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High school classics were a bore for many. But are they now as an adult? In this book club, we will revisit high school classics, read them with a critical lens to see how they apply to our current world and lives. Do they still hold up to the test of time? Let's meet and discuss to find out!

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Let's discuss "A Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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For January, let's discuss "A Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature.

First published as a book in 1905. It is an expanded version of the short story "Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's", which was serialized in St. Nicholas Magazine from December 1887, and published in book form in 1888. According to Burnett, after she composed the 1902 play A Little Un-fairy Princess based on that story, her publisher asked that she expand the story as a novel with "the things and people that had been left out before".

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Let's read and discuss "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas

In addition to our monthly classics, we will be meeting quarterly to discuss longer classic books. The next is scheduled for middle of March and will be "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas.

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure story that takes place during the historical events of 1815 to 1838. This piece tells the tale of a man who seeks revenge after his escape from prison and deals with the central themes of vengeance, justice, forgiveness, and mercy.

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.

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Past events (21)

Let's discuss "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger

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