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, September 4, 2009

September 2009--The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

by John Le Carre

A brilliant, subtly layered examination of the Cold War espionage game in all its amoral complexity. George Smiley, the quietly ruthless spymaster, uses a ruined British agent to run a daring operation against the kingpin of East Germany intelligence. Reversals and betrayals lurk around every corner of a relentlessly tense narrative. With this book, Le Carre captured the essence of the Cold War and took the espionage novel to a new level of seriousness.

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