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BookClub Classics: Persuasion

Plot: First published in 1818, “Persuasion” was English novelist Jane Austen’s last completed work. The novel centers on the story of Anne Elliot, a lovely young woman who years prior had accepted the proposal for marriage from the handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth. Despite Frederick’s cleverness and ambition, his lower social status and lackContinue reading “BookClub Classics: Persuasion”

Book Review: Dinner with Edward

Plot: When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping Edward’s daughter who lives far away and has asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York –Continue reading “Book Review: Dinner with Edward”

Book Review: The Secret History

Plot: Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsessionContinue reading “Book Review: The Secret History”

Book Review: The Blue Castle

Plot: The Blue Castle is widely hailed as a reader favorite. Valancy Stirling is 29, unmarried, and has never been in love. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she finds her only consolation in the “forbidden” books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle a place where all her dreamsContinue reading “Book Review: The Blue Castle”

Book Review: David Copperfield

Plot: David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidableContinue reading “Book Review: David Copperfield”

Book Review: The Old Curiosity Shop

Plot: The archetypal Victorian melodrama, as heartfelt and moving today as when it was first published, Charles Dickens’s The Old Curiosity Shop is edited with notes and an introduction by Norman Page in Penguin Classics. Little Nell Trent lives in the quiet gloom of the old curiosity shop with her ailing grandfather, for whom she cares withContinue reading “Book Review: The Old Curiosity Shop”

Book Review: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Plot: The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formativeContinue reading “Book Review: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn”

Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems

Plot: A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh is nothing less than a true children’s classic. Winnie-the-Pooh may be a bear of very little brain, but thanks to his friends Piglet, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, he’s never far from an adventure. This very special collection will delight fans of Winnie-the-Pooh young and old. Relive all yourContinue reading “Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems”

BookClub Reads: The Professor

Plot: The Professor was the first novel by Charlotte Brontë. It was originally written before Jane Eyre and rejected by many publishing houses, but was eventually published posthumously in 1857. The book is the story of a young man, William Crimsworth. It describes his maturation, his loves and his eventual career as a professor atContinue reading “BookClub Reads: The Professor”

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