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If you would like to read those books that you feel you ought to have read but have never gotten around to, then this is the group for you. Book selections are chosen from all editions of "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die," edited by Peter Boxall. That means a master list of nearly 1300 books that is a mixture of classics and influential works across many genres, from the 1600s-2000s.

We try to have two meetings per month, typically every other Sunday. The group includes old members, new members and visitors. If you want to try us out, we typically see at least one new person each time, so this is definitely not a closed group and we are in the habit of welcoming new voices.

What can you expect? We vary our format occasionally, but most often we go around the room once and give people space to express their thoughts without too much interruption. And, then we break into open conversation, digging deeper into themes and the work itself. Those book clubs where everyone comes and has a glass of red wine and no one has read the book? Yeah, that's not us. We love to read and think and converse about what we've read. Come often enough and you'll get to choose a book in the coming year to host!

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The Master by Colm Toibin

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A novel about novelist Henry James. From Goodreads: “Colm Tóibín’s beautiful, subtle illumination of Henry James’s inner life” (The New York Times) captures the loneliness and hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably fail those he tried to love. Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America’s first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers. With stunningly resonant prose, “The Master is unquestionably the work of a first-rate novelist: artful, moving, and very beautiful” (The New York Times Book Review). The emotional intensity of this portrait is riveting. (less)

Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz

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Take a journey to Egypt in the 1940s, where Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz’s novel, Midaq Alley, spotlights a hustling, teeming back alley of Cairo. Meet Zaita the maimer-for-a-fee; Kirsha the hedonistic cafe owner; Abbas the barber who mistakes greed for love; Hamida who sells her soul to escape the alley; and an array of waiters and widows, politicians, pimps, and poets. This portrait of one small street serves as a microcosm of the quest for freedom and modernity in a country still scarred by the brutalities of colonialism.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth. But the sisters' campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe's darkest history and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget. -From Goodreads.com

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector

Aficionados of South American fiction as well as literary critics will welcome this posthumous translation of a nearly plotless novel by one of Brazil's foremost writers. Availing herself of a single character, Lispector transforms a banal situation—a woman at home, alone—into an amphitheater for philosophical investigations. The first-person narration jousts with language, playfully but forcefully examining the ambiguous nature of words, with results ranging from the profound to the pretentious. -from Goodreads.com

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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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