Reviews

‘The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons’: Short fiction winners worthy of the prize

The stories in Heather A. Slomski’s “The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons” (University of Iowa Press, 125 pages, $16) are driven b ... »

‘Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography’: Book is a must for any Ingalls fan

In 1929, when Laura Ingalls Wilder was 63 years old, she sat down with a pencil and six writing tablets and wrote the story of her life growing up ... »

‘When Mystical Creatures Attack!’: Collection of linked stories explores dark places

Don’t let the whimsical title and cover art fool you. “When Mystical Creatures Attack!” (University of Iowa Press, 163 pages, ... »

‘Loitering’: Collection invites reader to loiter

In the preface to his new collection of essays, Charles D’Ambrosio writes of his initial attraction to the form: “Essays were the wor ... »

‘Not My Father’s Son’: Actor’s memoir wonderfully written

In the spring of 2010, Scottish actor Alan Cumming (known for his roles on Broadway and television’s The Good Wife, among others) was offere ... »

‘God Loves Hair’: Novel equally appealing to teens, adults

The stories in Vivek Shraya’s collection “God Loves Hair” (Arsenal Pulp Press, 112 page, $18.95) are linked vignettes describi ... »

‘Taking Flight’: 18 years offers ample fodder for first memoir

Most of us would not have considered writing a memoir when we were just 18. How much life had we really lived at that point? But by the time profes ... »

‘Yesterdays’: Telling your own stories

You’ll find charm and humanity aplenty in “Yesterdays: Memoirs from the Gray Hawk Writers” (CreateSpace, 319 pages, $14.95). ... »

‘Ambitions’ falls short of expectations

Joseph Dobrian’s new novel, “Ambitions,” is itself fairly ambitious. The novel, which is set in State City, Iowa (a re-imagini ... »

‘Lila’: Pulitizer-prize winner pens sequel worth waiting for

In her Pulitzer-prize winning novel “Gilead,” Marilynne Robinson explored the depths of the aged Rev. John Ames as he wrote reflectio ... »

‘Relatively Indolent But Relentless’: Journal of journey through cancer treatment turned into graphic novel

Matt Freedman began a handwritten journal on Oct. 3, 2012. The visual artist, who is a graduate of the University of Iowa, filled four pages each d ... »

‘The Book of Unknown Americans’: Novel is a story for all Americans

Most novels tell the story of one person, or, in some cases, one family. In “The Book of Unknown Americans,” author and Iowa Writers& ... »

‘An Unseemly Wife’: Author pens first novel at age 72

Ruth and Aaron are living the idyllic Amish life with their four children and one on the way. Their life is far removed from the English, as they c ... »

‘A Quilt Club For Christmas’: ‘Pickle Club’ prequel worth the wait for Dallas fans

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 d ... »

‘The Last Breath’: Betrayal, importance of forgiveness integral to debut novel

Kimberly Belle packs a punch with the gripping prologue of “The Last Breath.” And this debut novelist keeps readers turning the pages ... »

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