Towne Book Center Book Club

Also known as “THE” Book Club, and “The Original” Book Club, the TBC Book Club has been meeting since our Trappe days, starting over 16 years ago! Former staff member Pam and her side kick, long time staff member Mary, run the original book club and longtime customers refer to the book club as “Mary’s Book Club.” They read a variety of fiction and nonfiction books across many genres, and most of their selections have been New York Times and Indie Bestsellers. The members of the book club all submit books to be voted on by the group as a whole to determine reading selections and the group averages 20 people per meeting. The TBC Book Club also frequently hosts the authors of some of their selections.

TBC Book Club meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7pm.

Upcoming Meetings and Selections
Wednesday, December 2, 2020: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Wednesday, January 6, 2021: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Wednesday, February 3, 2021: Haben by Haben Girma
Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Previous Selections
November 2020: 50 Children by Steven Pressman
October 2020: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
September 2020: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
August 2020: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
July 2020: Radium Girls by Kate Moore
June 2020: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
May 2020: Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
April 2020: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
March 2020: The Overstory by Richard Powers
February 2020: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
January 2020: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu
December 2019: My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Gilead: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250784018
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2020

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by Marilynne Robinson, one of our finest writers--a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that Reverend Ames loves passionately, and from which he will soon part.


Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538728734
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Twelve - August 11th, 2020

"This autobiography by a millennial Helen Keller teems with grace and grit." -- O, The Oprah Magazine

"A profoundly important memoir." -- The Times


Unsheltered: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062684738
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - October 15th, 2019

A New York Times Bestseller

Named one of the Best Books of the Year (2018) by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812979329
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 8th, 2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE


50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062237484
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 5th, 2015

Two Ordinary Americans.
Fifty Innocent Lives.
One Unforgettable Journey.

In early 1939, few Americans were thinking about the darkening storm clouds over Europe. Nor did they have much sympathy for the growing number of Jewish families who were increasingly threatened and brutalized by Adolf Hitler's policies in Germany and Austria.


Rules of Civility: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121169
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

From the New York Times-bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow, a “sharply stylish” (Boston Globe) book about a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society—now with over one million readers worldwide


Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525434030
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Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020

An Instant NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A LOS ANGELES TIMES, BOSTON GLOBE, WALL STREET JOURNAL, and NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER

Named A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by *Elle * Vanity Fair * Wired * Real Simple * Kirkus Reviews * BookPage *


 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060736262
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 6th, 2018

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

A special 75th anniversary edition of the beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century.


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492650959
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

A New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts Bestseller


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed


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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador - April 4th, 2017

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St. Luke.


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Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425284704
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2019

THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—Over two million copies sold! A New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Look for Lisa Wingate’s powerful new historical novel, The Book of Lost Friends, available now!


The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
Winner of the William Dean Howells Medal
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Over One Year on the New York Times Bestseller List
A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of t


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The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062467256
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 20th, 2016

Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after?


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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735217737
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

NAMED A TOP 10 BOOK OF 2018 BY NPR and THE WASHINGTON POST
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN CURRENT INTEREST
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NONFICTION AWARD


My Own Words Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501145254
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2018

The New York Times bestselling book from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—“a comprehensive look inside her brilliantly analytical, entertainingly wry mind, revealing the fascinating life of one of our generation's most influential voices in both law and public opinion” (Harper’s Bazaar).

My Own Words “showcases Ruth Ginsburg