Books

‘The Red Collar’: Book on loyalty is not to be missed

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 ... »

‘The Star Side of Bird Hill’: Book offers a cool dive into different cultures

Naomi Jackson’s debut novel, “The Star Side of Bird Hill,” is a moving exploration of the ties that bind a family together. Fo ... »

‘Confession of the Lioness’: Plot full of metaphors is to be savored

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 ... »

Writers’ workshop graduate shines light on three generations, cultural differences

Naomi Jackson’s first stab at the book that would become her debut novel featured a first-person narrative. Phaedra, a 10-year-old girl upro ... »

Iowa man to read from latest memoir

Tim Bascom, a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, returns to Iowa City to read from his new memoir, “Runni ... »

Hot book titles to take to the beach

All summer reading lists by book editors are, in the end, exercises in vanity and folly. They will always be judged by values extrinsic to the book ... »

‘The Land of Milk and Honey’: A binge book for those with farming background

Eating food has become political. Whether you choose organic or not, choose to buy food at a large chain or a small market, our choices seem to div ... »

‘Playlist for the Dead’: Book loses its footing over tunes

In Michelle Falkoff's new young adult novel “Playlist for the Dead,” Sam finds his best friend Hayden dead after a disastrous encounter ... »

Farm and Food File columnist reflects on sweet farm life

Writer and grown-up farm boy Alan Guebert began writing his syndicated column The Farm and Food File in 1993 as a way to provide readers with hard- ... »

‘Elimination’ should be added to reading list

Jessica Bradshaw, a U.S. Congressman, is engaged in a tight election battle when someone fires shots at her after a televised debate. The shots mis ... »

High anticipation for ‘Go Set a Watchman’

With the release of Harper Lee’s second book, “Go Set a Watchman,” just days away, bookstores and libraries are ensuring they ... »

Kids explore America’s culture at the library

While the world awaits the arrival of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” many of us are rereading her classic “To Kill a ... »

‘The Eternal City’: Novel worthy of teen obsession

There’s a tween in my family who is obsessed with books featuring mythological characters. She’s been casting about for her next book ... »

‘Gotz and Meyer’: Family story, writing style are simply unforgettable

Many novels and non-fiction books about the Holocaust take place in Germany and Poland. But David Albahari’s remarkable short novel, ȁ ... »

Travel guides help plan perfect vacation

If you are not a frequent flier, you may have only one shot to make the most of your vacation. Planning ahead with a travel guide ensures you hit t ... »