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, June 23, 2020: A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
Tuesday, July 28, 2020: Machines in the Head by Anna Kavan
Tuesday, August 25, 2020: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
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
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.
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.
Richard Hughes's celebrated short novel is a masterpiece of concentrated narrative. Its dreamlike action begins among the decayed plantation houses and overwhelming natural abundance of late nineteenth-century Jamaica, before moving out onto the high seas, as Hughes tells the story of a group of children thrown upon the mercy of a crew of down-at-the-heel pirates.
The culmination of Jane Austen's genius, a sparkling comedy of love and marriage
Now a major motion picture starring Anya Taylor-Joy
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
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.
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
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
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
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.
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 classical novel (and basis for the acclaimed film) now in a new edition
Introduction by Kevin Baker
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 brilliant novel.… [A] savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.”—New York Times