Books

Review: ‘The Ones Who Matter Most’ touches on love, loss and meaning of family

This is my second Rachael Herron book, and I'm becoming quite the fan. I really enjoyed the first book of Herron's I read, "Splinters Of Light," cover ...

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Review: ‘Slow Burn’ author breathes new life in old characters

There's definitely more meat on the bone when Ace Atkins is at the helm of a Spenser novel.Atkins got the nod from the late Robert B. Parker's estate ...

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Review: ‘The Highwayman’ packs a punch with its tight plot

When it comes to classic ghost stories, we tend to think of Victorian authors like Poe or Dickens. But the modern world can be just as spooky - and fu ...

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Profile: Author Craig Johnson makes the West his home, backdrop for wildly popular ‘Longmire’ series

Being decent isn't often considered a secret weapon. But when you're working as a sheriff in the #x201c;least populated county in the least populated ...

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‘Extreme Prey’: Cedar Rapids native uses Iowa as backdrop for latest in ‘Prey’ series

Quite a few years ago, John Sandford told a small group of readers at the Barnes & Noble in Cedar Rapids that he might be wrapping up his popular seri ...

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Amana native’s book compiles stories from the Amana Colonies during pivotal time

Of all the famous Eastern Iowa artists, few may know photographer John Barry, who focused on Amana. Amana native and historian Peter Hoehnle, Ph.D., h ...

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‘Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams’: Sweet memoir fuels the soul

Before Susan Branch was a James Beard nominated cookbook writer, renowned non-fiction writer, and beloved artist, she was a thirty-something-year-old ...

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‘Pants Optional’: Book reminds you to laugh at motherhood

Today, many of us are honoring our moms by catching up over a phone call or gathering together for a meal and reminiscing. In #x201c;Pants Optional: ...

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David Means talks about the task of a first-time novel

When #x201c;The Spot,#x201d; his fourth collection of short stories featuring his usual suspects of down-and-outs and troubled souls, was released six ...

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“Playful Song Called Beautiful’: Blair’s prizewinning poetry crackles with energy

John Blair's poems offer readers structured forms, vibrant images, and a propulsive energy. In return, they ask for sustained attention and a willingn ...

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‘System of Ghosts’: Award-winning poet blends past, present

In #x201c;System of Ghosts,#x201d; Lindsay Tigue blends the past and the present and the communal and the personal in poems that are varied in structu ...

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‘Mary wept over the feet of Jesus’: Cartoonist explores Bible parables

For those readers interested in an exegesis of the genealogy included in Gospel of Matthew, most would turn to theologians like Jane Schaberg, not fam ...

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Writers’ Workshop graduate speaks to millennials, contemporary society

While his debut novel, "Private Citizens," is being hailed as a defining book for the millennial generation, Tony Tulathimutte didn't set out with tha ...

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‘Private Citizens’: Author critiques himself in sizzling new novel

Tony Tulathimutte's debut novel may be called #x201c;Private Citizens,#x201d; but his narrative approach gives his primary characters very little priv ...

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Writer tackles history in “The Houseguest”

#x201c;The Houseguest,#x201d; Kim Brooks' debut novel, began as a story of characters the author loosely based on her grandparents. The dire historica ...

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