Marion considering new library facility

MARION — An 18-year-old library in a 175-year-old city may seem still to be in its infancy, but in fast-growing Marion it's already past its ... »

‘Welcome to Braggsville’: Author earns bragging rights

“Welcome to Braggsville” (William Morrow, 355 pages, $25.99), the new novel by Iowa Writers’ Workshop grad and current visitin ... »

‘Girl on the Train’: A thrilling whodunit

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is everywhere — book blogs, magazines and on bookstore shelves — right now. It ... »

‘Moo!’: Story of car-driving cow a read aloud favorite

David LaRochelle’s “Moo!” is a funny and charming tale of adventure.

Who wouldn’t love a story about a cow joy-r ... »

One Book, Two Book Festival ‘blows story time out of the water’

IOWA CITY — When it’s the right word, just one word — or even just a sound — can tell an entire story.

Author an ... »

‘Love Sonfs for the Quarantined’:ISU professor crafts believable characters

K.L. Cook crafts stories populated by characters who seem wholly real. Each story in Cook’s award-winning 2011 collection, “Love Song ... »

‘The Maid Narratives’: Stories, no matter how small, are important

When we think of leaders in the civil rights movement, we often think of people like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X — powe ... »

‘A Replacement Life’: A serious, funny novel about war

“A Replacement Life,” the debut novel from Boris Fishman, is many stories in one. It’s the story of Slava Gelman, a young, str ... »

Boris Fishman to read from, discuss his New York Times ‘notable’ novel

Author and New Yorker Boris Fishman is no stranger to Cedar Rapids.

The summer after his freshman year at Princeton University, Fishman flew ... »

‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ selected as 2015 Linn Area Reads book

CEDAR RAPIDS — This year’s Linn Area Reads selection is “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” the 1962 novel by Ken ... »

‘New Uses For Old Boyfriends’: A light romance for Valentine’s Day weekend

After reading two books with depressing characters, I was ready for a light, fun read. I knew Beth Kendrick wouldn’t disappoint.

In Ke ... »

‘The Trace’: Couple’s journey through Mexico, tragedy haunts readers

A couple — Dale and Hoa — travels to Mexico’s Chihuahua Desert, tracing the apocryphal path of the writer Ambrose Bierce while ... »

Local Best Sellers


1. “The Girl on the Train” Hawkins

2. “American Sniper” Kyle

3. “God, Guns ... »

‘The Peripheral’: Futuristic tale thrills with action, intrigue

William Gibson’s new novel, “The Peripheral” (Putnam, 386 pages, $28.95), is set in two futures. The first is some vague numbe ... »

Cedar Rapids Museum exhibition explores world of children’s book illustrations

CEDAR RAPIDS — X marks the spot next to the most important piece in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s whimsical, nostalgic exhibition, ... »

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