Classic Book Club

Meeting Date:  second Tuesday of each month

Time:  6:00 p.m.     

Place:  Watermark Cafe

Leader:  Shirley Wells

This group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the cafe or basement--wherever there's room--to discuss classic works by great authors—modern classics as well as the old gems.  Retired English-teacher-turned-Watermark-bookseller Shirley Wells will be leading the discussions. And be sure to "Like" us on our Facebook page--Watermark Classic Book Club   

A Short Introduction to Classic Book Club:

1. What book has been your group's favorite selection this past year?  Why?  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker were the top two choices.  Both books surprised us with their originality and depth.  And they show the range of classics that we read as well--one published in 1848 and the other in 1962.

2. How would you describe your book club to a prospective member?  The Classic Book Club reads books that are considered "classics"--ones that have withstood the test of time, whether that time period is over 200 years or 30 years. We especially love discovering "forgotten classics" and finally reading those books that have been on our To-Be-Read List.  A new visitor to the Classic Book Club can expect both light-hearted and serious discussions of that month's selection, as well as lots of laugher, conviviality, and "what else are you reading?" conversations.

See what we're reading this quarter as listed below. To see an archived list of our past reading selections, click HERE.

The Day of the Locust Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811224611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 28th, 2015

November 12, 2019:  The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West


My Family and Other Animals Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142004418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2004

December 10, 2019:  My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

January 14, 2020:  The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison


Dubliners: Centennial Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By James Joyce, Colum McCann (Foreword by), Terence Brown (Introduction by), Terence Brown (Notes by), Roman Muradov (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143107453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2014

February 11, 2020:  Dubliners by James Joyce


The Odyssey Cover Image
By Homer, Emily Wilson (Translator)
ISBN: 9780393356250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 6th, 2018

March 10, 2020:  The Odyssey by Homer (Emily Wilson, translator) Books 1-10

April 14, 2002:  The Odyssey by Homer (Emily Wilson, translator)  Books 11-24


The Return of the Native Cover Image
By Thomas Hardy, Tony Slade (Editor)
ISBN: 9780140435184
Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock. Usually Ships in 3-5 Days.
Published: Penguin Classics - August 1st, 1999

May 12, 2020:  The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy