Friday, November 3, 2017

December 2017 Evening with the Author

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will enjoy an evening with Larry Baker presenting his newest book, From a Distance, at the December 7 meeting.    We will gather at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop.  The public is encouraged to attend this special event.

This is the second appearance at the Pioneer Bookshop for Larry.  His last book, The Education of  Nancy Adams was presented to the club in 2015.   His other books include, The Flamingo Rising, Love and Other Delusions, A Good Man and Athens America.  Flamingo Rising was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie.

Larry Baker lives in Iowa City.

November 2017 Book Club Book

The Glass Castle was discussed at the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club meeting on Thursday, November 2.    Now  a major motion picture, this book spent more than seven years on the New York Times Bestseller list.   It is a truly astonishing memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Please join us any first Thursday at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 933 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa.   We are a very informal group.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

October 2017 Book Club Meeting

The club members selected If the Creek Don't Rise, by Leah Weiss, for discussion at the October 5 meeting.   The meeting will be at the Pioneer Bookshop at 7pm.  The group is very casual.  Please join us when you can.  

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.
----Good Reads

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A New Year for the Book Club...September's Pick 2017

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club is starting up after a summer rest.  The next meeting is September 7 at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop, 933 Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa.   We meet the first Thursday of each month, September - June.

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

Pioneer Bookshop Book Club June 20017 Meeting

On Thursay, June 8, the discussion will be about The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.   We would love to have you join us at 7 pm at the Pioneer Bookshop.   Our group is very informal.  At times, some of us don't even finish a book but the discussion is still excellent.

  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. "

May 2017 Pioneer Bookshop Meeting

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

April 2017 Pioneer Bookshop Book Club Choice

The bookclub readers will meet at 7pm on Thursday, April 6 to discuss Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures.    This book is a current best seller and was made into a major motion picture.   A remarkable true story.  These women were called computers!  This is long before we called those things on our desks computers.  They were a group of exceptionally talented African American women who were called into service during the labor shortages of WWII.  This book  follows the lives of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden for nearly three decades as they participated in some of NASA's greatest successes with their math wizz minds.

February 2017 Book Club Pick

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club discussed My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout during the February meeting.

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 January Pioneer Bookshop Choice

The club members are reading their choice of books by Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Junot Diaz.   Diaz will be visiting Grinnell College on February 13, 2017.  A reading will be held at 7 pm in the Rosenfield Center, Room 101.  

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.

The December Book

The December club choice is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

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.