Books

Prolific author’s latest focuses on secrets

Secrets betrayed and promises kept are on full display in Percival Everett's 29th book, #x201c;So Much Blue.#x201d; Painter Kevin Pace is 56 years old ...

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Author gives grief a humorous spin

You would think that a novel about a woman recently widowed by her much-too-young husband's horrific accident and her sudden entrance into the world o ...

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Review: ‘What We Lose’

'What We Lose,#x201d; Zinzi Clemmons' moving debut novel about identity, adulthood and sexuality, centers around Thandi, an African American woman rai ...

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Review: ‘Fail better’

I don't mind admitting that books about why baseball matters written by professors of philosophy may appeal only to a niche audience made up primarily ...

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Military wife Siobhan Fallon uses stint in Jordan as basis for latest novel

Siobhan Fallon's husband is in the military, and her new novel, #x201c;The Confusion of Languages,#x201d; was sparked by the family's time in Jordan i ...

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Review: ‘HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS’

Two people struggling to move forward in the face of crippling loss come together in Bianca Marais' new novel, #x201c;Hum if You Don't Know the Words. ...

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Review: ‘The Reconstruction’

Some personal tragedies are so sudden and so devastating that those left behind simply can't process the complete story - at least not right away. Tak ...

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‘X’ serves as engaging, smart commentary on life

Chuck Klosterman's writing is an engaging combination of style and substance. Sometimes the style seems to be Klosterman's dominant concern, but readi ...

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Iowa City author’s attraction to ruins in the Bahamas leads to first novel

When Iowa City writer Rebecca Entel first traveled to San Salvador, Bahamas, for an academic workshop, she learned about small ships carved into plant ...

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Historical fiction novel taps into Iowa history

Most of the World War II stories I read are set in Europe. A few are set in the United States, but usually on the coast. What grabbed my attention abo ...

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Iowa’s famous Surf Ballroom takes center stage in Iowa native’s latest historical fiction novel

Loretta Ellsworth grew up in Mason City and attended many events at the famous Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake while growing up. Since her parents met the ...

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Find the hidden gems in the library’s collection

If you're used to running into the library to pick up your holds and head out the door, you're missing out on some great lesser-known book sections.If ...

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Author profile: Beloved author Debbie Macomber wraps up OutLoud Author Series

Debbie Macomber is a big name author and a fan favorite.Calling from her home in the Pacific Northwest - on a #x201c;beautiful, sunshiny day#x201d; - ...

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Macomber’s newest novel tells a story of healing

Anne Perry, in her recent appearance at an Out Loud! Author series program, described the essential emotional support a chaplain gives wounded soldier ...

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Essayist faces ‘grit of life’ with ease in latest collection

Essayist Samantha Irby is the sort of person you feel like you've known your entire life, even though the title of her second collection of essays, #x ...

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