Wednesday, December 7, 2011

January 5, 2012 Book Club Choice






Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay will be discussed on Thursday, January 5, 2012 by the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club. The author tells two stories, one of a Jewish girl in 1942 France and the other of a current day American journalist living in France. Chapter by chapter the stories go back and forth until they blend together. This is a book I could not put down.





On February 2, 2012, author Dean Bakopoulos will be at the Book Club meeting to read from and discuss his
novel Please Don't Come Back From The Moon. All are welcome to attend this public event at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop.

Friday, November 11, 2011

December 2011 Book Club Book

Hilary Mantel is the 2009 recipient of the Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall. The prize goes to a novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. Wolf Hall is a fictional portrait of Henry VIII's turbulent court

The club will meet to discuss Wolf Hall on Thursday, December 1, 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop. Everyone is welcome to attend.







Scott Cawelti, author of Brother's Blood, visited the Pioneer Bookshop on November 10 to share stories surrounding his book. The audience was treated to a lively discussion about Cawelti's personal connections to the family and the investigators involved with the murders that took place in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1975.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Club Meeting with Author Appearance in November 2011


On Thursday, November 10, 2011, Scott Cawelti, the author of Brother's Blood will be our guest at the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club meeting. We encourage anyone to attend to hear the author discuss his perspective on this nonfiction story about an infamous murder in Iowa's history. Whether you read the book or not, it proves to be an interesting discussion. Books are available for 25% off at the Pioneer Bookshop.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

October 2011 Book Club Choice


Louisa May Alcott; the Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen will be discussed at the October 6 meeting of the Pioneer Bookshop Bookclub. This biography addresses all aspects of Alcott's life taken from her journals and letters as well as recollections of family, friends and famous contemporaries.




Coming on November 10, author Scott Cawelti will join the club to discuss his book, Brother's Blood, a real-life crime drama recounting murders in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1976. Described not as a "whodunit" but a "whydunit", the book describes the evidence in this Heartland Cain and Abel. The convicted murderer still claims to be innocent today. The book club will hold a special meeting and reception for Cawelti at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Ave. in downtown Grinnell.




Our book club is always open to the public. Please join us for this special event on November 10, 2011.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

September 2011 Book Club Discussion

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell will be discussed at the Pioneer Bookshop on Thursday, September 1, 2011. The bookclub members have chosen this murder mystery set in Sweden for the September meeting.



We welcome anyone to attend our meetings or to comment on our blog.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

August 2011 Book Club Choice



The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will be discussing Chris Bohjalian's Secrets of Eden at the next meeting, Thursday, August 4. We hold a very informal get together at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Ave. in Grinnell. Everyone is welcome to join us.


In this fictional murder mystery you hear various voices describing the events surrounding the apparent murder & suicide of a Vermont couple. Evidence indicates the case may not be so cut and dried.

Monday, June 6, 2011

July 2011 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Choice




A Girl Named Zippy; Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana, by Haven Kimmel will be discussed at the next book club meeting on July 7, 2011. We meet at the Pioneer Bookshop at 7pm on the first Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome. Please join us.




When Haven Kimmel was born in in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana was a sleeply little hamlet of three hundred people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period-people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.

Friday, May 6, 2011

June 2011 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Discussion



On Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 7pm we will be meeting to discuss Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.


Dwight Gardner with the New York Times says "One of the most graceful and moving nonfiction books I've read in a very long time...A thorny and provocative book about cancer, racism, scientifc ethics, and crippling poverty....".


Join our group for what proves to be a lively discussion. Everyone is welcome.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 2011 Book Club Discussion



The Help by Kathryn Stockett will be discussed at the May 5 meeting of the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club. Join us at 7pm at 823 Fourth Avenue to discuss this very popular book club book. The movie, based on The Help, will premier on August 12, 2011 in theatres. We encourage everyone to join us either on this blog or at the Pioneer Bookshop.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

April 2011 PIoneer Bookshop Book Club Choice




Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese will be discussed at the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club meeting in April The club will meet at 7pm on April 7, at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Avenue in Grinnell.

"Here is an extraordinary imagination, artfully shaped and forcefully developed, wholly given in service to a human story that is deeply moving, utterly gripping, indeed unforgetable" --John Burnham Schwartz

The club meets every first Thursday of the month. Anyone is welcome to join us. Please do!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Little Bee is the choice for the March 3, 2011 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Meeting


"We don't want to tell you what happens in this book", declares the blurb on the back cover of Little Bee by Chris Cleave. "It is a truely special story and we don't want to spoil it". "The magic is how the story unfolds."

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will be finding out what this book is all about. A book club discussion will be held on Thursday, March 3, at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa.
Please join us for the informal meeting and discussion or contribute to this blog. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Never Let Me Go" is the February 2011 Book Club Choice



The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet on Thursday, February 3 from 7pm to 8pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fifth Avenue. We will discuss Kazuo Ishiguro's book Never Let me Go now a major motion picture. Time Magazine says "A page-turner and heartbreaker, a tour de force of knotted tension and buried anguish.".

Everyone is welcome to join us whether or not you have read the book. We will be deciding on the book for March at this Feb. 3 meeting. Come be a part of it.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

January 2011 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Choice



The bookclub will be discussing Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent on Thursday, January 6 at 7pm. Meetings are at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Ave and are very informal. Everyone is welcome to join in the duscussion.