Books

‘Hour of the Wolf’: Crime novel offers ‘riveting journey’

It's a dark night on a narrow, wet road, and a driver who's had a bit too much to drink veers off and strikes a pedestrian, killing him instantly. Pan ...

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‘Anatomies’: Collection offers striking picture of the body

Iowa City native Susan McCarty has penned an absorbing collection of stories in which human bodies - hale and frail - figure prominently. #x201c;Anato ...

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Area libraries reveal Linn Area Reads book

This year's Linn Area Reads selection is "The Book Thief," the 2005 award-winning novel by Markus Zusak. For 13 years the Linn Area Reads program has ...

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Former Iowa City resident explores our bodies in newest collection

Susan McCarty's short story collection "Anatomies" is filled with striking stories told in a variety of forms. Each investigates the ways in which our ...

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‘Avenue of Mysteries’ offers a rich tale

John Irving considers the numinous in #x201c;Avenue of Mysteries,#x201d; the author's 14th novel. The novel is much concerned with the supernatural as ...

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‘Guarded’ tells a beautiful story

Readers may remember I reviewed Angela Correll's first book, #x201c;Grounded#x201d; in fall of 2013. Correll writes from her Kentucky home surrounded ...

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‘The Heart’ is filled with connections, good wishes

Sometimes it's the simplest stories that pack the biggest punch. #x201c;The Heart,#x201d; the latest novel from French author Maylis de Kerangal, pack ...

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Book honors Percy Harris, first black physician in Cedar Rapids

When Ted Townsend, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital, first heard Dr. Percy Harris' story, he knew he was hearing something s ...

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Garth Greenwell: Inspired by move to Bulgaria

Garth Greenwell was deeply engaged with poetry, as a writer and a scholar. But a move overseas provoked a change. #x201c;Something about moving to Bul ...

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‘What Belongs to You’: New novel will linger with readers

Garth Greenwell's debut novel, #x201c;What Belongs to You,#x201d; is exquisite. Greenwell, who resides in Iowa City and earned his MFA in fiction from ...

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‘King of the Gypsies’: Myka’s debut is missing one thing

Author Lenore Myka's debut collection of short stories, King of the Gypsies, recently won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, resulting i ...

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In the final volume of his autobiography, Mark Twain reflects on unhappy times

The task of completing #x201c;Autobiography of Mark Twain#x201d; takes a powerful heap of commitment. The three-volume total weighs in at 2,121 pages, ...

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‘Run Like Everyone Else’: Debut novel shows readers a creative, whimsical world

If French author Anna Galvada and American director Wes Anderson wrote a book together, the result would likely be something like Dutch author and ar ...

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‘Secret Sisters’: Romance novel leaves readers rushed but satisfied

Jayne Ann Krentz has written more than 50 New York Times best-selling novels and this is the first one that I have read. I don't usually read the roma ...

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Dutch author, artist questions the ordinary in debut novel

While pursuing her master's in creative writing at Oxford University, Dutch visual artist and author Bette Adriaanse picked up an unusual part-time jo ...

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