Books

Audio book review: Kenneth Branagh expertly delivers ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Kenneth Branagh's star-studded movie version of Agatha Christie's #x201c;Murder on the Orient Express#x201d; looks - based on the trailers - to be ful ...

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Review: ‘A Promise of Ruin’ is a historical mystery that resonates with 21st century

Dr. Genevieve Summerford made her first appearance in July 2016 when it was published by Sourcebooks Landmark. #x201c;In A Deadly Affection,#x201d; Ge ...

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Review: ‘Smile’ will knock the wind out of you

Irish author Roddy Doyle is often heralded for his snappy dialogue and humor, but his literary greatness comes from routinely providing readers with a ...

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Why it’s a big deal that comics star Brian Michael Bendis jumped from Marvel to DC

The key word in the announcement that writer Brian Michael Bendis was leaving Marvel Entertainment and coming over to DC Comics was #x201c;multi-facet ...

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Author profile: written history meant for family members turns into memoir about serving in Vietnam

After graduating from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids and attending Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Douglas Beed found himself unab ...

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Iowa's Calla Devlin overcomes dyslexia to become author

By several market estimates, 70 percent of all Young Adult books are purchased by adults between the ages of 18 and 64. Even allowing that some are bo ...

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'Life is its own horror story' for this author

Author Carmen Maria Machado might just change the way you think about horror writing. "Horror is a genre that reflects a lot of our anxieties but also ...

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Review: ‘Outside is the Ocean’

In Matthew Lansburgh's #x201c;Outside is the Ocean,#x201d; readers jump around in time to witness snapshots in the troubled tale of a single family. T ...

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Philip Roth is France’s newest literary superstar. Why?

PARIS - Philip Roth has never lived in France, reads French literature only in translation and has never set a novel in Paris, the cliched province of ...

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Review: Historical fiction ‘The Living Infinite’ unveils life beyond the palace for one princess

In February of 1864 Princess Eulalia was born to Queen Isabel II of Spain, a stubborn, independent child who would become as famous and beloved as Pri ...

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Secrets of the vice president’s residence revealed in new book

WASHINGTON - Despite its second-banana status, the residence of the vice president, a Queen Anne-style home on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in ...

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Review: ‘Hoover: An Extraordinary Live in Extraordinary Times’ captures complexities of 31st president

Years and years ago, I accepted a freelance marketing assignment for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum. I pitched #x201c;Great Beyond t ...

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REVIEW: ‘dinner at the center of the earth’

'Dinner at the Center of the Earth,#x201d; the new novel by Writers' Workshop alum Nathan Englander, is a novel of spycraft and romance. It's no James ...

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Iowa City doctor, soldier shares memoir on healing

Dr. Jon Kerstetter, who lives in Iowa City, is a remarkable fellow. His memoir, #x201c;Crossings,#x201d; recounts his journey to become a doctor, his ...

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Mixing Kafka with Jane Austen: Ishiguro wins literature Nobel

STOCKHOLM - Kazuo Ishiguro, the British author of #x201c;The Remains of the Day#x201d;, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for a run of #x ...

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