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Join a virtual book club

Join a book club from home. The Classics Made Modern book group meets on Zoom and connects together in a Facebook group! If you haven't ever read a classic that wasn't assigned – we're going to make this fun. If you love reading but are looking for something a bit different – try one of these titles! Here are the basics:

  • online chatWe meet on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3 pm in a Zoom video chat to discuss the book "face-to-face!"
  • All of the books are available digitally from home -- as ebooks or audiobooks through Hoopla.
  • Follow along in the library's Facebook group for this discussion as we share quotes, memes, historical context, modern takes, factoids about the author's personal life, strong opinions about the movie versions, and trivia!
  • Background information on each title and author is shared in advance via email.
  • For help with Hoopla, Zoom, or any questions, email classicsmodern@tscpl.org.

Upcoming Book Discussions

Read the ebook or listen to the audiobook, then join the discussion on Zoom.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald | Wed, Feb 28 | 2-3pm

The year is 1922, and young Nick Carraway moves to the village of West Egg, where he discovers that his neighbor is the eclectic millionaire Jay Gatsby. As he and Gatsby become acquainted, Nick is thrown into a world full of dazzling parties, unrequited love, and unchecked idealism. Gatsby, surrounded by riches, yearns for the love of a woman who chose another man. He waits for her every night, using a green light at the end of his dock to call out to her from across the water. Daisy, stuck in a loveless marriage, dreams of what could have been-and gets a taste for it after she is re-acquainted with Gatsby through Nick.

Considered by critics to be one of the greatest novels ever written, this 1925 masterpiece is a portrait of the Roaring Twenties that's full of literary intrigue, resounding metaphors, and decadent glimpses into the glitz and glam of early twentieth-century America. As relevant today as ever, it offers a cautionary tale of the American Dream, warning against the temptation to believe that enough money paired with a equal desire can achieve anything-even reverse the deepest regrets.

Read the ebook or download the audiobook from Hoopla. Physical copies of the book, and multiple movie versions are also available from the library.

Read 165 pages or listen to 5.5 hours in audiobook.

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver | Wed, March 27 | 2-3pm

Demon CopperheadWINNER of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Demon Copperhead is set in the mountains of southern Appalachia. It's the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father's good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. In a plot that never pauses for breath, relayed in his own unsparing voice, he braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Read the ebook or download the audiobook from Hoopla. Physical copies of the book are also available from the library.

Read 560 pages or listen to 21 hours in audiobook.

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers | Wed, April 24 | 2-3pm

Ninety-year-old General Fentiman was definitely dead, but no one knew exactly when he had died—and the time of death was the determining factor in a half-million-pound inheritance. Lord Peter Wimsey would need every bit of his amazing skills to unravel the mystery.

Read the ebook or listen to the audiobook on Hoopla or check availability on physical items from the library.

Read 220 pages or listen to the audiobook. (Audiobook recording is anticipated in 2024 once the title enters the public domain.)

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov | Wed, May 22 | 2-3pm

The Cherry Orchard is one of the best-known plays by the prolific Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. He described the play as a comedy, with some elements of farce, though Stanislavski treated it as a tragedy. Since its first production, directors have contended with its dual nature.

The play concerns an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. Unresponsive to offers to save the estate, she allows its sale to the son of a former serf. The story presents themes of cultural futility – both the futile attempts of the aristocracy to maintain its status and of the bourgeoisie to find meaning in its newfound materialism. It dramatizes the rise of the middle class after the abolition of serfdom in the mid-19th century and the decline of the power of the aristocracy.

Read the ebook or listen to the theatrical audiobook on Hoopla or check availability on physical items including DVD movie versions from the library.

Read the Tom Stoppard version of the play on Hoopla

Read about 100 pages or listen to 2 hours in theatrical audiobook from L.A. Theatre Works on Hoopla.

 

YOU are invited to this book group

We've got options to make this work for everyone! If you aren't sure about this whole reading classics idea – check it out to see if any of these books or stories interest you!

 
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