Classics Book Club

The goal of Classics Book Club is to finally tackle books that we should have read in high school or college but didn't, or that we have always been curious about or intimidated by, but never tried to read. 

With library resources, patrons have access to a variety of academic journals and scholarly information about Classics authors and their publications, which we will get the opportunity to utilize as a group to better our understanding of more difficult concepts or different eras presented in the stories we read.

This club encourages drop-ins from patrons who have previously read any of the texts, but is primarily meant to encourage reading new and challenging work together in a non-judgemental environment.

Classics Book Club is open to all ages, reading levels, and reading preferences. Please come prepared to discuss the texts and supplementary reading provided at the start of the month. We will meet bi-monthly. View upcoming themes and books on our event calendar.

Please register here to get on the mailing list for book pick-up, resources, and further information about Classics Book Club meetings. 

Audience

Past Selections

Book cover of wuthering heights by Emily Bronte.
 

This is the story of the savage, tormented foundling Heathcliff, who falls wildly in love with Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of his benefactor, and the violence and misery that result from their thwarted longing for each other. A book of great power and strength, it is filled with the raw beauty of the moors and an uncanny understanding of the terrible truths about men and women. It is an understanding made even more extraordinary by the fact that it came from the heart of a woman who lived most of her brief life in the remote wildness of the moors.

Red cover with gold leaf detailing of a top hat and holly leaves, text reads a christmas carol by charles dickens.
 

Join us in December for the Victorian Literature and the Romantic Revolt/ Holiday Classics Book Club. This month we will read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or possibly another Dickens if the group sees fit.

A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.

Nude man version of Frankenstein with text reading Frankenstein by mary shelley.
 

Join us in the Dunaway Community Room for the Mother of Science Fiction, Romanticism, and the Gothic/ Halloween Classics Book Club.

This month we will read Frankenstein or A Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. 

The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of Frankenstein. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship ... and horror.

Beloved by Toni Morrison Cover
 

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story ... read it and tremble. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyone's future.

Crime and Punishment Cover
 

Published to great acclaim and fierce controversy in 1866, Fyodor Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment has left an indelible mark on global literature and our modern world, and is still known worldwide as the quintessential Russian novel. Readers of all backgrounds have debated its historical, cultural, and spiritual dimensions, probing the moral and ethical dilemmas that Dostoevsky so brilliantly stages throughout his narrative. Yet, at its heart, this masterpiece of literary realism is ultimately an immersive tale of passion and redemptionindeed, "the best of all murder stories" (Harold Bloom), "most perfect in pacing and structure. There is no more gripping novel in the world" (Michael Dirda).Now, acclaimed translator Michael R. Katz breathes fresh life into this ageless classic in a sparkling new translation, with novel insights into the linguistic richness, subtle tones, and cunning humor of Dostoevskys magnum opus. Embracing the complex linguistic blend inherent in modern literary Russian that has provided an exceptionally fertile source of images and diction for Russian writers since the time of Pushkin, Katz recaptures the richness of tone and register of the novels most poignant and significant passages. Sensitive to this linguistic mosaic, Katz ably recreates the feeling of the original Russian for the English reader, allowing the text to evoke the same stirring emotional responses as the author intended.With its searing and unique portrayal of the labyrinthine universe of nineteenth-century Russia, this masterful rendering of Crime and Punishment will be the translation of choice for years to come.

Wordsworth Classic Edition book covers of The Secret Garden and The Little Prince
 

The goal of Classics Book Club is to finally tackle books that we should have read in high school or college but didn't, or that we have always been curious about or intimidated by, but never tried to read. 

We are open to all ages, reading levels, and reading preferences and meet bi-monthly starting Friday, April 28 at 5:00pm. 

Our first meeting will be a soft-start to Classical literature with two children's books that have been beloved by all ages for generations. 

Please register here to get on the mailing list for book pick-up, resources, and further information about Classics Book Club meetings. 

Learn more about our full schedule here...