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." 

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.