What makes a book a “classic”? The writer Italo Calvino defined them this way: "A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers." In that spirit, the Classics Book Club reads and discusses novels that have become beloved over the years, whether they're well-known staples or under-the-radar gems. We’ll read one classic or modern classic book and engage in a lively discussion about the text in person at the Library!
Calling all fans of HBO's "The Gilded Age"! For this meeting, we'll be reading Edith Wharton's 1913 The Custom of the Country, the book that's widely considered to be her masterpiece. A satirical novel of manners, the book follows Undine Spragg as she tries to move from her nouveau riche roots in the Midwest to the rarefied old money society in New York. Vain, beautiful, and ruthlessly ambitious, Undine is both an unforgettable character and the lens through which Wharton takes a sharp look at marriage, divorce, money, and power.
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