Books

Things to Do: Out Loud! author series brings Fresh Air

Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series — the collaborative program of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion public libraries  ... »

‘Thrown’: MFA grad writes about MMA training

Kerry Howley’s “Thrown” (Sarabande Books, 282 pages, $15.95) is a non-fiction book with a fictional narrator.

The book ... »

Sharing Shakespeare: Touring exhibit puts Bard’s words on display

A  first for the University of Iowa will showcase another first from a long (long) time ago.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shake ... »

‘Binary Star’: Gerard penned hypnotic narrative on eating disorder

A young woman in the grips of an eating disorder narrates her codependent relationship with her alcoholic boyfriend in Sarah Gerard’s debut ... »

‘On Immunity’: An introspection on inoculation, immunity

In “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” Eula Biss explores the anxieties and prejudices swirling through debates about vaccination. Biss, w ... »

Iowa City neurologist pens tales inspired by patients

Up until 15 years ago, Morgantown, WV, hosted an annual rattlesnake sacking competition.

Those brave — or foolhardy — enough t ... »

‘Splinters of Light’: Author finds joy in tragic tale

Imagine you are a successful 44-year-old woman. You have overcome raising your daughter alone after your husband left for a younger woman and start ... »

‘The Unraveling of Mercy Louis’: Writer is one to watch

Growing up is complicated, especially for young women in Texas, or so it seems in Keija Parssinen’s second novel, “The Unraveling of ... »

Stormin’ Norman back for second children’s book

We first met Andy Allen and his dog Norman in “Stormin’ Norman: The Soggy Doggy.”

Allen, an elementary school teacher ... »

Mark the end of the Civil War at Iowa City library

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. After four years of war with more than 620,000 Americans dead, the ship, accord ... »

“Act of God’: Book belies slapstick humor, goes deeper

Dealing with mold is never pleasant. Jill Ciment’s remarkable new novel takes that unpleasantness a step further, introducing the world to a ... »

‘Letter to a Future Lover’: Peculiar essays urge engagement

Ander Monson’s “Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries” (G ... »

Iowa City author, illustrator takes kids on Alaskan adventure in new picture book

You may not be familiar with award-winning children’s author and illustrator Claudia McGehee’s books, but if you’ve ever swill ... »

Memoir ‘House of Moffitt’ explores an earlier era of Iowa City

The Moffitt houses of Iowa City — each one built with scrap metal, parts salvaged from burned buildings and demolition sites, limestone from ... »

Spy, thriller novelist to speak in Iowa City Monday

Award-winning author Joseph Kanon of New York will read from and talk about his new thriller “Leaving Berlin” at a special eve ... »