Saturday, February 16
Environmental Book Club
This book club was formed out of an interest in raising not just awareness, but interest and the "environmental IQ" of our local community. Group members represent a range of interests and knowledge about environmental issues, and have set out to create and maintain a place where ideas and information can be shared in civil and welcoming ways. The community is welcome to attend, listen and discuss.
Selection this month: The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodelll
Saturday, February 16
Meet the Author: Stephen L. Brayton
An eight-year-old girl's life is at stake... will P.I. Mallory Petersen find her in time? Mallory Petersen, a Private Investigator in Des Moines, Iowa - and a fourth degree black belt with her own taekwondo school - splits her time between teaching martial arts, and her often inane cases. It's not that she wants bad things to happen to people, but it does make life more interesting when they do. When Mallory accepts a case to find Cheryl McGee's kidnapped eight-year-old daughter, she is pulled into the dark underworld of child pornography. The trail soon leads to the Quad Cities, where Mallory partners with tall, handsome officer from the Special Case Squad. As the investigation deepens, Mallory discovers there's more to the girl's disappearance than her client let on.
Stephen L. Brayton owns and operates Brayton's Black Belt Academy in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is a Fifth Degree Black Belt and certified instructor in The American Taekwondo Association.
He began writing as a child; his first short story concerned a true incident about his reactions to discipline. He was a reporter for both his high school and college newspapers. He has been involved broadcasting, trucking, hospitality, newspaper graphic design, and a pre-press camera operator at a publishing company.
He has written numerous short stories, both horror and mystery.
Monday, February 18
Urbandale UCC Book Club
The Urbandale United Church of Christ Book Club is now meeting at Beaverdale Books! Membership is open to anyone, so if you like good books and a good discussion, this could be your book club!
Selection this month: Growing Up Country: Memories of a Farm Girl by Carol Bodensteiner
The author will be at the meeting to join in the discussion!
Monday, February 25
Mind-Body-Spirit Book Club
Join this discussion of books that focus on the mind, body and spirit as art of an individual’s well-being. Authors will include Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Joyce Ru and others. The club will explore the author’s ideas and how they can incorporate some practical applications into our everyday lives to encourage balance and joy.
Selection this month: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Tuesday, February 26
Mystery Book Club
Come join this group that has been meeting for over 20 years! New members always welcome; all you need is a love of mysteries and a burning desire to talk about them with a fun group of folks!
Selection this month: Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb AND Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman
Tuesday, March 12
Hunter's Picks Book Club
The Hunter's Picks Book Club takes its inspiration from Paul's Book Club at Prairie Lights in Iowa City, which Hunter attended while in college. This book club will read primarily literary fiction. The quirk of this book group, like that of Paul's, is that Hunter will be the one choosing all book club selections. Suggestions are welcome, but Hunter will have final say. He's such a control freak that way.
Selection this month: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
Thursday, March 14
Beaverdale Book Browsers Book Club
Beaverdale Books' original book club is once again open to new members!
This book club was at capacity for a while, but as people come and go there are openings for new readers looking for a book club. The club started when the store opened in 2006 and has been going strong ever since. What began as a group of strangers has been a testament to the power of books to bring people together. Selections are eclectic and the discussion is always interesting. Food and wine are always part of the fun as well. Anyone is welcome!
Selection this month: The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook