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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March 2009--The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath

Few writers have so darkly glamorous a reputation as Sylvia Plath: young, brilliant, fiercely talented, beautiful, a little crazy, and ultimately a suicide for love. The cynical might say that her death inflated her reputation. It's been known to happen. But there's undeniable power in her dark, sometimes cryptic poetry. The Bell Jar, a short autobiographical novel published shortly before her death, has the same emotional intensity in a clearer, more accessible voice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm happy to have found this blog! I've read the Bell Jar, but I have ALWAYS wanted to read the Razor's Edge. So thanks for the reminder and keep the recommendations coming!