"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!
January 15 · 6:00 PM
Austen: Lady Susan
“Facts are such horrid things!” --from Lady Susan
Lady Susan might be one of the cleverest and most fun-to-be-around "villainesses" in all of literature. If you thought... Learn more
Dec 11, 2016 · 7:00 PM
A Give-and-Take Bookish Party
And just like that, we're at the end of another year. And what a year it has been! More than ever, I'm looking forward to our annual exchange--of books, ideas, or that... Learn more
Nov 20, 2016 · 6:00 PM
Baldwin: Giovanni's Room
“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”--from Giovanni's Room
James Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained... Learn more
Oct 30, 2016 · 6:00 PM
Chekhov: Uncle Vanya
“There is no greater sorrow than to know another's secret when you cannot help them.” --from Uncle Vanya
What, you've never lived on a Russian farm translating books for... Learn more
Oct 2, 2016 · 6:00 PM
Spark: The Girls of Slender Means
"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark's rapier-witted portrait of a... Learn more