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The Salon: Classics Book Club

Who We Are 

The Salon: Classics Book Club is dedicated to classical literature.
 
What We Read
We read fiction, essays, plays, anything that is at least 30 years old and still in print.

The monthly selections are chosen by member majority.

When We Meet

We meet on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 PM.

How to Join

Simply read the book and show up. We look forward to discussing classics with you!

 2022 Selections and Meetings

Monday, January 24th @ 7:30pm: Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Monday, February 28th @ 7:30pm: Herzog by Saul Bellow

Monday, March 28th @ 7:30pm: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

 
Any inquiries can be directed to Jeanine Henry at jmh1224@yahoo.com.

Past Selections
The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing, The Titan by Theodore Dreiser, The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren, Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, The Quiet American by Graham Greene, Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Europeans by Henry James, Young Lonigan by James Farrell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, One Book, One Chicago pick The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Oh What a Paradise It Seems by John Cheever, Angle of Repose  by Wallace Stegner, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Fall by Albert Camus, Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, Stoner by John Williams, Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet 
 
2020

January 27th @ 7:30pm: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
February 24th @ 7:30pm: Orlando by Virginia Woolf
March 23rd @ 7:30pm: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
June 22 @ 7:30 PM: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
July 27 @ 7:30 PM: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
August 24 @ 7:30 PM: Beloved by Toni Morrison
September 28 @ 7:30 PM: Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

October 26 @ 7:30 PM: Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
November 23 @ 7:30: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

 
2019
January 28th, 2019 @ 7:30pm: Ubik by Philip K. Dick
 
February 25th, 2019 @ 7:30pm: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
 
March 25th, 2019 @ 7:30pm: Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
 
Monday, April 22 @ 7:30 p.m.: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:30 p.m. (Special date due to Memorial Day): Native Son by Richard Wright

Monday, June 24 @ 7:30 p.m.: The Plague by Albert Camus

Monday, July 22 @ 7:30 p.m.: Daisy Miller by Henry James

Monday, Aug. 26 @ 7:30 p.m.: Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien

September 23 @7:30 p.m.The Summer Before Dark by Doris Lessing

October 28 @ 7:30 p.m.: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

November 25 @ 7:30 p.m.: The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

 
2018
January 22nd, 2018 @ 7:30pm: Under the Glacier by Halldor Laxness
 
February 26th, 2018 @ 7:30pm: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre
 
March 26th. 2018 @ 7:30pm: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
 
April 23rd, 2018 @ 7:30pm The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

May 7th, 2018 @ 7:30pm (NOTE SPECIAL DATE due to Memorial Day): The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend

June 25th, 2018 @ 7:30pm Emma by Jane Austen

July 23rd, 2018 @ 7:30pm The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Aug. 27th, 2018 @ 7:30pm To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck

Mon. Sept. 24 @ 7:30: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

Mon. Oct. 22 @ 7:30: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Mon. Nov. 26 @ 7:30: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

 
2017

January 23, 2017 @7:30 pmThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark

February 27, 2017 @7:30 pm: Life of William Grimes, Runaway Slave, by William Grimes

March 27, 2017 @7:30 pm The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene

April 24, 2017 @7:30 pm: Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery, by Dorothy Sayers.

May 22, 2017 @7:30 pm: Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie

June 26, 2017 @7:30pm: The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

July 24, 2017 @7:30pm: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier

August 28, 2017 @7:30pm: The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

September 26, 2017 @7:30pm: 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Oct. 23rd @ 7:30 p.m.: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Nov. 27th@ 7:30 p.m.A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

 
2016
 
January 25, 2016 @7:30pm: Love in the Time of Cholera, by G. Garcia Marquez
 
February 22, 2016 @7:30pm: Amerika (The Man Who Disappeared) by Franz Kafka
 
March 28 2016 @7:30pm: The Wild Ass's Skin by Honore de Balzac
 
April 25, 2016 @7:30pm: A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
 
May 23, 2016 @7:30pm: It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
 
June 27, 2016 @7:30pm: On The Road by Jack Kerouac
 
July 25, 2016 @7:30pm: The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
 
August 22, 2016 @7:30pm:  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass by Lewis Carroll
 

Sept 26, 2016 @7:30pm:  Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy

Oct 24, 2016 @7:30pm:  The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Nov 28, 2016 @7:30pm:  The Bell by Iris Murdoch

 

2015

Monday, November 23 @ 7:30pm : Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Monday, October 26 @ 7:30pm : Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Monday, September 28th @ 7:30pm :  The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Monday, August 24 @ 7:30pm : So Big by Edna Ferber

Monday, July 27 @ 7:30pm : The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Monday, June 22 @ 7:30pm Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Monday, May 27 @ 7:30pm : A Death in the Family by James Agee

Monday, April 27 @ 7:30pm Gigli by Irmgard Keun

Monday, March 23 @ 7:30pm : With the Procession by Henry Blake Fuller

Paperback Fiction

Streetwise Downtown Chicago
By:
By:
My Kind of Sound
By: Krakow, Steve
MWF Seeking BFF
By: Bertsche, Rachel
1001 Days in the Bleachers : Quarter Century of Chicago Sports
By: Cox, Ted
Sin in the Second City
By: Abbott, Karen

Hardcover Non-Fiction

Streetwise Downtown Chicago
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Confessions of a Transylvanian: A Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror
By: Fox, Ron
MWF Seeking BFF
By: Bertsche, Rachel
1001 Days in the Bleachers : Quarter Century of Chicago Sports
By: Cox, Ted
Sin in the Second City
By: Abbott, Karen
Larry Loves Chicago
By: Skewes, John

Hardcover Fiction

Book of Ralph
Author: McNally, John
My Humor's Working ( Even if I'm Not)
Author: Natale, Noreen
1001 Days in the Bleachers : Quarter Century of Chicago Sports
Author: Cox, Ted
Sin in the Second City
Author: Abbott, Karen
Devil In The White City
Author: Larson, Erik