March Book Clubs at Kona Stories

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Kona Stories community bookstore offers a variety of book clubs. Groups meet monthly to discuss books of fiction, travel and non-fiction.

The fiction group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, travel meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the non-fiction group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Book groups are free if books are purchased from Kona Stories or with a $5 donation.


Bring a pūpū or beverage to share and come prepared to discuss the following books. You can choose to attend any or all of these groups.

Fiction Group: March 14, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Kona Stories Book Store
The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres

The Edwardian era has just begun, and in the idyllic countryside outside of London, young Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up inseparable from their neighbors, the two Pitt brothers and the three Pendennis boys. But 12 years later, the outbreak of World War I brings their days of youthful camaraderie to an abrupt end. In the years that follow, these childhood pals will be scattered across Europe from the trenches of France to the British hospitals where the McCosh sisters serve. Some will lose their lives, some, their loved ones, some, their faith and all of them will lose their innocence. At the center of their stories, always, is Rosie in love with one of her childhood friends and beloved by another facing the collapse of the world she has always known, and the birth of another from its ashes. A sumptuous, sweeping, powerfully moving work of fiction, The Dust That Falls from Dreams is a story of profound loss and indelible hope.


Travel Group: March 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Kona Stories Book Store 
Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler

It is the coldest, windiest, driest place on Earth, an icy desert of unearthly beauty and stubborn impenetrability. For centuries, Antarctica has captured the imagination of our greatest scientists and explorers, lingering in the spirit long after their return. Shackleton called it “the last great journey;” for Apsley Cherry-Garrard, it was the worst journey in the world. This is a book about the call of the wild and the response of the spirit to a country that exists perhaps most vividly in the mind. Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica, living with its scientists and dreamers. No book is more true to the spirit of that continent—beguiling, enchanted and vast beyond the furthest reaches of our imagination. Chosen by Beryl Bainbridge and John Major as one of the best books of the year, recommended by the editors of Entertainment Weekly and the Chicago Tribune, one of the Seattle Times’s top ten travel books of the year, Terra Incognita is a classic of polar literature.

Non-Fiction Group: March 28, 2017,  6 p.m., Kona Stories Book Store 
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade


When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt, with its economy and dignity under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary Coast routinely captured American merchant ships and held the sailors as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. For 15 years, America had tried to work with the four Muslim powers (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers and Morocco) driving the piracy, but negotiation proved impossible. Realizing it was time to stand up to the intimidation, Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy and Marines to blockade Tripoli—launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status. Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.” Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recapture this forgotten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.

Kona Stories is located in the Keauhou Shopping Center in the courtyard shops on the KTA side.

For more information, call Brenda or Joy at (808) 324- 0350 or go online.

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