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.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

April 2009--Good-bye to All That

by Robert Graves

Before he was a famous poet, translator, and novelist (the author of I, Claudius), Robert Graves was an infantry officer on the Western Front in World War I, and took part in some of the most horrific battles of the war. This memoir is one of the essential accounts of the conflict. But it's also an artful, understated masterpiece, full of irony and thoughtful digression; a poignant testament to the destruction of a generation and a way of life.

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