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Good news for readers of classics! The Davis-Kidd Classics Club reformed last fall here at Parnassus Books! We will meet several times over this year to talk about important, older books (generally published before 1960) that we either missed or want to revisit. Scroll down for upcoming dates and book selections!
"It's all about the book."
The phenomena of TV binge-watching has me enthralled at the moment, and a little nervous about the amount of time I am spending NOT reading, watching various shows that have been recommended, of which I then become a fan. Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men, Mr. Selfridge, Downtown Abbey, Manhattan,....all have taken large chunks of my time these past 3 years. Nothing, however, has come close to The Good Wife. My never having seen it, my daughter insisted that my husband and I watch the first episode on our last visit with her a month ago in DC. We were hooked and have now seen all 23 episodes of season one, and are well into season two. Seeing as how this CBS series is in its sixth season, we have a long way to go.
Maybe it's to soothe my conscience about the amount of time I'm NOT reading, but I think I've found some parallels between The Good Wife and good books.
All the elements of a compelling piece of fiction are there. There is mystery and suspense, recurring characters that develop and change as the series progresses, moral dilemmas that face these characters, which resolve in often unexpected and sometimes unpleasant ways, well-written scripts with subtle nuances and shades of meaning which force the viewer to listen closely and to think....to name but a few similarities. I almost wish The Good Wife was also a novel but for the length it would have to be. I, of course, continue my reading - this month's book club selections, and the advanced reader copies of My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh (due out Feb 10), and am about to start the new Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread (also out Feb.10). These continue to occupy the majority of my non-work time - along with The Good Wife.
Parnassus Book Club Selections
February - Flora, by Gail Godwin
March - Shotgun Lovesongs, by Nickolas Butler
Parnassus Classics Club - The Professor's House, by Willa Cather
Parnassus Classics Club - The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck
Parnassus book club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion!
Kathy Schultenover, Book Club Coordinator