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Greetings. There is hardly anything I enjoy more than to read a good book and discuss it among thoughtful individuals! How about you?

Please join if you are interested in being an active participant in a book club focused **exclusively** on classic literature, primarily shown on the following lists below, which has stood the test of time. If you're not interested in classic lit there won't be a match with this group.  The good news is that Meet Up has lots of other book clubs.  ;-]

Some of us have belonged to book clubs previously that were dedicated initially to these lists, but either veered off into other more contemporary selections (some of which have not, arguably, stood the test of time), or became more social and significantly less focused on the books. That's nice, and good social interaction is key to a happy group, but let's maintain the focus on the books.

So, we're seeking good conversationalists who are also good listeners, know how to give and take, share thoughts politely -- without dominating a discussion.

All backgrounds are welcome concerning ages, gender, orientation, ethnicity, etc.

Let us know if you can meet on the Fourth Tuesday monthly at about 6.30pm for an hour or so?  The location will be on Van Ness Avenue near City Hall.

Sign up to learn more details - including the actual meeting location (and about a 15% membership discount on books).

Thank you for considering this opportunity,

Mark (the organizer)

UPDATE (6/29/16) -- our reading list through January 2017:

NOTE NEW "FOURTH TUESDAYS" BOOKS INC OPERA PLAZA LOCATION BEGINNING TUE. JUNE 28, 2016 (old location Books Inc on Market Street closing permanently as of mid-June 2016):

7/26 – CANCELED / NO MEETING

823 – A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

9/27 – The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

10/25 – Another Country by James Baldwin

11/22 – A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

1/3 – Suttree by Cormac McCarthy [NOTE - NO "4TH TUE" MTG IN DEC...moved to Jan. 3]

1/24 – Miss Lonely Hearts by Nathaniel West


Our source lists...

http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,1951793,00.html

http://home.comcast.net/~antaylor1/waterstones100.html

Previous books read by the group, for reference (partial list):

- The Plague by Albert Camus

- A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

- Dead Souls by Gogol

-  Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

- A Death in the Family by James Agee

- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

-  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

- A Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert 

- The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 

 - Alexandria Quartet Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell

- Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

-  A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

- Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

- Middlemarch by George Eliot

- Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

- Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

- Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- East of Eden by John Steinbeck

- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

- All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren

- Mountolive (Alexandria Quartet #3) by Lawrence Durrell

- Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

- Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

- The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

- Le Père Goriot (or "Old Man Goriot") by Honoré de Balzac

- The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

- Emma by Jane Austen

- Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

- "Three Novels" by Samuel Beckett - book includes Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable (sic)

- Beloved by Toni Morrison

- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

- Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- Bleak House by Charles Dickens

- Native Son by Richard Wright

- A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

- Ironweed by William Kennedy

- Proust's In Search of Lost Time, Volume I only -- called "Swann's Way" (Modern Library version)

- Atonement by Ian McEwan

- Moby Dick and Billy Budd by Herman Melville

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