Friday, May 5, 2017

Pioneer Bookshop Book Club June 20017 Meeting

On Thursay, June 8, the discussion will be about The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.   We would love to have you join us at 7 pm at the Pioneer Bookshop.   Our group is very informal.  At times, some of us don't even finish a book but the discussion is still excellent.

  From the jacket cover. " The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France-a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. "

May 2017 Pioneer Bookshop Meeting

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club was treated to a poetry lesson during its May meeting.   Kelly Hansen Maher read from her book Tremolo. Kelly, who is a native of Minnesota, explained how the call of the loons and other Minnesota memories entered into her book which centers around loss and grieving.   

The book club audience, most poetry novices, found the discussion enlightening. We all left with a greater appreciation of the words, formats and sounds of the poems in the book.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 2017 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Choice

The bookclub readers will meet at 7pm on Thursday, April 6 to discuss Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures.    This book is a current best seller and was made into a major motion picture.   A remarkable true story.  These women were called computers!  This is long before we called those things on our desks computers.  They were a group of exceptionally talented African American women who were called into service during the labor shortages of WWII.  This book  follows the lives of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden for nearly three decades as they participated in some of NASA's greatest successes with their math wizz minds.


February 2017 Book Club Pick

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club discussed My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout during the February meeting.

All are welcome to join us on the first Thursday of the month, 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop located at 933 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The January Pioneer Bookshop Choice

The club members are reading their choice of books by Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Junot Diaz.   Diaz will be visiting Grinnell College on February 13, 2017.  A reading will be held at 7 pm in the Rosenfield Center, Room 101.  

Titles:
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the Purlitzer Prize.

Drown, a collection of short stories.

This is How You Lose Her, more short stories.

The discussion will be at 7 pm on Thursday, February 2 at the Pioneer Bookshop, 933 Main Street, Grinnell.




The December Book

The December club choice is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

Despite his overwhelming fear of interaction with people, Christopher, a mathematically gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Mark Haddon is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children's books and television screenplays.  As a young man, Haddon worked with autistic individuals.  He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.

This book received the Whitbread Book of the Year and is a New York Times Notable Book.

Monday, October 24, 2016

November Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Author

This month we have chosen to mix things up a little.   Each of us will choose a book written by Ann Patchett who happens to be a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop in Iowa City.   Each of us will discuss the book we read and will discuss differences and similarities.   Her titles include, The Patron Saint of Liars, The Magician's Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder and Commonwealth.   Patchett has won numerous awards and fellowships.

We will meet at 7pm on Thursday, November 3 at the Pioneer Bookshop at 933 Main Street, Grinnell.  All are welcome to join in our discussions at the group or on this Blog.