“Team Seven,” the debut novel from Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Marcus Burke, is the story of Andre Battel, a young African-American man coming of age in Milton, Mass., a small town just south of Boston. Beginning when Andr [...]continue »
Imagine receiving a call from your father alerting you that your mother is suffering from delusions. Now imagine the next call is from your mother who maintains your father is lying and that she is attempting to expose a great evil. Who would you [...]continue »
The 2014 Iowa State Fair is just a few weeks away, and Kurt Ullrich’s collection of photos from last year’s fair might help you get in the mood for this year’s big event. “The Iowa State Fair” (University of Iowa [...]continue »
New York Times best-selling author and Dubuque native Heather Gudenkauf is back with a new novel that’s a perfect read for a summer afternoon.
“Little Mercies” takes place in Cedar City, Iowa, and follows the lives of ve [...]continue »
During a recent trip to Fort Lauderdale, I decided to read a thriller with a southern Florida flavor. Jeff Abbott’s “Inside Man” (Grand Central Publishing, 389 pages, $26) is the fourth novel featuring ex-CIA man Sam Capra (an [...]continue »
While it certainly seems to be the right fit for novelist Elizabeth Berg, she’s not afraid to admit that writing is a lonely profession.
But Berg won’t be lonely Friday when she visits Cedar Rapids where she’ll be speak [...]continue »
Writers are always told to “write what you know,” but let’s face it: some writers have more material than others. Thankfully, non-fiction writer and Decorah native June Melby has plenty, as evidenced by her charming — a [...]continue »
“The Fever” is loosely based on a real-life situation when 18 teenage girls at one New York high school suffered from tics and tremors.
Megan Abbott took that story and made it into a novel that will make all parents of teena [...]continue »
I read Douglas Coupland’s 1991 novel “Generation X” while I was in college. An X-er myself, I loved the book, and I remember thinking that Coupland had captured an essential ... something ... about my generation. Each of his n [...]continue »
“The Weight of Blood” by debut author Laura McHugh begins the way all good crime novels should: with a body.
When the dismembered body of Cherie, a troubled teen, is discovered stuffed in a tree, residents of the small town of [...]continue »
Last year Grand Central Station turned 100 years old. This drew a renewed interest in its history and the millions of stories of people who had passed through its doors. A group of best-selling authors decided to create their own stories set at G [...]continue »
I love historical fiction, but fiction that is based on the lives of real people makes it even more fascinating.
I had never heard of Lee Miller before Jeanne Mackin’s “The Beautiful American” but found myself on Googl [...]continue »
l What: Brian Bruns will sign “Rumble Yell”
l When: 10 a.m. to noon July 19
l Where: Barnes & Noble, 333 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapidscontinue »
In her new short story collection, Lorrie Moore introduces us to an assortment of characters struggling with mental illness or deterioration. In “Bark” (Knopf, 192 pages, $24.95), we meet families, friends and lovers who find themsel [...]continue »
E.L. Doctorow has a surprise hidden in the twisty folds of “Andrew’s Brain” (Random House, 200 pages, $26).
The deeply respected author, whose large body of work includes the classic novel “Ragtime,” offer [...]continue »