Books

Writer tackles history in “The Houseguest”

#x201c;The Houseguest,#x201d; Kim Brooks' debut novel, began as a story of characters the author loosely based on her grandparents. The dire historica ...

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REVIEW | ‘ANIMAL KEEPERS’

Donn Behnke isn't a great writer, and it shows. He is a great coach, though, and that most definitely shows.Read #x201c;The Animal Keepers#x201d; (KCI ...

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REVIEW | ‘THE HOUSEGUEST’

As Nazi atrocities threatened the Jews of Europe, members of the American Jewish community were deeply divided over ways to sound the alarm and aid th ...

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REVIEW | ‘THE FORGOTTEN ROOM’

Three best-selling authors have come together to write #x201c;The Forgotten Room,#x201d; a novel about three women united by one iconic New York City ...

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REVIEW | ‘VESSELS’

When Iowa graduate Daniel Raeburn met his wife at a party, he was stuck in an extended adolescence, as he describes in his debut non-fiction work, #x2 ...

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‘Negroland’: Memoir highlights challenges blacks still face

In her memoir, "Negroland," Margo Jefferson describes the hard won but tenuous position of upper echelon black families in the middle of the 20th cent ...

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‘Bottomland’: Narrative form choice dooms promising novel

Set in Western Iowa at the end of World War I, Michelle Hoover's second novel, "Bottomland," is the story of one farming family struggling to come to ...

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Margo Jefferson’s memoir tackles life in Chicago’s black elite circle

Margo Jefferson's memoir, #x201c;Negroland,#x201d; grew out of several intersecting impulses.First, the Pulitzer Prize-winning theater and book critic ...

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Free Comic Book Day lures new readers into stores

IOWA CITY - May 7 marks Free Comic Book Day for comic book retailers across the country. The event, launched in 2002, sees retailers give away specia ...

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Q&A: Writer Janice Kaplan talks about living, working with gratitude

Janice Kaplan is a writer, television producer and former editor-in-chief of "Parade," the Sunday newspaper-insert magazine with a circulation of more ...

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‘Seeing Red’: Strong writing offers insight into world of blindness

Chilean author Lina Meruane's startling English language debut #x201c;Seeing Red#x201d; is about a writer suffering from an illness that leaves her bl ...

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‘Can’t and Won’t’: Davis’ collection goes straight to the heart

Lydia Davis, who is the 2015-2016 writer-in-residence for the University of Iowa's Magid Center, appears to think about short stories broadly even as ...

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‘Sensation Comics’: Wonder Woman collection proves heroine stands for hope, fairness

"Batman v. Superman" has opened to less than stellar reviews, but I still have a glimmer of hope that the movie's portrayal of Wonder Woman is strong ...

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Publisher to discuss graphic novels, comic books as art at Mission Creek

If you've read and enjoyed graphic novels in the past 40 years - from work by R. Crumb or Bill Griffith to the Hernandez Brothers or Chris Ware or sco ...

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Authors converge on Iowa City for Mission Creek

The Mission Creek Festival will host more than 30 literary events in multiple venues in downtown Iowa City, most of which are free and open to the pub ...

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