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, March 3, 2021: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Wednesday, April 7, 2021: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nora Jacobs
Wednesday, May 5, 2021: West with GIraffes by Lynda Rutledge
Wednesday, June 2, 2021: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Wednesday, July 7, 2021: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Wednesday, August 4, 2021: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Wednesday, September 1, 2021: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Previous Selections
February 2021: Haben by Haben Girma
January 2021: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
December 2020: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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

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Rebecca Cover Image
ISBN: 9780380730407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

Now a Netflix film starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, and Kristin Scott Thomas

"Last Night I Dreamt I went to Manderley Again..."

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And Then There Were None Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062073471
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 18th, 2011

"If you’re one of the few who haven’t experienced the genius of Agatha Christie, this novel is a stellar starting point." — DAVID BALDACCI, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author


My Beloved World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804839
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Published: Vintage - January 7th, 2014

A “searching and emotionally intimate memoir” (The New York Times) told with a candor never before undertaken by a sitting Justice. This “powerful defense of empathy” (The Washington Post) is destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery.

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Bossypants Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316056878
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 3rd, 2012

Spirited and whip-smart, these laugh-out-loud autobiographical essays are "a masterpiece" from the Emmy Award-winning actress and comedy writer known for 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and SNL" (Sunday Telegraph).

West with Giraffes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542023344
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - February 1st, 2021

An emotional, rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America.

"Few true friends have I known and two were giraffes..."

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501175138
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Published: Atria Books - December 4th, 2018

*Wall Street Journal’s “Mysteries: Best of 2018”
*Book of the Month Club Selection
*Edgar Award Nominee: Best First Novel by an American Author

A “hugely entertaining” (Wall Street Journal) mystery starring “a Royal Tenenbaums-esque clan of geniuses” (Martha Stewart Living)—perfect

Gilead: A Novel Cover Image
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
ISBN: 9781538728734
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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
ISBN: 9780062684738
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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
ISBN: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 8th, 2014


50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany Cover Image
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
ISBN: 9780143121169
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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
ISBN: 9780525434030
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Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020



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
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
ISBN: 9781492650959
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

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