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.

Friday, November 21, 2008

November 2008--The Warden

by Anthony Trollope

Tradition and idealism clash in the first volume of the celebrated Barsetshire Chronicles, one of the great achievements of Victorian fiction. A young reformer attempts to shake up the comfortable cronyism of a provincial city's religious establishment, but his campaign is complicated by the fact that he's in love with the daughter of the cleric he's targeted. Trollope combines the wit of Jane Austen and the conscience of George Eliot to create a novel that's colorful, sweet, and wise.

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