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We are passionate book lovers with an affinity for classic fiction. But we don't just read dry texts by old, dead white guys. We explore well-loved works from all over the world, books that remind us why they were so vital in the first place and why they remain such important parts of our literary culture. The people are friendly and intelligent, the discussion is lively, and we are always looking for like-minded readers who love to think and talk.

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“The Moonstone” by Wilkie Collins

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“The Moonstone,” published in 1868, is considered the first detective novel and established many of the ground rules of detective novels to come. Along with “The Woman in White,” this is one of Wilkie Collins’s best-known books. It centers around the theft of an ill-omened diamond and uses elements of the infamous Constance Kent murder case in the telling. We read “The Woman in White” here years ago, and if “The Moonstone” is anywhere near as good, this’ll be a fun read.

“The Saga of Gosta Berling” by Selma Lagerlof

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The first novel by the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, “The Saga of Gosta Berling,” also called “Gosta Berling’s Saga,” is sometimes called the Swedish “Gone With the Wind.” It’s the story of a defrocked priest who is saved from freezing to death by the owner of a local estate and housed in the pensioners’ wing of the mansion. Lagerlof wrote this romantic novel as a reaction against the realism that was prevalent in literature at the time, using elements of what could be called magical realism.

“No Longer Human” by Osamu Dazai

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This 1948 novel is Japan’s second-biggest bestseller ever. Dazai’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece was his last, and focuses on the efforts of an alienated young man to fit into the world around him. Fair warning: this is not an uplifting book. It focuses on themes of social alienation, depression, suicide, all issues in Dazai’s life; in fact, some consider this to be Dazai’s “will,” as he died by suicide not long after it was published. However, Dazai is considered one of Japan’s most important writers, and I think “No Longer Human” will be well worth the read.

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“So Big” by Edna Ferber

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