Books

Bittman offers a lot to love in cookbook with 1,000-plus pages

Do you ever begin cooking dinner thinking you and your family will be able to eat in 30 minutes easy only to find yourself 90 minutes later ... »

‘The Best American Nonrequired Reading’: Compilation includes range of writing

Each year, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes its “Best American Series,” a set of books collecting notable work published in the la ... »

‘Lost and Found’: Debut novel destined to be a classic

When choosing ideal traveling companions for a raucous cross-country adventure, most of us wouldn’t choose a 7-year-old girl whose father ha ... »

‘A Sister to Honor’: Book explores culture clash between east and west

Afia and her brother Shahid have come to America from Pakistan. Shahid came first to play squash in college. He then convinced his family in Pakist ... »

You saw the movie, read the book

CEDAR RAPIDS — The lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees this year sparked controversy, but there is a wealth of variety among the ... »

‘Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn’ speaks English in new editions of first graphic novel hero

If you’ve yet to be captivated by the graphic novel, here’s the absolute place to start. IDW Publishing has just released “Cor ... »

Lightning struck Lisbon woman, twice: How she moved on

When the lightning hit the first time, Beth Peterson is sure she died.

An Army specialist stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., she was walking o ... »

Iowa City native pens thrilling ‘Descent’ on literary ascent

IOWA CITY — On the cover of Tim Johnston’s new novel, “Descent,” one finds this blurb from author Alice LaPlante: ... »

Make #timetoread on National Readathon Day

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is joining hundreds of people across the nation in supporting the National Book Foundation in its first National Re ... »

‘Descent’: New novel will linger with readers

Tim Johnston’s new novel, “Descent” (Algonquin Books, 376 pages, $25.95), is a dark and beautiful book. Centered on the kidnap ... »

‘The Escape’: Satisying as a detective novel, less so as a thriller

David Baldacci’s “The Escape” (Grand Central Publishing, 370 pages, $28) is a meticulously plotted detective novel dressed in ... »

‘Disgruntled’: A powerful story of growing up black

Most Americans know architect Frank Lloyd Wright, but few know the story of his cook, a Barbados man named Julian Carlton, who brutally murdered Wr ... »

‘Inherit The Dead’: Writers meld talents for good cause

Writing a mystery novel offers any number of logistical challenges. Clues — both true and false — must be scattered through the text; ... »

‘The Lions of Little Rock’: A book for readers, writers

Plot and character development work together in a finely crafted novel. A character wants something but faces difficult circumstances. As she grapp ... »

‘Learning Cyrillic’: Short-story collection is meant to be savored

There are writers skilled at transforming seemingly banal, everyday matters into literature, and then there are writers who take these same moments ... »

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