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Monday, January 21
6:00 p.m.
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: The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

Tuesday, January 22
7:00 p.m.
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

10:00 a.m.
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

Sunday, January 27
2:00 p.m.
Meet the Author: Dr. Jean Wolf
Billy Love's Secret Crusaders

It is 1950 and with World War II finally over the world is calm, or is it? In this third book of the Billy Love Trilogy the Wolf family evolves as new people enter the scene. Secrets and spies abound as the Cold War encompasses the world.

Four women are again central to the story: Billy Love, Katerina, Elisabetha and Eva. Their commitment and love for their forsaken German children - Ursula, Renata, Wolfgang and Ruthie - leads them into unprecedented situations. The horrors of war are entrenched in the memories of the children, often times playing out in heartbreaking ways. Will they ever truly escape the nightmares that plague their young minds?

Nurse May Phillips is introduced. She initiates innovative psychiatric therapies for children. But Nurse Phillips herself is secretive and elusive. What is her true mission? Katerina searches for her elusive Russian family after a mysterious trunk shows up on her doorstep. Its treasures lead her on a journey deep within communist territory. Who or what will she find?

Eva Braun avoids publicity and flees New York City seeking restoration of her soul. What she discovers in a mountain inn will lead to new understandings about faith and hope.

This historical novel reveals the maturation of a family's commitment to the challenges of history. It features an unrelenting motivation of a determined and remarkable group of women.

Dr. Jean Wolf grew up in a small town in Iowa, where she experienced a childhood filled with adventures. She made a yearly trek to Okoboji, where she stayed in a cottage with her grandparents, and cavorted with some of her “Wolf” cousins. Her parents, grandparents, and cousins’ personalities and quirks influenced some of the characters in the novel.

Her grandfather was a column writer for a small publication in Lytton, Iowa. He was a prolific story teller, frequently gathering the grandchildren around him, spinning tales of his life. The decade in which the book is set was inspired by his adult experiences.

The story line in the book was prompted by the author's research into her German roots. She discovered many generations of Wolfs lived in Darmstadt, prior to her great-great grandfather immigrating to the United States.

Jean has a Master of Arts in Nursing from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. In Higher Education from Iowa State University. She spent over 30 years as a nurse educator at Grand View University, where she used storytelling to teach the art of nursing practice. Billy Love's Secret Crusaders is her third novel.

Tuesday, January February 12
7:00 p.m.
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 Dog of the South by Charles Portis

Thursday, February 14
7:00 p.m.
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: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Monday, February 25
6:00 p.m.
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: Destressifying by davidji