Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Club Summer Vacation

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will take a summer break.    Our next meeting will be September 4, 2014.  We will discuss Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse.  On October 2, 2014 we will discuss Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.   All are welcome to join in with our informal book group.  See you in the Fall! 


Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 2014 Book Club Meeting

The Pioneer Bookshop reading group will meet on Thursday, May 1 at the Pioneer Bookshop to discuss The Remains of the Day by 
Kazuo Ishiguro.  The discussion begins at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

March and April 2014 Book Club Selection

Update:   A Prayer for Owen Meany has been held over for further discussion on April 3.   

On Thursday, March 6 at 7pm, the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet to discuss A Prayer for Owen Meany.   All are welcome to join in this informal discussion.

John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany is the inspiring modern classic that introduced two of the author’s most unforgettable characters, boys bonded forever in childhood: the stunted Owen Meany, whose life is touched by God, and the orphaned Johnny Wheelwright, whose life is touched by Owen. From the accident that links them to the mystery that follows them–and the martyrdom that parts them–the events of their lives form a tapestry of fate and faith in a novel that is Irving at his irresistible best.  --Goodreads

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

February 2014 Book Club and Author Event

 The Pioneer Bookshop will host author Patrick Irelan on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6pm.   Irelan will discuss his newest book, The Miracle Boy.  This event is open to the public.

Living with miracles is not as easy as people think. A boy walks on water, but that’s perhaps the simplest miracle of all in this collection of engaging short stories full of both everyday and far out miracles. Some real, some hopeful. Love and travel, as well as wit and humor spice these tales of wishful wonder.
Patrick Irelan is the author of two memoir collections, Central Standard (Univ of Iowa, 2002) and A Firefly In The Night both set in the heart of the Midwest. He is also the author of a previous collection of short stories entitled Reruns.
----Ice Cube Press

Friday, December 20, 2013

January 2014 Book Club Title

The first book club meeting of 2014 will feature Lord of the Flies by William Golding as the central topic.   The discussion will begin at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the Pioneer Bookshop.    We welcome new readers to join us.  It is a very informal gathering. 

Lord of the Flies is a dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results.
First Published September 17, 1954
Source: Wikipedia

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 2013 Book Club Choice

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner will be discussed at the December meeting of the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club.   The group gathers at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell, Iowa, on Thursday, December 5..   New members are welcome and greatly appreciated.   The group is very casual and informal.

Called a “magnificently crafted story...brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in the Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century.

Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.  (Random House)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

November 2013 Reading Choice

 The Seance by John Harwood.

The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 7, at 7pm at the Pioneer Bookshop.  The Seance is John Harwood’s brilliant second novel, a gripping gothic thriller set in late-Victorian England. It is a world of apparitions, of disappearances and unnatural phenomena, of betrayal and blackmail and black-hearted villains—and murder. For Constance’s bequest comes in two parts: a house and a mystery. Years before, a family disappeared at Wraxford Hall, a decaying mansion in the English countryside with a sinister reputation. Now the Hall belongs to Constance. And she must descend into the darkness at the heart of the Wraxford Mystery to find the truth, even at the cost of her life.

Books we will be discussing in the future are, 

  • December; Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner 
  • January; Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
  • February; Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving