Books

Review: ‘The Two-Family House’

Abe and Mort are brothers who live in a two-family brownstone in Brooklyn with their wives. Abe and Helen live upstairs with their four sons, and Mort ...

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Review: ‘The World To Come’

Jim Shepard is a patient storyteller, allowing his short stories the space they need to delve deeply into the emotional lives of his characters. His n ...

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Review: ‘Taduno’s Song’

'Taduno's Song,#x201d; the debut novel out this month by Nigerian author Odafe Atogun, begins with a startling idea: what if you could start a revolut ...

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A new sport for Dan Gable: Author

Wrestling legend Dan Gable is thrilled his book - "A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable" - has been picked up as this year's Linn Area ...

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Biographies offer both adults, children fun reads

National Library Lovers' Month is past but Cedar Rapids Public Library patrons show love for our libraries not only in February but all year long. Wha ...

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Author Profile: Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen seizes the moment to advocate for refugees

Did winning the Pulitzer Prize give Viet Thanh Nguyen a platform to advocate for refugees? Nguyen, who came to this county as a refugee from Vietnam w ...

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REVIEW | ‘MISTER MONKEY’

I have read each of Francine Prose's last six novels - just under a third of the fiction she has produced over her long career - and until this week, ...

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REVIEW | ‘WE THREE’

By Laura Farmer, correspondentAt first glance #x201c;We Three#x201d; by Jean Echenoz, recently translated from French by Jesse Anderson, is an adventu ...

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REVIEW | ‘MOVIEOLA’

Des Moines author John Domini takes us to the movies in his recent story collection, #x201c;Movieola!#x201d; The 10 stories in the collection are larg ...

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‘Bridges of Madison County’ author Robert Waller dies

CEDAR FALLS - Best-selling #x201c;The Bridges of Madison County#x201d; author Robert James Waller, formerly of Cedar Falls, has died.Waller, 77, who r ...

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Bestselling author connects love of history, fantasy in captivating young adult books

You might say that Alexandra Bracken's writing career is part author fairy tale. Bracken, who is not yet 30 years old, began writing YA fantasy novels ...

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Review: ‘The Kid’

#x201c;The Kid,#x201d; the new novel by Iowa Writers' Workshop alum Ron Hansen, recounts the brief life of the outlaw commonly known as Billy the Kid. ...

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Review: ‘Wayfarer’

#x201c;I've been orphaned by my time. The timeline has changed. My future is gone.#x201d;So reads the teaser for No. 1 New York Times and USA Today be ...

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Review: ‘The Adventures of Form and Content’

Poet and essayist Albert Goldbarth's latest book, "The Adventures of Form and Content," is a remarkable ride to the other side of the looking glass an ...

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New book celebrates rebirth of Brook Creek

A new children's book by a local author and illustrator tells the true story of the rebirth of a long-lost northeast Iowa trout stream.#x201c;Creekfin ...

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