Books

Thrills grip even ordinary Reacher

After seeing a mediocre-at-best Jack Reacher movie in October, I needed a pick-me-up in November. Lee Child delivered it with #x201c;Night School#x201 ...

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Review: ‘Vengeance’

Imagine finding out your brother died in an accident. You have to return to the place you swore you'd never go back to. Then, when you muster up the s ...

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REVIEW: ‘Thus Bad Begins’

The problem with searching for the truth is sometimes you find it, as is the case in Spanish author Javier Marias' new novel, #x201c;Thus Bad Begins.# ...

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Coming home: Author Eric Prochaska uses Cedar Rapids as backdrop for debut novel

As a child growing up in Cedar Rapids, Eric Prochaska was mostly a homebody, but on the weekends, he spent most of his free time at a local comic shop ...

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Review: ‘Before’

In all our lives there are moments - profound, joyful, heartbreaking - that cause our personal trajectories to split in two. After that moment, there ...

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Channeling her childhood: Author Lois Lowry will discuss writing, life in Iowa City

Lois Lowry never thought her 1993 book #x201c;The Giver,#x201d; about a boy coming of age in a dystopian future where all strong emotions and controve ...

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Review: ‘Commonwealth’

Novelists frequently are asked about the level of biography in their books. Is a novel a thinly veiled biography? What about the other characters? Are ...

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Review: ‘Ruler Of The Night’

David Morrell's #x201c;Ruler of the Night#x201d; is the last in his Thomas DeQuincey murder-mystery trilogy.That's a shame because the DeQuincey serie ...

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Review: ‘Mercury’

Our loved ones can become our blind spots - especially if we turn our gaze inward in times of trouble or passion. Margot Livesey, a professor of ficti ...

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Review: ‘When the Music’s Over’

Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks novels invariably include a great many musical references that often interrupt my reading when I head off to check ou ...

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Review: ‘Small Great Things’

In 2012, best-selling author Jodi Picoult saw a news story about an African-American nurse who was asked to be removed from the care of a certain baby ...

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Snorkeling inspires Cedar Rapids woman to create book to benefit ocean conservation efforts

Cedar Rapids resident Mary Lieder Cebuhar has long been an avid snorkeler. In fact, for more than a quarter century, Lieder Cebuhar has considered her ...

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Review: ‘Panthers In The Hole’

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and Louisiana has the highest rate in the United States: 1 out of every 55 adults i ...

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Coralville library hosts book sale Friday and Saturday

CORALVILLE - The Friends of the Coralville Public Library host a book sale from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Meeting Room ...

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Review: ‘The Underground Railroad’

Colson Whitehead reimagines the Underground Railroad - the storied network of people who helped slaves escape in the years prior to the Civil War - as ...

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