Friday, January 5, 2018

February 2018 Book Club Choice

The next book club meeting will be held on February 1 at 7pm.  We will discuss Fredrik Backman's Britt-Marie Was Here.   Backman is the author of the soon to be a movie A Man Called Ove, starring Tom Hanks.

Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes.......Good Reads




For those of you reading ahead, here is a list of our future books.
March:  Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
April:  LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Book Club Books are always 25% off at the Pioneer Bookshop.

January 2018 Book Club Choice

News of the World by Paulette Jiles will be the book discussed at the January 2018 Book Club meeting.   Join us at 7pm!

Friday, November 3, 2017

December 2017 Evening with the Author

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will enjoy an evening with Larry Baker presenting his newest book, From a Distance, at the December 7 meeting.    We will gather at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop.  The public is encouraged to attend this special event.

This is the second appearance at the Pioneer Bookshop for Larry.  His last book, The Education of  Nancy Adams was presented to the club in 2015.   His other books include, The Flamingo Rising, Love and Other Delusions, A Good Man and Athens America.  Flamingo Rising was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie.

Larry Baker lives in Iowa City.


November 2017 Book Club Book

The Glass Castle was discussed at the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club meeting on Thursday, November 2.    Now  a major motion picture, this book spent more than seven years on the New York Times Bestseller list.   It is a truly astonishing memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Please join us any first Thursday at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 933 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa.   We are a very informal group.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

October 2017 Book Club Meeting

The club members selected If the Creek Don't Rise, by Leah Weiss, for discussion at the October 5 meeting.   The meeting will be at the Pioneer Bookshop at 7pm.  The group is very casual.  Please join us when you can.  

Leah Weiss is s Southern writer, born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia.  This is her debut novel.  She retired in 2015 from a 24 year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School.

As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don't Rise, is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons.  The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty and homegrown grit.
----Good Reads


Thursday, September 7, 2017

A New Year for the Book Club...September's Pick 2017

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club is starting up after a summer rest.  The next meeting is September 7 at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 933 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa.   We meet the first Thursday of each month, September - June.

The summer read is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.   This book was written in 1967, originally in Spanish and has since been translated into 37 languages.  The novel is widely acclaimed and recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon.  Over 30 million copies have been sold.

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. "