Monday, March 19
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: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Monday, March 26
Mind-Body-Spirit Book Club
Our newest 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: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris
Tuesday, March 27
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: The Blackhouse by Peter May
Tuesday, April 3
Beaverdale Writers' Group
Join this group of lively area writers started by local author Jerry Hooten. Not a critique group; discussion centers around the publishing process and marketing your work once it's published. And there is wine.
Wednesday, April 4
Meet the Author: Carol Bodensteiner
Simple Truth is the thought-provoking story of a young woman who lands a career-making opportunity only to discover her client may be exploiting immigrant workers. With each revelation, she comes to question not only the client but also her own prejudices and her career. Ultimately she must come to grips with what she's willing to risk to help someone else.
Carol Bodensteiner is an Iowa writer who finds inspiration in the people, places and history of the state. After a 30-year career in public relations, Carol turned to creative writing because her mother kept urging her to tell their family stories. That urging led to her popular memoir Growing Up Country, Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl. Another family story inspired her first novel, World War I-era Go Away Home. In Simple Truth, Carol draws from her years in public relations to craft a story of risk, retaliation, and reward. Since she didn’t set out to write books, what she has to say at this point is, “Thanks, Mom.”
Tuesday, April 10
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: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Saturday, April 21
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: To Be Announced