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, September 28, 2021: Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney
Tuesday, October 26, 2021: Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone) by Tsao Husen-Chin (Cao Xueqin)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021: Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

Previous Selections
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
March 2021: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
February 2021: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
January 2021: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
November 2020: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
October 2020: Carmilla by J. Sheridan Lefanu
September 2020: A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

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.

The Member of the Wedding Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618492398
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Published: Mariner Books - August 13th, 2004

From the master of Southern Gothic, Carson McCullers' 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.

Franny and Zooey Cover Image
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.

Mrs. Dalloway Cover Image
By Virginia Woolf, Maureen Howard (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780156628709
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Published: Mariner Books - September 24th, 1990

“Moments like this are buds on the tree of life. Flowers of darkness they are.”

In this vivid portrait of a single day in a woman’s life, Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of preparation for a party while in her mind she is something much more than a perfect society hostess.

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ISBN: 9780062079930
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 11th, 2011

Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles is a must-read for any fan of science fiction or fantasy, a crucial precursor to films like Avatar and Alien and books like Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars and Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, and a haunting prophesy of humanity’s destiny to bring

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Mark Ford (Introduction by), Mark Ford (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140435122
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 1st, 1999

'The novel has everything: an absorbing melodrama, with a supporting cast of heroes, villains and eccentrics, set in a London where vast wealth and desperate poverty live cheek-by-jowl' Jasper Rees, The Times

The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Mitchell (Foreword by), Charlie Jane Anders (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780441007318
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Published: Ace - July 1st, 2000


Ursula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking work of science fiction—winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

Carmilla Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941360385
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Published: Lanternfish Press - November 26th, 2019

A High Wind in Jamaica Cover Image
By Richard Hughes, Francine Prose (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780940322158
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 30th, 1999

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.