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. .


  1. I enjoyed this story very much. Reading the story transported me away to this village. I can now understand how modernization can decompose an entire lifestyle.

  2. When I was President of the Iowa Library Association, the professional association for library staff, I invited Masha Hamilton to speak at our conference which was held in Coralville. Masha participated in a "Meet the Author" session and spoke about the Camel BookMobile at our banquet. This makes me want to go back and read her book again. Thanks.

    Sheryl Bissen
    Library Systems Support Specialist
    Grinnell College Libraries