Books

REVIEW: ‘Moonstone, The Boy Who Never Was’

Icelandic author, poet, playwright and lyricist Sjon's newest novel, #x201c;Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was,#x201d; is a powerful, slim work detailin ...

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REVIEW: ‘Listen to Me’

Maggie has been traumatized by a recent mugging. Mark is contemplating an affair. As the married couple sets out on a trip from Chicago to rural Virgi ...

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REVIEW: ‘Eileen'

"Eileen" is a novel of delay. Ottessa Moshfegh's title character is now an old woman, narrating a pivotal moment in her early adulthood. From the begi ...

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Copy of first printed collection of Shakespeare’s plays coming to University of Iowa

Almost every junior high and high school English literature class includes at least one play by William Shakespeare, but without a single book, many o ...

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REVIEW: ‘Forty Thieves’

Thomas Perry just doesn't disappoint.Whether it's an installment in the intriguing Jane Whitefield series or one of his many stand-alone novels, Perry ...

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Review: Murder in the Roosevelt Hotel

On Dec. 14, 1948, the body of Byron C. Hattman was found on the floor of room 729 in the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown Cedar Rapids. What followed was p ...

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Review: Watching Edie

Revealing in the opening pages of a novel that your characters have a secret and then keeping that secret from readers for 250 pages is a challenging ...

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Review: ‘Once Upon a Wine’

Beth Kendrick has created a series of books all set in the same Delaware community. The other books in this series include #x201c;Cure for the Common ...

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Review: ‘Jane Doe January’

In 1992, Emily Winslow, then a college student in Pittsburgh, was raped by a stranger who followed her into her apartment building and forced his way ...

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Review: ‘Zero K’

In an isolated desert facility, individuals - some terminally ill, others simply eager for a new start - gather to be cryogenically frozen in the hope ...

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Review: ‘English River’

In the third installment of Iowa author Thomas Nye's YA Amish Horse series, #x201c;English River#x201d; Lenny has taken a semester off from college to ...

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Review: ‘In The Camp’

Margeaux Nall is just a few years older than the teenage narrator of her debut YA novel, #x201c;In the Camp,#x201d; but she has a knack for storytelli ...

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Youthful perspective: Fort Madison teen writes her own dystopian adventure

What started as a school assignment quickly developed into a passion for Margeaux Nall, a Fort Madison teen with a taste for science fiction and fanta ...

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Review: ‘Modern Girl’

I have read many books set during this turbulent time in our history, but nothing that has tackled the delicate subject of unexpected pregnancies in a ...

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Review: ‘Charcoal Joe’

We read crime fiction not so much for the crime, but for the detective. And Walter Mosley's famous detective Ezekiel #x201c;Easy#x201d; Rawlins is one ...

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