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 Selection

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Previous Selections

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024: The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch

Tuesday, November 28th, 2023: I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume

Tuesday, October 24th, 2023: The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023: The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023: A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023: The Moon and Sixpence by W Somerset Maugham

Tuesday, June 27th, 2023: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023: The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023: Winter in the Blood by James Welch

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023: Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes

January 2022: Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

November 2022: So Big by Edna Ferber

October 2022: The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton

   August 2022: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

June 2022: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

May 2022: The Plague by Albert Camus

April 2022: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

March 2022: Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Old Man and the Sea By Ernest Hemingway Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780684801223
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Published: Scribner - May 5th, 1995

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize*
“A beautiful tale, awash in the seasalt and sweat, bait and beer of the Havana coast.


The Sea, the Sea: Booker Prize Winner By Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie (Introduction by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780141186160
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 1st, 2001

Winner of the Booker Prize—a tale of the strange obsessions that haunt a playwright as he composes his memoirs 


I Am a Cat (Tuttle Classics) By Soseki Natsume, Aiko Ito (Translator) Cover Image
By Soseki Natsume, Aiko Ito (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780804832656
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - September 1st, 2001

"A nonchalant string of anecdotes and wisecracks, told by a fellow who doesn't have a name, and has never caught a mouse, and isn't much good for anything except watching human beings in action..." --The New Yorker


The Willows By Algernon Blackwood, John Gregory Betancourt (Introduction by) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781592246205
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Published: Wildside Press - March 1st, 2005

Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was one of the all-time great supernatural writers, and "The Willows" is his masterpiece, praised as one of the greatest horror stories ever written. This edition adds a new introduction by John Gregory Betancourt. H. P.


The House of the Seven Gables By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Milton R. Stern (Editor), Milton R. Stern (Introduction by), Milton R. Stern (Notes by) Cover Image
By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Milton R. Stern (Editor), Milton R. Stern (Introduction by), Milton R. Stern (Notes by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780140390056
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 27th, 1981

FThis enduring novel of crime and retribution vividly reflects the social and moral values of New England in the 1840s. 


A Town Like Alice (Vintage International) By Nevil Shute Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307474001
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Published: Vintage - February 9th, 2010

From the hugely acclaimed author of On the Beacha tale of love and war that follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle during World War II to the rugged Australian outback. • “Entertaining ... Dramatic ... Shute is a natural and effective story-teller.” —The New York Times


The Moon and Sixpence By W. Somerset Maugham, Robert Calder (Introduction by) Cover Image
By W. Somerset Maugham, Robert Calder (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780143039341
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 29th, 2005

One of the novels that galvanized W. Somerset Maugham’s reputation as a literary master


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The Bell Jar: A Novel (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) By Sylvia Plath Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780061148514
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 11th, 2013

A beautifully designed Harper Perennial Deluxe Edition of this haunting American classic: a realistic and emotional novel about a woman battling mental illness and societal pressures written by the iconic American writer Sylvia Plath.


The Chosen By Chaim Potok Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501142468
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 11th, 2022

A coming-of-age classic about two Jewish boys growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, this “profound and universal” (The Wall Street Journal) story of faith, family, tradition, and assimilation remains deeply pertinent today.

“Works of this caliber should be occasion for singing in the streets and shouting from the rooftops.” —Ch


I, Robot (The Robot Series #1) By Isaac Asimov Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553382563
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Published: Del Rey - April 29th, 2008

This classic science fiction masterwork by Isaac Asimov weaves stories about robots, humanity, and the deep questions of existence into a novel of shocking intelligence and heart.
 
“A must-read for science-fiction buffs and literature enjoyers alike.”—The Guardian


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Winter in the Blood By James Welch, Louise Erdrich (Introduction by), Joy Harjo (Foreword by) Cover Image
By James Welch, Louise Erdrich (Introduction by), Joy Harjo (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143105220
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 29th, 2008

A contemporary classic from a major writer of the Native American renaissance — "Brilliant, brutal and, in my opinion, Welch's best work." —Tommy Orange, The Washington Post


Not Without Laughter By Langston Hughes Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780486454481
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Published: Dover Publications - April 4th, 2008

A shining star of the Harlem Renaissance movement, Langston Hughes is one of modern literature's most revered African American authors. Although best known for his poetry, Hughes produced in Not Without Laughter a powerful and pioneering classic novel.


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Oxford World's Classics) By Anne Brontë, Herbert Rosengarten (Editor), Josephine McDonagh Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780199207558
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 11th, 2008

Combining a sensational story of a man's physical and moral decline through alcohol, a study of marital breakdown, a disquisition on the care and upbringing of children, and a hard-hitting critique of the position of women in Victorian society, this passionate tale of betrayal is set within a stern moral framework tempered by Anne Bront 's optimistic belief in universal redemption.


The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton By Edith Wharton Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780684842578
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Published: Scribner - October 10th, 1997

One might not expect a woman of Edith Wharton's literary stature to be a believer of ghost stories, much less be frightened by them, but as she admits in her postscript to this spine-tingling collection, "...till I was twenty-seven or -eight, I could not sleep in the room with a book containing a ghost story." Once her fear was overcome, however, she took to writing tales of the supernatural for p


Johnny Got His Gun By Dalton Trumbo, E. L. Doctorow Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780806528472
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Published: Citadel - July 1st, 2007

The Searing Portrayal Of War That Has Stunned And Galvanized Generations Of Readers


If Beale Street Could Talk (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307275936
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Published: Vintage - October 10th, 2006

From one of the most important writers of the twentieth century comes 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 Crying of Lot 49 By Thomas Pynchon Cover Image
$15.99
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 By James Hilton Cover Image
$17.99
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