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, March 23, 2021: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Tuesday, April 27, 2021: Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson
Tuesday, May 25, 2021: Utopia by Sir Thomas More

Previous Selections
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
August 2020: Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
July 2020: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
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

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.

The Martian Chronicles Cover Image
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.

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

Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison powerfully examines our obsession with beauty and conformity—and asks questions about race, class, and gender with her characteristic subtly and grace.

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.

The 50th-anniversary edition of the bestselling novel that launched John le Carré’s career worldwide

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.