"Outside of a dog, a book is woman's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." — Groucho Marx

I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who gave many a classic book a pass while growing up. Yet our teachers were right: there is a literary currency that these works provide. Did they mention untold pleasure? I can't recall. However, my favorite reason for reading and re-reading classics is this: "A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."(Thank you, Italo Calvino.)

This book club is your chance to sit down and finally read Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, Pride and Prejudice, and also those somewhat forgotten classics and even recent works of similar resonance. The books can span any time period or place, and our reading list is forever growing and expanding based on your suggestions.

For a list of books we have read, and books we wish to read, see here: http://www.meetup.com/classicbooks/about

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  • February 22 · 6:00 PM

    Austen: Persuasion

    3 Book Club Readers | 5.00

    Note change of date to February 22th. “My idea of good company...is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I... Learn more
  • January 25 · 6:00 PM

    Cummings: The Enormous Room

    6 Book Club Readers

    In 1917 young Edward Estlin Cummings went to France as a volunteer with a Red Cross ambulance unit on the western front. But his free-spirited, insubordinate ways soon... Learn more
  • January 4 · 6:00 PM

    Boccaccio: The Decameron (Day 1, First Story)

    8 Book Club Readers | 5.00

    The Decameron (c.1351) was written in the wake of the Black Death, a shattering epidemic which had shaken Florence's confident entrepreneurial society to its core. In a... Learn more
  • December 21, 2014 · 6:00 PM

    Book Party: Giving and Taking

    12 Book Club Readers | 4.50

    It is time yet again for one of our most fun traditions: gift giving (and taking, of course!) However, I'm adding a twist: think of this as a mash-up between a book swap... Learn more
  • December 7, 2014 · 6:00 PM

    Pushkin: Eugene Onegin

    7 Book Club Readers | 5.00

    Passion, pistols, poetry...Pushkin's story of thwarted love is pretty explosive. Though much quiet implosion also happens in the interior of his characters. Set in... Learn more
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  • Arlinda S. founded Classic Books: A Book Club for Voracious Readers

    on June 4

Founded Jun 4, 2007

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