Books

Review: ‘Grant Park’

Leonard Pitts, Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist whose work can be found on the Insight pages of The Gazette. He is also a novelist, and his n ...

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REVIEW: ‘Baho!’

It's hard to believe that there has never been a Burundian novel translated into English before. But the good people at Phoneme Media thankfully decid ...

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Something for everyone at Iowa City Book Festival

When the Iowa City Book Festival started eight years ago, it was envisioned as a way to say thank you to the many volunteers who a few months earlier ...

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Review: ‘Panacea’

Imagine a substance that once consumed would cure you of any and all ailments and disorders overnight - literally. Would you take it? Would you share ...

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Review: ‘November Storm’

Robert Oldshue's debut short story collection, #x201c;November Storm,#x201d; is the 2016 winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and deservedly so. Ol ...

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Practicing sympathy: Doctor, author humbled by Iowa Short Fiction award based on debut collection

Though Robert Oldshue would be quick to tell you his knowledge of Iowa is limited at best, he is well-versed in the writing of the Iowa Writers' Works ...

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Review: ‘Being Mortal’

I learned a lot about dying during my time working in hospice. I saw families overcome with grief. But I also saw relief in some families, realizing t ...

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Review: ‘Eva Sleeps’

To the list of epic star-crossed lovers, add the names Gerda and Vito. Like Romeo and Juliet, like Ennis and Jack, the romance at the center of Italia ...

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Review: ‘Ghosts of War’

Every time I start a counterterrorism thriller, I have to stop and sort things out a bit to make sure I'm recalling who's done what. Did Mitch Rapp do ...

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W.P. Kinsella, whose novel inspired 'Field of Dreams', dies at 81

(Reuters) - Canadian author W.P. Kinsella, best known for his baseball novel "Shoeless Joe" which was adapted into the popular film "Field of Dreams," ...

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Review: ‘Chronicle of a Last Summer’

Author Yasmine El Rashidi's debut novel, #x201c;Chronicle of a Last Summer,#x201d; is actually the story of three beastly hot summers in Cairo: the fi ...

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Review: ‘Falling’

Romance novels aren't usually my first choice, but sometimes it is nice to work in a lighter read. After reading the premise of #x201c;Falling#x201d; ...

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Teamwork: Local authors combine talents to write first book in a trilogy

Jordan Pinckney and Will Lenzen Jr. each had a story idea. As fate would have it, they met and soon merged those ideas in "Destined," their debut nove ...

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Review: ‘Destined’

Readers love series. The chance to return to a familiar story and a set of beloved characters over the course of several books is appealing, and it dr ...

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Review: ‘Prohibition in Eastern Iowa’

Are you one of the many Iowans who never knew Iowa had a Prohibition law? Linda McCann's latest book covers the 13-plus years when it was illegal to m ...

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