2014 Classics Made Modern eBook Discussion

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.  ~Clifton Fadiman

Embrace your ereader and download free classic literature to read and discuss with others.

Classics Made Modern eBook Discussion

  • Read the free ebook
  • Discuss in person on the 2nd Monday of each month from 1:30-3pm
  • Get more out of your experience with a quick overview presented at book group, including: author bio, historical context, pop culture trivia, memorable characters, the critics take, and quotes

Yes, you can still read a traditional book, listen to an audiobook, or even watch the movie version!

All discussions led by Lissa Staley, 785-580-4400 or estaley@tscpl.org.

 2014 Schedule of Books for Discussion

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  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is a 1915 novella about a traveling salesman who is transformed into a large insect-like creature. He attempts to adjust to his new condition even as his family is repulsed by what he has become. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Jan 13 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Lysistrata by Aristophanes was originally performed in classical Athens as a comic account of one woman’s mission to end The Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sex from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Feb 10 1:30–3:00 pm
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920) examines the lives and morality of post-World War I youth. Amory Blaine is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature. The novel explores the theme of love warped by greed and status-seeking. Marvin Auditorium 101C Mon  Mar 10 1:30–3:00 pm
  • The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather was written in 1915. The self-portrait of an artist in the making begins in the 1890’s in a fictional Colorado town with an ambitious young heroine who goes to the big city to pursue her pianist and vocal arts dreams. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Apr 14 1:30–3:00 pm
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton  is a 1911 novel set in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts where a lonely farmer tends to his demanding, ungrateful wife. When his wife’s cousin arrives to help, they find hope and love together, but their fate is doomed. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  May 12 1:30–3:00 pm
  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is a British epistolary novel originally serialized in 1868. The story about a stolen diamond is considered the first detective novel in the English language, and also reflects enlightened attitudes in the treatment of servants. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Jun 9 1:30–3:00 pm
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894) collects fables which use animals in an anthropomorphic manner to give moral lessons, including tales of an abandoned “man cub” Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. Each story is preceded and succeeded by a piece of verse. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Jul 14 1:30–3:00 pm
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman was revised from 1855 until his death in 1892. Poems include “Song of Myself”, “I Sing the Body Electric”, “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking”, and an elegy to the assassinated President Lincoln, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Aug 11 1:30–3:00 pm
  • Night and Day by Virginia Woolf is a 1919 novel set in Edwardian London which contrasts the daily lives and romantic attachments of two acquaintances, and deals with issues concerning women’s suffrage, if love and marriage can coexist, and if marriage is necessary for happiness. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Sep 8 1:30–3:00 pm
  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an 1851 Gothic novel that explores themes of guilt, retribution, and atonement in a New England family. He colors the tale with suggestions of the supernatural and witchcraft, taking inspiration from his own family history. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Oct 13 1:30–3:00 pm
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The 1922 novel was written in German in a simple, lyrical style and published in the U.S. in 1951. The story became influential during the 1960s. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Nov 10 1:30–3:00 pm
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen appeared in 1814 as her third novel. Fanny Price, a young girl from a large, poor family, is sent at age ten to be raised by her rich uncle and aunt at Mansfield Park. The complex story depicts virtue and vice, and contrasts wealth and quality. Marvin Auditorium 101C  Mon  Dec 8 1:30–3:00 pm


Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.