Books

‘Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall’: Magruder newest novel ends on somber note

James Magruder introduces us to a group of Yale graduate students living and loving in Helen Hadley Hall in the early 1980s. Magruder's #x201c;Love Sl ...

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Iowa native Kodi Scheer shifts from a career in science, medicine to writing

Kodi Scheer's new novel, "Midair," is a dark tale of four teenaged girls on a trip to Paris. The narrator, driven by a need for revenge, plans to take ...

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Author channels young boy, teenage girl in latest family drama

In his ninth book, #x201c;As Good as Gone,#x201d; multiple award-winning author Larry Watson returns to a theme common in his many works: what it mean ...

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‘Off the Grid’: Newest crime fiction may not be eloquent, but it is fun

I won't say C.J. Box is the most eloquent writer around, but I will say this: While reading about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett hoofing it across t ...

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Central City native pays ‘homage to roommates’ in new book

Author and illustrator Becky Simpson is one of the lucky ones. She had good roommates. Lots of them. #x201c;I have this whole catalog of memories and ...

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‘As Good As Gone’: Family drama confronts both external, internal conflict

Larry Watson's ninth novel, #x201c;As Good as Gone,#x201d; keeps his readers in familiar territory: the American west in the mid-1960s. It's a charmin ...

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Writer sets latest novel in Galapagos Islands, steeped in history

#x201c;'Spy' is a big word,#x201d; said Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Allison Amend.Amend's new novel, #x201c;Enchanted Islands,#x201d; imagines a sce ...

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Check out autobiographical non-fiction graphic novels

Books of all kinds in graphic format are becoming more and more popular. The Iowa City Public Library is following an example set by many others and c ...

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‘Enchanted Islands’: Spy novel uncovers circle of deception

Frances Conway, the narrator of Allison Amend's novel #x201c;Enchanted Islands,#x201d; is awash in secrets. Some secrets she keeps for professional re ...

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‘Security’: Debut novel uses twists to great advantage

#x201c;Security,#x201d; the debut novel from Gina Wohlsdorf, is a modern spin on Hitchcock's classic, #x201c;Rear Window#x201d;: a tale of voyeurism i ...

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‘Foreign Agent’: Thor masters art of suspense in latest thriller

The thriller genre featuring anti-terrorism protagonists is a packed literary scene these days with Brad Thor right there at the top of the heap. Thor ...

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‘So Many True Believers’: Story collection shows off writer’s skills

Tyrone Jaeger's collection of linked short stories, #x201c;So Many True Believers,#x201d; succeeds on two levels. Each individual story is a well-craf ...

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Popular blogger, author Jenny Lawson brings mental illness humor to Cedar Rapids

If you are thinking of heading out to see author Jenny Lawson speak on Friday night, but have yet to read any of her work, consider yourself warned. ...

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REVIEW | ‘PERFECT ICE’

By Rob Cline, correspondentIowa author Nicholas Mizet has penned a novel of family dysfunction on the home front and war in Vietnam. #x201c;Perfect Ic ...

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REVIEW | ‘SO MUCH FOR THAT WINTER’

Danish author Dorthe Nors' new work, #x201c;So Much for that Winter#x201d; (Graywolf, $15) is two novellas about women moving on with their lives afte ...

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