Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December 3rd Book Club Meeting

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet on Thursday, December 3 at 7pm to discuss nine stories by J.D. Salinger.

Nine Stories (1953) is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. D. Salinger published in April 1953. It includes two of his most famous short stories, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "For Esm̩ Рwith Love and Squalor".

The club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Avenue in Grinnell.  The discussion is very informal.  Everyone is welcome to attend at any time.  Please join us!

November 2015 Book Club Choice

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson will be discussed at the November 5 club meeting. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Change in the October 2015 Book Club Read

The order of books, for the October and November meetings,  have been switched around since we met.  The club will be reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion for the October 1 meeting while Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson will be discussed at the November 5 meeting.   The meetings are at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th avenue in Grinnell, Iowa.

 The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife.  In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner:  A sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the later arrivers....
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.J169i2Co.dpuf
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.J169i2Co.dpuf
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.J169i2Co.dpuf
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.J169i2Co.dpuf
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.2Ln6SBJ8.dpuf
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.2Ln6SBJ8.dpuf
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.2Ln6SBJ8.dpuf

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.J169i2Co.dpuf
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.J169i2Co.dpuf
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.J169i2Co.dpuf
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.2Ln6SBJ8.dpuf
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.2Ln6SBJ8.dpuf

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.J169i2Co.dpuf
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.2Ln6SBJ8.dpuf
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.MTH0PN8s.dpuf
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.MTH0PN8s.dpuf
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune). - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091#sthash.MTH0PN8s.dpuf

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Club Summer Hiatus until September 2015

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club members take the summer off.  The next meeting will be Thursday, September 3 at 7pm. All are welcome to join us at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Ave. in downtown Grinnell, Iowa.

The selection for the September discussion is The Gold Finch by Donna Tartt.   The website for Goodreads says "The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.:"

It is a 771 page book.  Perfect to savor over the summer months.   

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 2015 Book Club Choice


The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will discuss the book My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira at the June 4 meeting.  Please join our informal group at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop.

This book was selected for the 2015 All Iowa Reads title. The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. They encourage Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year. Libraries, book clubs, schools and other local organizations are encouraged to sponsor discussions of the title.

Robin Oliveira's stunning Civil War epic is about a young headstrong midwife determined to become a surgeon striving to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine. Fully drawn characters, family conflicts, the politics of war, and achieving humane medical care in the aftermath of violence are some of themes that will be at the center discussions among hundreds of Iowans during 2015.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

May 2015 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Discussion

The book chosen to be discussed at the May 2015 meeting of the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club is Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler.  The meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, May 7, at the Pioneer Bookshop.

Anyone is welcome to join our informal discussion group on the first Thursday of the month, September through June.   Bring a friend!

Book Club Duscussion for April 2015

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin will be the book for discussion at the April 2015 meeting of the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club.  Please join us at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Avenue at 7pm on Thursday, April 2, 2015.   The meeting is open to anyone interested in discussing books.  We are very informal.

Chosen for May:  Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Chosen for June:  My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 2015 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Choice


 On Thursday, March 5, at 7pm, the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will discuss The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout.   Elizabeth Strout is the author of the New York Times bestseller Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London. She lives in Maine and New York City. 

All readers are welcome to attend at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Avenue in Grinnell.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

February 2015 Book Club Hosts Author

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club is hosting author Larry Baker on Thursday, February 5 at 7pm.   Baker is the author of the novel, The Education of Nancy Adams

Colorful is the word that best describes the life of writer Larry Baker. He has been a Pinkerton security guard, master-of-ceremonies at a burlesque club, the owner of an Oklahoma drive-in theater, and is now an acclaimed author.  For the past thirty years he has lived in Iowa City, raised his family, and played an active role in the community. Baker’s books have put Iowa on the map, both in the literal and literary sense.  It goes without saying that Baker’s talent extends beyond writing. For years he has taught history at Iowa City’s Kirkwood Community College and guest lectured at the University of Iowa. He is also a regular at Iowa City’s Prairie Lights bookstore readings and book signings.  Other books by Larry Baker are The Flamingo Rising, Love and Other Delusions, A Good Man and Athens America.

Author Larry Baker will read from, discuss and autograph his books at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Ave in Grinnell.   The event is open to the public.