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Tower: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
“He'd tell me love was like the chicken pox, a thing to get through early because it could really kill you in your later years.” ―from "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned" Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. Teenage cousins, drugged by summer, meet with a reckoning in the woods. Wells Tower's version of America is touched with the seamy splendor of the dropout, the misfit: failed inventors, boozy dreamers, hapless fathers, wayward sons. With electric prose and savage wit, "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned" is a profound collection of stories. “Wells Tower's stories are written, thrillingly, in authentic American vernacular―violent, funny, bleak, and beautiful. You need to read them, now.” ―Michael Chabon We will read and discuss the following stories: Retreat Leopard Wild America On the Show Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

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    "Outside of a dog, a book is woman's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." —Groucho Marx

    “The person who doesn’t read lives only one life. The reader lives 5,000. Reading is immortality backwards.”

    —Umberto Ecco

    So, how many lives do you wish to live? I admit it, I am greedy when it comes to living. I want to live far, wide, deep, and beyond. Yet, I'm sure I'm not the only one who gave many a classic book a pass while growing up. Perhaps you recall your teachers trying to persuade you about the literary currency these works hold. Did they mention untold pleasure? (Why did they always neglect to say that?) Anyway, my favorite reason for reading and re-reading the 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, Persuasion, 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 (

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