Book Club, Book List

Upcoming Book Club Books October

While we’re operating on limited hours, our book clubs are still meeting virtually. Click on the header for each one to be directed to it’s page on our website, and contact our manager, Sarah, at sarahtownebc@gmail.com if you see one you’d like to join and she’ll give you moderator’s information!

Each book club book is offered at a 15% discount, use coupon code BOOK15CLUB at checkout to receive the book club discount! The button below will take you to all the book clubs, the book club header’s to that book club’s page, and the covers to that particular book’s page.

This book club is unique in that all of the selections are from the Workman publication of the same title. While every selection comes from the book or annual calendar, members vote on which titles to read and the selections range from classics to contemporary nonfiction! There’s sure to be something to suit every reader!
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm and below are some upcoming selections!

Monday, October 18th at 7pm

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

Acclaimed author Susan Wilson brings us a touching yet unblinkingly authentic tale of loss and rediscovery, of true friendship and learning what’s truly important in life.

One note. Three words. And Adam March’s well-ordered life and well-laid plans are shattered.

The very definition of a hard-nosed businessman, Adam March has no room in his life for anything but the cold drive to succeed. Not for his social-climbing wife or for his rebellious teenage daughter. Then, in an instant, he loses everything. Due to an untimely collision of arrogance, stress, circumstance, and a momentary loss of self-control, Adam finds himself alone, unemployed, and reduced to bussing tables in a homeless shelter, serving men he’d always gone out of his way to avoid.

One instant of opportunity. Enough for one dog to find his freedom.

Chance was born in an inner-city cellar, a mix of pit bull and God-knows-what. Bred to fight, and damn good at it, he lived in a dank, dark, and vicious world. Not that he wished for something better; that world was all he knew. But when the moment presented itself, Chance made the most of it in a new life on the street, for a little while.

Two lives. Two second chances.

Thrown together, Adam and Chance fill the holes in each other’s lives. Adam gives Chance his first real home, a haven he never could have imagined, while Chance gives Adam a new start. And a new heart.

That’s One Good Dog.

The Classics Book Club has been meeting at Towne since the mid-2010s and is led by longtime Towne customer Kathy. The club reads just as the name would suggest – the classics! Anything from Austen to Zola is included in the selections and books are voted on by the members of the book club.
Classics Book Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm and below are some upcoming selections.

Tuesday, October 26th at 7pm

Dream of the Red Chamber by Tsao Husen-Chin

The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature.

Divided into five volumes, The Story of the Stone charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia family. This novel re-creates the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life that would otherwise be lost and infuses it with affirming Buddhist belief.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Literary Fiction Book Club has been meeting at Towne since the mid-2010s and is led by longtime Towne customer Kathy. The Literary Fiction Book Club reads exclusively fiction but across a variety of subgenres and most of the club’s selections have won prestigious literary awards and some have been New York Times and Indie Bestsellers. Selections are voted on by members of the group as a whole.
Literary Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm and upcoming selections are featured below!

Thursday, October 14th at 7pm

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

It’s a daunting effort to recast an ancient tale, but classics scholar Miller proves that she is worthy of the task with this finely wrought debut grafted from the historical root of the Trojan War. By focusing on Achilles’ near-fatherly love for Patroclus, we see an intimate side of the great Achilles, long overshadowed by Homer’s portrayal of his exploits in war and his ‘great rage’ against the Trojans. Miller’s homage to The Iliad is sharp and strengthened by her knowledge and exquisite prose.

Robert A. Geake, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

A thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War from the bestselling author of Circe

A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

The Nonfiction Book Club was the first to join our new selection of book clubs in early 2019 and this group reads exclusively nonfiction, but across many genres. From history and science to nature and biography, they read it all! The Nonfiction Book Club is led by Towne manager Sarah and she would love for you to stop by and join in on their discussions!
Nonfiction Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm and will be meeting virtually.

Wednesday, November 3rd at 7pm

A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

A never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine.

In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.”

The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill’s “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and–despite her prosthetic leg–helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it.

Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.

Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall–an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman’s fierce persistence helped win the war.

The Rainbow Reads Book Club is another 2019 addition to our book club offerings and is led by Towne customer Emma. All the selections for the Rainbow Reads Book Club feature protagonists who are members of the LGBTQ+ community. For the time being as the group continues to grow, each month’s selection is picked by Emma and she’s done a FABULOUS job thus far!
Rainbow Reads Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7pm and upcoming selections are featured below!

Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here–it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

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