Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Possum Trot is the December Book Club Choice


On Thursday, December 2, author Harley Mcilrath will visit the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club while we discuss his debut book, Possum Trot. Come to the Pioneer Bookshop at 7pm to ask the author questions and to hear him read excerpts from his book. It is sure to be entertaining.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Book for
November 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee will be discussed at the monthly meeting on Thursday, November 4 at 7pm. The club meets every first Thursday at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa. All are welcome to join us for an informal discussion. Please post your comments here to get the discussion started.

First published in 1960, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this wonderful book which won the Pulitzer Prize. To date, it is Harper Lee's only published novel.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

October 2010 Book Club Choice

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will discuss The Angelmaker by Stefan Brijs on Thursday, October 7 at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Avenue, Grinnell. Please join us and/or make comments on this blog to spur on the conversation.

The Los Angeles Times Book Review says that Stephen Brijs is "A rising star of Belgian literature." The novel is described as exploring science gone amok in a society where religion offers no consolation. Victor Hoppe returns to his home town with triplet sons who are so identical that they must wear colored bracelets to be identified. Their physician father takes great pains to protect them from scrutiny. The boys are named for three archangels, Micheal, Gabriel and Raphael, an intimation of their fathers "god-like" role in their conception. This novels seems to be a creepy read for an early Halloween discussion.

September 2010 Book Club Choice

The September 2010 Book Club book is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. A story with many of life's lessons observed by and narrated from the perspective of the family dog. This is a quick read that is funny, tragic, thought provoking, touching and ultimately uplifting.

We will meet and discuss this book on Thursday, September 2 at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Avenue in Grinnell. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

August 2010 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Book


The book we will discuss on August 5 is The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. A Gothic ghost story set in 1947 England, 2 years after WWII.
The book club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Avenue in Grinnell. Everyone is welcome to join us for a casual discussion.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

July 2010 Book Club Book


The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will discuss Coop by Michael Perry on Thursday, July 1, 2010. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael at the Midwest Booksellers meeting in 2009. He is delightfully funny and very modest. His description of the perfect dairy cow had those in the room roaring with laughter. Unfortunately, that description was not included in Coop so I feel lucky to have heard him tell it. There are plenty of other laugh-out-loud stories in this book. A perfect summer read.

Hear Michael introduce his book here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEB0B92uKuA

Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Avenue.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

June 2010 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Book

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month. The book we will discuss in June is Pope Joan, a novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross. Please join us at the Pioneer Bookshop on June 3 at 7 p.m. We are located at 823 Fourth Avenue in downtown Grinnell, Iowa.

Please post conversation starters to discuss on this blog and inspire others to read read read!

May 2010 Book: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult



The May 2010 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club book is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. We will meet to discuss the book on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Bookshop. All are welcome to join us.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April Book Club Meeting is Changed to April 8

Due to the Easter holiday and other conflicts, we are changing the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club meeting. We will not meet this Thursday, April 1. It just so happens that the author of The Known World, Edward P. Jones, will be appearing at Grinnell College the following Thursday, April 8.

What we plan to do is meet at 7pm on Thursday, April 8 at the Pioneer Bookshop. After a short discussion we can move to the Joe Rosenfield Center, Room 101, to hear the author himself read and discuss the book.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Book Club Book for March 2010


The Known World by Edward P. Jones is the book club book for March. This book is the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. It is the first novel for Edward P. Jones. He previously won the PEN\Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award for his debut collection of short stores, Lost in the City.

Edward P. Jones will be at Grinnell College on Thursday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.. Sponsored by the Writers in Grinnell series, Jones will be reading from his works in room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield 25' Center located on Eighth Avenue on the Grinnell College campus. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The author will be signing copies after the reading.

The next book club meeting is Thursday, April 1 at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick is the February Book Club Book


Lonliness, Lust and the Mail-Order Bride:
According to Ron Charles with the Washington Post, The curtain rises in 1907 during a Wisconsin winter "cold enough to sear the skin from your bones.". Ralph Truitt, the wealthiest man in town, stands frozen in place on a train platform but inside he's burning with the unsated desire of 20 solitary years." Charles goes on to say that the floor collapses in almost every chapter, and we suddenly crash through assumptions we'd thought were solid. Goolrick keeps probing at the way people force themselves not to know something -- not to believe the truth-- in order to fulfill their deepest longings. Read Ron Charles' entire review at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/07/AR2009040703559.html

I know this is not the book you were expecting. A Serious Man turned out to be a screenplay so Sara and I made a quick decision to go in this direction. I hope you all agree this sounds like a fun and interesting read.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m at the Pioneer Bookshop. Until then, please post your comments and observances here for all to see.