Turner (Translated by), Paul Turner (Introduction by), Paul Turner (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140449105
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 6th, 2003

In his most famous and controversial book, Utopia, Thomas More imagines a perfect island nation where thousands live in peace and harmony, men and women are both educated, and all property is communal.

Green Mansions: A Novel Cover Image
By W.H. Hudson, John Galsworthy (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781585679485
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Published: The Overlook Press - September 4th, 2007

Lavishly illustrated with 60 drawings by Keith Henderson, W.H. Hudson’s most famous novel, Green Mansions is the book that sparked the nature conservation movement. The inspiration for the movie starring Audrey Hepburn, Green Mansions stunningly recreates the untouched forests of South America with amazing detail.