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, November 24, 2020: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
December 2020: NOT MEETING
Tuesday, January 25, 2021: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Previous Selections
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

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Mark Ford (Introduction by), Mark Ford (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780140435122
Availability: Special Order - Not Available for Web Order
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)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780441007318
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Published: Ace - July 1st, 2000

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION—WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY DAVID MITCHELL AND A NEW AFTERWORD BY CHARLIE JANE ANDERS

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


Carmilla Cover Image
$12.00
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)
$15.95
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
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

New York Times Bestseller


The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel Cover Image
$16.00
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. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available.


Machines in the Head: Selected Stories Cover Image
$15.95
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)
$9.00
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
$17.00
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)
$19.00
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.


Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

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


Crime and Punishment: Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679734505
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 1993

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


Macbeth (The Pelican Shakespeare) Cover Image
By William Shakespeare, Stephen Orgel (Editor), Stephen Orgel (Introduction by), Stephen Orgel (Series edited by), A. R. Braunmuller (Series edited by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780143128564
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 29th, 2016

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