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.  

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.

Monday, October 3, 2016

September 2016 Book Club Choice

Join us for a discussion of Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings.   The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet at 7pm at 933 Main Street Grinnell, the new location since July 5, 2016.

All are welcome to join this informal gathering at any time.    The club meets on the first Thursday of the month.   Making comments to this blog is another way to participate.

Sue Monk Kidd is also the author of The Secret Life of Bees (2002) which became a genuine literary phenomenon and was adapted into a movie.  

The Invention of Wings is a historical novel with actual historical figures like Sarah and Angelina Grimke and Denmark Vesey.  Kidd adds original characters to fill in the story.

Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Summer Read for the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club is on hiatus for the Summer.  The next meeting will be September 1 in the new location at 933 Main.  The time, 7:00pm.   At that meeting we will discuss Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling.  Now we know that Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter series.   This is the first mystery in a series of three.  The Cuckoo's Calling is followed by The Silkworm and Career Evil, all featuring private investigator Cormoran Strike.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

June 2016 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Book

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Ave. to discuss the reading of Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin.  Anyone is welcome to join us at 7pm, Thursday June 2, 1016.

Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer, he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle...

May 2016 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Pick

The May 2016 title for discussion is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old friend in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.

Rachel Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman's Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play. She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver.

Those who loved this book recommend the companion to it,  The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey.