Harvard Book Club

Discuss Circe by Madeline Miller

Note the meeting day of the week has been changed to Wednesday.

Circe, published in 2018, is set during the Greek Heroic Age.  It is an adaptation of various Greek myths, most notably the Odyssey; told in the first person by the nymph/witch Circe.  The novel explores Circe's origin story and narrates Circe's encounters with mythological figures .

Among the reviewers, The New York Times wrote "....approving its highly psychologized, redemptive and ultimately exculpatory account of Circe's familiar tale...."  In more simple language, The Guardian praised the retelling of Circe around the "...emotional life of a woman...."  Your choice.

The novel received numerous literary awards.


Libraries have many copies in print, audio book cd, downloadable audiobook 


November 17th book selection is
The Murmur of Bees/Sophia Segovia


Other titles that have been suggested:

  • Somebody's Daughter/Ashley C. Ford
  • So Many Books, So Little Time/Sara Nelson
  • Three Comrades and The Black Obelisk/Erich Maria Remarque
  • Homegoing/Yaa Gyasi
  • Frankenstein/Mary Shelley
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy/Douglas Adams
  • Catch 22/Joseph Heller
  • The Murder of Roger Akyroyd/Agatha Christie
  • In Search of Lost Time/Marcel Proust

Please consider adding your suggestions.

Questions may be sent to Dorothy Marden marden@umn.edu


Noteworthy, the Classic Fiction Book Club has expanded to include non-classics and non-fiction and is now called the Harvard Book Club.

E-mail admin@harvardmn.org or phone 612-554-1378 to register.  Zoom info will be given when you register.

When and Where?


7:30PM Wed 6 Oct 2021, Central timezone

Virtual Event Instructions:

Link will be sent to all who have registered.