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Classic ReReads Book Club 2018
The Classic Re-Reads Book Club offers participants a chance to re-read those classics that they read -- or skipped reading -- in high school and college. This time with no grades attached! Join us for an informal discussion of these books that became classics for a reason.

The Classic Re-Reads Book Club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Grand Forks Public Library meeting room.

A Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett  A Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett     January 31, 2018
      A Country doctor is a luminous portrayal of rural Maine and a semi-autobiographical look at the author's world.  Nan struggles to choose between marriage and a career as a doctor.
Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone  Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone     February 28, 2018
      With charm, humor, and deep understanding, a Japanese-American woman tells how it was to grow up on Seattle's waterfront in the 1930s and to be subjected to "relocation" during World War II.
 Dakota Diaspora by Sophie Trupin Dakota Disapora by Sophie Trupin     March 28, 2018
      To most Jewish immigrants, New York was America.  Not many ventured as far as North Dakota at the turn of the century.  Sophie Trupin writes of her father and other Jewish farmers who came to the northern plains and adds a little-known chapter to the saga of the settlement of America.
 The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham    April 25, 2018
      The Great War changed everything and everyone, and Larry Darrell is no exception.  Though his physical wounds from the war heal, his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition.  He leaves his betrothed, the beautiful and devoted Isabel; studies philosophy and religion in Paris; lives as a monk, and witnesses the exotic hardships of Spanish life.
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster  A Passage to India by E. M. Forster     May 30, 2018
      A Passage to India is a complex, beautifully rendered story of a young Englishwoman's hallucination that she has been assaulted by a friendly young Indian doctor in an ancient cave, which leads to racial hysteria.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton  The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton     June 27, 2018
      Lily Bart is beautiful, poor, and unmarried at 29.  In her search for a husband with money and position, she betrays her own heart and sows the seeds of the tragedy that finally overwhelms her.
 The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot     July 25 and August 29, 2018
      When the miller Mr. Tulliver becomes entangled in a lawsuit, he sets off a chain of events that will profoundly affect the lives of his family and bring into conflict his passionate daughter Maggie with her inflexible but adored brother Tom.  As she grows older, Maggie's discovery of romantic love draws her once more into a struggle to reconcile familial and moral claims with her own desires.  Strong-willed, compassionate, and intensely loyal, Maggie seeks personal happiness and inner peace but risks rejection and ostracism in her close-knit community.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie  Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie     September 26, 2018
      En route to Paris, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot has booked winter passage on the fabled Orient Express.  Among the curious assortment of fellow passengers, one wealthy American holds a unique distinction: he has been found dead of multiple stab wounds in the night compartment of the Calais coach.
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain  The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain     October 31, 2018  -  Double Feature
      An amoral young tramp.  A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband.  A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems.
A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle     October 31, 2018  -  Double Feature
      A king. . . a beautiful woman. . .A photograph ripe for blackmail. . .Sherlock Holmes has a unique situation to handle, and he finds his adversary to be a most remarkable woman.  Dr. Watson, ever by the indomitable detective's side, puts himself at risk of arrest for his friend.
 The Awakening by Kate Chopin The Awakening by Kate Chopin     November 28, 2018
      Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin's daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the straitened confines of her domestic situation. 

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