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‘Little House on the Prairie’ actress to speak at the ICPL

Melissa Gilbert, the actress who played Laura Ingalls on the television series ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ will be in Iowa City on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to celebrate the release of her new cookbook, which launches in bookstores that same day. She will be speaking at the Iowa City Public Library at 7 p.m., an event co-sponsored by Prairie Lights. In her book, ‘My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours,’ she shares her own favorite family recipes in addition to anecdotes and photos of memorabilia about the series. […]

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Book Plug: Stories of true crime

Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade By Walter Kirn The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas By Anand Giridharadas HBO’s latest hit, True Detective, shows just how far the detective story has come. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Murders at the Rue Morgue launched the genre’s formulaic […]

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Book Review: Rebecca Rotert’s ‘Last Night at the Blue Angel’

Rebecca Rotert’s debut novel, ‘Last Night at the Blue Angel’, is a literary page-turner with lovely prose and heart-wrenching relationships. It presents a singer on the brink of something big — be it fame, self-destruction or both. The singer’s name is Naomi, dysfunctional mother to Sophia, whose own name comes from a story of love and loss. […]

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Book Plug: Mortom by Erik Therme

The internet may have democratized publishing, but not everyone has something to write. Iowa City native Erik Therme did, and he self-published his first novel, Mortom, in February. Mortom unravels the story of Andy Crowl, an oddly chosen heir and cousin to a recently-deceased loner, playing “the game” his cousin set up for him. A […]

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Book Plug: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Boy, Snow, Bird By Helen Oyeyemi Helen Oyeyemi wins this month’s award for “book I’m most curious about.” Her newest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird takes inspiration from Snow White and wicked stepmothers in order to launch a complex discussion about race, identity, beauty and suffering. The setting is 1950s New England. The title comes from […]

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Book Plug: B.J. Novak’s literary debut

In February, B.J. Novak made his literary fiction debut with One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, a collection of 64 darkly comic vignettes. Novak is most well known for his work as a writer, actor and producer of NBC’s The Office. His comedy writing chops shine bright as short fiction. One More Thing shares […]

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