"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!
2 days ago · 6:00 PM
Leskov: The Enchanted Wanderer
Ever heard of Leskov? It turns out, just when you thought you had caught up with all the great dead Russians, they dig up a fresh one. Without him, we might not have had... Learn more
May 1 · 6:00 PM
Burgess: A Clockwork Orange
“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” ―from A Clockwork Orange
A vicious fifteen-year-old "droog" is the central character of this 1963... Learn more
April 17 · 6:00 PM
Mashup: Sedaris vs. Sedaris
Davis Sedaris is a scream. He has the distinction of being one of the two writers who make me laugh out loud--consistently, no matter where I happen to be. The other is... Learn more
April 3 · 6:00 PM
Yourcenar: Memoirs of Hadrian
“The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books, and to a lesser degree schools.”--from... Learn more
March 13 · 6:00 PM
Pessoa: The Book of Disquiet + Poetry
“Each of us is several, is many, is a profusion of selves. So that the self who disdains his surroundings is not the same as the self who suffers or takes joy in them.... Learn more