Sunday, December 30, 2012

January 2013 Book Choice

The bookclub will meet on Thursday, January 3, at 7pm to discuss The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton.  Everyone is welcome to join the discussion, at the Pioneer Bookshop or on this blog.

A novel based on a real camel bookmobile.  Fiona does not understand the people she seeks to help. And in the impoverished small community of Mididima, she finds herself caught in the middle of a volatile local struggle when the bookmobile's presence sparks a dangerous feud between the proponents of modernization and those who fear the loss of traditional ways. .


December 2012 Reading Choice

The club chose a new format for the December 6 meeting.  We chose to read any novel written by author Anita Shreve.  Titles discussed include, Rescue, A Change in Altitude, Eden Close, The Pilot's Wife and Sea Glass. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November 2012 Selection

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm to discuss Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder.   Author Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa.

"It is a mark of the skill and -empathy of Mr. Kidder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning -author, that he makes Deo's story come alive believably-as the experience of a real -individual-and avoids...the usual tropes of a -triumph-of-the- human-spirit tale. [T]he book encourages a general hope that individuals can -transcend even the greatest horrors."

"-Wall Street Journal

The discussion is open to the public.  Please join us.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

October 2012 Book Club Choice

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will discuss Julia Spencer-Felming's mystery novel In the Bleak Midwinter on Thursday, October 4. 

  “One of the most impressive "first" crime novels I've read. A priest, a cop, a baby on the doorstep, and a lot of snow combined with suspenseful results for one great book.”


—Charlaine Harris, author of Shakespeare's Counselor

Monday, July 30, 2012

September 2012 Book Club Choice



Erick Larson's, In the Garden of Beasts will be discussed at the September 6th meeting of the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club.  The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will not meet in August. 
This work of non-fiction, by the author of Devil in the White City ,is set in Berlin, Germany in the 1930's .  The story is told from the perspective of a uniquely well positioned American family during Hitler's rise. 
The meeting is very informal and open to the public.   Join us at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop on September 6th. 
Erik Larson

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

July 2012 Book Club Choice

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is the book club choice to be discussed at the July 5 meeting. Last month, each of our members  presented a book to the group that had been a favorite or had added meaning to them.   One of our members spoke so highly of Rebecca that we chose to read it right away.

All are welcome to come to the discussion at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Avenue in downtown Grinnell.  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June is Members' Choice Book Discussion

Each attendee should bring a book that has been a favorite or had an influence in their life.    We will discuss each book at the meeting on Thursday, June 7 at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Ave.   Be ready to suggest a book to read for July.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

May 3, 2012 Book Club Choice

So Long, See you Tomorrow by William Maxwell will be discussed on Thursday, May 3 at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Street.   Prior to the discussion we will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Pioneer Bookshop.  The famous champagne cake from the Danish Maid Bakery will be served along with delicious mock champagne punch.   Everyone is welcome to join the party!  The club starts talking at 7pm. Come early for the celebration. 







Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Club Moved to April 12, 2012

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will postpone the meeting date to the week after Easter. The discussion of The Eyre Affair will be on Thursday, April 12 at 7pm at the PIoneer Bookshop, 823 4th Avenue.
Wishing you a wonderful Easter.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

April 2012 Book Club Choice




The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde will be discussed at the next meeting of the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club. All are welcome to join in on Thursday, April 5 at 7pm at 823 4th Avenue.


The May 2012 book to be discussed is So Long, See you Tomorrow by William Maxell.


The book club meets on the first Thursday of each month. You may contribute to the discussion that night, or on this blog. Please join us!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Author Dean Bakopoulos at the Pioneer Bookshop Feb. 2012

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club was pleased to host Author Dean Bakopoulos, author of the novel Please Don't Come Back from the Moon. Bakopoulos, read from his book to give us a sense of the author's voice. The Grinnell College assistant professor of English engaged the audience with descriptions of his evolution as a novelist, the process of getting published and how he brings out his characters, sometimes from personal experiences. His second novel, My American Unhappiness, has been published, and he has two more books in progress.







The March 2012 Book Club choice is Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. The club will meet on Thursday, March 2 at 7pm in the Pioneer Bookshop at 823 4th Avenue in downtown Grinnell. All are welcome to join us that night and/or to contribute comments to this blog. Book Club books are discounted by 25% at the Pioneer Bookshop.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Author Appearance Thursday, February 2 at the Pioneer Bookshop


Please Don't Come Back from the Moon

Author Dean Bakopoulos, Assistant Professor of English at Grinnell College will appear at the Pioneer Bookshop on Thursday, February 2, at 7pm to read from his book, Please Don't Come Back from the Moon. The story unfolds as a number of fathers in a down trodden Michigan town disappear. One shop keeper leaves a note on his door, "I'm going to the moon. I took the cash." The story centers around a group of adolescent boys left behind and their mothers who struggle to make ends meet.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this special event of the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club.