It’s been 20 years since author Sandra Dallas wrote The Persian Pickle Club, and fans have been hoping for a sequel ever since. Dallas has done one better with her latest book, A Quilt for Christmas (St. Martin’s Press, $17.99), a Ci [...]continue »
Kimberly Belle packs a punch with the gripping prologue of “The Last Breath.” And this debut novelist keeps readers turning the pages, assessing your beliefs and leaving you holding your breath all the way to the end.
The book [...]continue »
A good portion of Kris Kaiser’s self-published debut thriller, “Proclivity,” takes place in Iowa, including key scenes in Swisher and Cedar Rapids. Kaiser explained why in a note he included in the review copy: “I wante [...]continue »
One of the characters in Amina Gautier’s remarkable new collection of short stories, “Now We Will Be Happy” (University of Nebraska Press, $16.95), found herself a victim of teasing when she was 10 years old. “I had a b [...]continue »
Imagine Hansel and Gretel not as lost children in the woods but as city kids in a terrible foster home. That sort of reimagining fuels Jean Thompson’s “The Witch and Other Tales Re-told” (Blue Rider Press, 256 pages, $25.95), [...]continue »
Cedar Rapids author Ed Gorman’s successfully-drawn literary picture of Sam McCain’s coming of age comes to a close in the satisfying “Riders on the Storm” (Pegasus, 208 pages, $25.95).
Gorman introduced McCain in [...]continue »
Poet Frank X Walker calls forth the spirit of a civil rights martyr in his new collection, “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers.”
This powerful collection of poems, which revisits the assassination of Evers in Missis [...]continue »
Francine Prose’s new novel, “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,” is a story deeply invested in the nature of truth, the underpinnings of evil, and the power of love to undo or ennoble us.
Prose, a former faculty [...]continue »
I came to Lena Dunham, appropriately enough, at my therapist’s office. I was paging through the Aug. 13, 2012, issue of the New Yorker, waiting to begin my weekly session of labored oversharing, when I stumbled upon “First Love, [...]continue »
You might be one of the 30 million people who read Smith’s blog post titled, “Your Marriage isn’t for You” or one of the millions that saw him and his wife talk about that post on “The Today Show,” “ [...]continue »
In every review I’ve read over the past couple decades about cartoonist Yukito Kishiro’s series about a martial arts-trained cyborg — named Gally in all versions except in English translations, where she’s known, inexpl [...]continue »
In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy of Jonestown on Nov. 18, 1978, the Peoples Temple movement was portrayed in an almost exclusively one-sided fashion.
However, thanks to a dedicated team of scholars, journalists and survivors, a more [...]continue »
Writers have pondered the possibility of time travel — its benefits and possible repercussions — for years. In Omaha-based author Rainbow Rowell’s new book, “Landline,” she takes the argument in a new direction: [...]continue »
Elizabeth Enslin begins her memoir “While the Gods were Sleeping” with the story of her son’s birth in a small village in Nepal in 1987. After a long labor that wasn’t progressing, she takes off through the rural roads [...]continue »
The title of Jane Smiley’s new novel doesn’t go far enough to describe the reader’s experience. Reading “Some Luck” (Knopf, 395 pages $26.95) is akin to hitting it big in a literary lottery. This first entry in a [...]continue »