"Outside of a dog, a book is woman's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." — Groucho Marx
“I read to be taken out of myself, to become ecstatic.” —Henry Miller
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 these works offer. Did they mention untold pleasure? 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 or 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, please visit here.
Welcome, Cambridge Book Club Readers!
February 14 · 6:00 PM
Mashup: Borges' Shakespeare's Memory + Hemon's Mapping Home
If you're new to the group, you are about to be initiated into our mashups--our reading and discussion of two seemingly unrelated stories that have a way of bleeding... Learn more
January 31 · 6:00 PM
Anderson: Winesburg, Ohio
“There is something memorable in the experience to be had by going to a fair ground that stands at the edge of a Middle Western town on a night after the annual fair has... Learn more
January 10 · 6:00 PM
Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
"Men from children nothing differ." --from Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare... Learn more
Dec 11, 2015 · 1:00 PM
Literary Salon at the Gardner Museum
This coming Friday, between 1 pm - 3 pm, I will be hosting a literary salon at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It is part of artist Lee Mingwei's ongoing project... Learn more
Dec 6, 2015 · 6:00 PM
A Give-and-Take Book Party
It is time yet again for one of our fun traditions: gift giving (and taking, of course!) Think of this as a mashup between a book swap and a reading.
Let me demystify it... Learn more