As booksellers, we often overhear customers lamenting that they've always meant to read “that other Jane Austen novel,” or Graham Greene, or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but just never found the time. We've tried to remedy that with our Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club by providing motivation and a welcoming space to share your thoughts.

In choosing our ‘classics’ over the past few years, we've tried to select titles that had some visibility among readers, but were not necessarily included in the standard high school English class. We've also sampled a range of genres, from mystery (The Long Goodbye) to comedy (Cold Comfort Farm) to stream-of-consciousness (To the Lighthouse). So, whether our picks are already gathering dust on your bookshelves or this is your first encounter with the literary canon, we encourage you to join us on the last Wednesday evening of every month for conversation about the classics.

Monday, July 30, 2007

January 2007--Sense & Sensibility

by Jane Austen

Austen’s first novel may be less widely read than Pride & Prejudice, but is no less satisfying; perhaps even a bit more because its heroines are so endearingly flawed. When they are left without a home after the death of their father, Marianne & Elinor Dashwood must make a new life with their mother and younger sister in more modest surroundings. The tempestuous Marianne is a poetry-quoting free spirit who falls in love with the handsome, seemingly perfect Mr. Willoughby, while the wise and restrained Elinor becomes deeply attached to a man whose family disapproves of her inferior social status. Both sisters must navigate the expectations and obstacles of 19th-century England as they struggle to find their place in the world.


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