Coralville author’s new book tells story of a family, team and community

By Mary Sharp, correspondent

A star volleyball player at Iowa City West High School, Caroline #x201c;Line#x201d; Found, 17, wrecks her moped ... »

Pants Free Parenting: Lessons on giving from a child’s perspective

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I were driving into Target and she saw a woman on the grass holding a baby and a sign. #x201c;What does the sign s ... »

‘Live Like Line/Love like Ellyn’: A powerful story, well-told

Bill Hoeft is right. #x201c;Live Like Line/Love Like Ellyn#x201d; (Ice Cube Press, 310 pages, $21.95) is an amazing story.

And it's one that ... »

What's next for young adult fiction readers?

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" hit theaters Friday, the culmination of a four-part franchise based on the wildly popular books by Suzanne Co ... »

Gifted actress, writer’s new book pens letters to the men in her life

Actress Mary-Louise Parker hardly can believe she'll be seen as a writer when she arrives today in Iowa City.

"To me, (Iowa City) that's wh ... »

‘Dear Mr. You’: Memoir makes you want to read more

Mary-Louise Parker is a force to be reckoned with on stage and screen, having won Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

And while "Dear Mr. Y ... »

‘Manifestation Wolverine” highlights Meskwaki poet’s career

Ray Young Bear has been writing poetry for over 45 years and publishing it for nearly as long, but the Meskwaki author and poet isn't ready to reti ... »

‘Manifestation Wolverine’: Poet’s growth evident in compilation

To effectively capture the largest moments of our lives - a wedding, a funeral, a heartbreak - we often turn to poetry. Because the strongest poets ... »

Former Cedar Rapids mayor turns love of words into children’s book

It's one thing to run a city. It's another to write a book, as Lee Clancey can now attest.

Clancey, the former mayor of Cedar Rapids, has w ... »

‘Armada’: Pop culture book lacks punch of frontrunner

Back in 2011, I was one of many readers of a certain age who was ecstatic to discover #x201c;Ready Player One#x201d; by Ernest Cline (no relation). ... »

‘The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes’: Author continues down dark path with new novel

The collision of sex and violence drives Lawrence Block's new novel, #x201c;The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes.#x201d; Both are vividly depicted in t ... »

‘Lovers on All Saints Day’: Strange love story collection is a triumph

Love is not easy in Juan Gabriel Vasquez's latest collection of short stories #x201c;Lovers on All Saint's Day,#x201d; but it is realistic: a man i ... »

‘A Bale of Turtles’: Playing with words and pictures

What, you might ask, is a richness of ravens? It's a bunch of ravens, a noun of assembly, one of many that former teacher Lee Clancey has collected ... »

Yummy new recipe books hit shelves this fall

Fall is here, leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are starting to drop.

Short days and cold weathe ... »

‘The Truth According to Us’: Lengthy book fails to keep interest

Annie Barrows is the well-loved author of the children's Ivy & Bean series. She also received rave reviews after writing one of my all-time-favorit ... »