Monday, October 24, 2016

November Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Author

This month we have chosen to mix things up a little.   Each of us will choose a book written by Ann Patchett who happens to be a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop in Iowa City.   Each of us will discuss the book we read and will discuss differences and similarities.   Her titles include, The Patron Saint of Liars, The Magician's Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder and Commonwealth.   Patchett has won numerous awards and fellowships.

We will meet at 7pm on Thursday, November 3 at the Pioneer Bookshop at 933 Main Street, Grinnell.  All are welcome to join in our discussions at the group or on this Blog.

Monday, October 3, 2016

September 2016 Book Club Choice

Join us for a discussion of Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings.   The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet at 7pm at 933 Main Street Grinnell, the new location since July 5, 2016.

All are welcome to join this informal gathering at any time.    The club meets on the first Thursday of the month.   Making comments to this blog is another way to participate.

Sue Monk Kidd is also the author of The Secret Life of Bees (2002) which became a genuine literary phenomenon and was adapted into a movie.  

The Invention of Wings is a historical novel with actual historical figures like Sarah and Angelina Grimke and Denmark Vesey.  Kidd adds original characters to fill in the story.

Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Summer Read for the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club is on hiatus for the Summer.  The next meeting will be September 1 in the new location at 933 Main.  The time, 7:00pm.   At that meeting we will discuss Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling.  Now we know that Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter series.   This is the first mystery in a series of three.  The Cuckoo's Calling is followed by The Silkworm and Career Evil, all featuring private investigator Cormoran Strike.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

June 2016 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Book

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Ave. to discuss the reading of Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin.  Anyone is welcome to join us at 7pm, Thursday June 2, 1016.

Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer, he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle...

May 2016 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Pick

The May 2016 title for discussion is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old friend in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.

Rachel Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman's Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play. She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver.

Those who loved this book recommend the companion to it,  The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The April 2016 Book Club Choice

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will discuss Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat at the monthly meeting.   Some of you may have had the pleasure of hearing the author speak recently at Grinnell College.   Read about her visit by going to this link.

From the best-selling author of Brother, I’m Dying and The Dew Breaker: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. -- Good Reads

All are welcome to join our very informal group at 7pm, April 7 at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Avenue in downtown Grinnell, Iowa. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

March 3rd is Delicious!

The meeting of the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will be on Thursday, March 3 at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop.  We will be discussing Delicious by Ruth Reichl.   Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  We are located at 823 4th Avenue in downtown Grinnell, Iowa.

Ruth Reichl is a born storyteller. Through her restaurant reviews, where she celebrated the pleasures of a well-made meal, and her bestselling memoirs that address our universal feelings of love and loss, Reichl has achieved a special place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, with this magical debut novel, she has created a sumptuous, wholly realized world that will enchant you.
Good Reads

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

February 4, 2016 Book Club Choice

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet on Thursday, February 4 at 7pm at the shop located at 823 4th Avenue.   Come to discuss Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth, also a PBS television series.   Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London, in the 1950's.   This is the book that inspired it all.

Monday, January 4, 2016

January 7, 2016 Book Club Discussion

The January 2016 Book Club Choice is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.   This very informal book club will meet at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Ave. in Grinnell, Iowa.  The film adaption of this book is due to release in June 2016.

“Me Before You” is a love story and a family story, but above all it’s a story of the bravery and sustained effort needed to redirect the path of a life once it’s been pushed off course."