Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Leah Weiss is s Southern writer, born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. This is her debut novel. She retired in 2015 from a 24 year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School.
As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don't Rise, is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons. The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty and homegrown grit.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
The summer read is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This book was written in 1967, originally in Spanish and has since been translated into 37 languages. The novel is widely acclaimed and recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon. Over 30 million copies have been sold.
Friday, May 5, 2017
From the jacket cover. " The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France-a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. "
The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club was treated to a poetry lesson during its May meeting. Kelly Hansen Maher read from her book Tremolo. Kelly, who is a native of Minnesota, explained how the call of the loons and other Minnesota memories entered into her book which centers around loss and grieving.
The book club audience, most poetry novices, found the discussion enlightening. We all left with a greater appreciation of the words, formats and sounds of the poems in the book.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
All are welcome to join us on the first Thursday of the month, 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop located at 933 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa.
Monday, January 30, 2017
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the Purlitzer Prize.
Drown, a collection of short stories.
This is How You Lose Her, more short stories.
The discussion will be at 7 pm on Thursday, February 2 at the Pioneer Bookshop, 933 Main Street, Grinnell.
Despite his overwhelming fear of interaction with people, Christopher, a mathematically gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
Mark Haddon is a writer and illustrator of numerous award-winning children's books and television screenplays. As a young man, Haddon worked with autistic individuals. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.
This book received the Whitbread Book of the Year and is a New York Times Notable Book.