Iowa

Middle-Grade Book Review: Hero for the Hungry by Peggy Thomas

Norman Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize after being called the Hero for the Hungry. His Iowa work-ethic and knowledge of farming helped many struggling with hunger in their country.
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Books that Came My Way in December 2020

My monthly round-up of new books added to my shelves including adult fiction and non fiction and children's books.
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Iowans are Strong – Derecho 2020

We are slowing getting back to normal after the Derecho went through our community.
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Children’s Book Review: A Gnome Story By Michelle Schlicher

A GNOME STORY Adventures with Murphy McWoo By: Michelle Schlicher Illustrated by: Hanna Piepel Published: February 26, 2019 Publisher: Michelle Schlicher Fiction Summer is the perfect time to share a story of a garden gnome. Two sisters lay in bed at night and imagine all the trouble their garden gnome could get into. He only…
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Book Review: The Way of Lessons By Michelle Schlicher

THE WAY OF LESSONS By: Michelle Schlicher Published: March 14, 2019 Publisher: Michelle Schlicher Fiction Imagine finding out that your child’s elementary school is closing at the end of the year. Try to explain to your child that the friends and teachers they have now will likely not be at their new school next year.…
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Book Review/Author Interview: The Most Fun We Ever Had By Claire Lombardo

THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD By: Claire Lombardo Published: June 25, 2019 Publisher: Doubleday Books Fiction We all have that family that we idolize. There is that idyllic family that is always happy, always seems to have everything fall into place, and their kids are successful and beautiful. In Lombardo’s debut novel, that family…
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Book Review: The Water Diviner and Other Stories by Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer

THE WATER DIVINER AND OTHER STORIES By: Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer Published: October 15, 2018 Publisher: University of Iowa Press Fiction/Short Stories     I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read another book published by the University of Iowa Press. I love sharing good things happening in our state and even though this author…
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Book Review and Author Interview: Good Apples By Susan Futrell

GOOD APPLES: Behind Every Bite By: Susan Futrell Published: September 1, 2017 Publisher: University of Iowa Press Non-Fiction Do you have a favorite apple? Have you ever thought of the work and care that goes into the planting, harvesting, and selling of the apples? Susan Futrell’s book takes readers through the history of the very…
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Book Review and Author Interview: Heart Land By Kimberly Stuart

  HEART LAND By: Kimberly Stuart Published: July 17, 2018 Publisher: Howard Books – Simon & Schuster Fiction/Women’s Fiction   * This article first appeared in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on Sunday, July 15, 2018. * Returning home to Iowa is not exactly what Grace Kleran had in mind. She never looked back after high…
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Books that Came in December 2017

Happy New Year to all of you! We are in the frozen tundra here in Iowa with a fresh 5″ of snow and wind chills have been as cold as -40 degrees. I am quite happy to stay inside and catch up on my reading. I have some great books to tell you about that…
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Stacie's read-in-2022 book montage

Master Your Core: A Science-Based Guide to Achieve Peak Performance and Resilience to Injury
Hidden Figures
Personal Effects: What Recovering the Dead Teaches Me About Caring for the Living
Waiting for Tom Hanks
The Maid
The Other Black Girl
Anxious People
The Body
Great American Road Trips- National Parks: Discover insider tips, must see stops , nearby attractions  more
Apples Never Fall
Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love
Love and Other Consolation Prizes
The Vanishing Half
How to Find Your Way Home
People We Meet on Vacation
Last Summer at the Golden Hotel
Wave
Dear Evan Hansen
The Unsinkable Greta James
The Road We Took


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