It’s the summer of 1919 in a small town in France, and a mangy dog sits outside a makeshift military prison, wailing “methodically, m ... »
While author Mia Couto may not be a household name in Iowa, he is in Portuguese-speaking Africa, and after reading his latest novel, “Confe ... »
In Michelle Falkoff's new young adult novel “Playlist for the Dead,” Sam finds his best friend Hayden dead after a disastrous encounter ... »
There’s a tween in my family who is obsessed with books featuring mythological characters. She’s been casting about for her next book ... »
In 2010 Piper Kerman was known to readers and booksellers as the author of “Orange is the New Black,” a memoir detailing her year in ... »
All classic stories have one thing in common: by the end of the tale, the main character has undergone a transformation — grand or small, he ... »
Eric Rickstad’s “The Silent Girls” was first published only as an e-book by Witness Impulse, an imprint devoted to e-originals ... »
When I learned that Sara Gruen was coming out with a new novel set during World War II, I was eager to review it.
Her best-selling book ... »
In “The Crime of Our Lives,” acclaimed mystery writer Lawrence Block collects pieces he has written over the years about other writer ... »
Writers’ Workshop alum Nickolas Butler knows the Midwestern landscape and the landscape of the human heart. In his debut novel, “Shot ... »
In Benjamin Percy’s “The Dead Lands” (Grand Central Publishing, 416 pages, $26), Lewis and Clark set off from St. Louis and he ... »
The main arch of Toni Morrison’s new novel, “God Help the Child,” is a steady one, but pulsing closely under its surface are a ... »
Move over Rambo, papa’s got a brand-new bag.
David Morrell, the former University of Iowa professor who introduced Rambo to the world ... »