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August 6, 2009 | Books,Iowa

As promised, here’s a list of Iowa books and authors.



  • Home: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson, who teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Iowa City. She has written several other books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Housekeeping. She also wrote two non-fiction books, Mother Country and The Death of Adam. Home is a companion piece to Gilead and a variation of the prodigal-son parable. The son, Jack Boughton, returns in 1957 to Gilead, Iowa, where his story unfolds.
  • Lassiter Hill by Daniel Dundon, who is a former reporter and editor for the Waterloo Courier and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. He now lives in Jacksonville, Fla. Lassiter Hill is a novel inspired by an Iowa murder case.
  • The River Road (American Fiction) by Tricia Currans-Sheehan, who grew up on a farm along the Des Moines River. She now lives in Sioux City and teaches at Briar Cliff University. The River Road is the sequel to her first book, The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors.


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Posted by Becky @ 6:00 am  

6 Responses to “Books: Iowa books & authors”

  1. magpie Says:

    Does Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres count?

  2. Becky Says:

    Yes, and I’m a Jane Smiley fan, but this list contains more recent publications.

  3. mayberry Says:

    I read Little Heathens last year and it charmed the pants off me. So great!

  4. laurie Says:

    I love place reading. Cool! :)

  5. Becky Says:

    Little Heathens was great!

    I go through weird reading phases, Laurie, but one of my favorites is place reading. :)

  6. Deep Muck Big Rake » Books: Turn Left at the Trojan Horse Says:

    […] on the shelf with Iowa authors. The inside flap said he lived in California. (Ah, but lots of Iowa authors don’t live in Iowa anymore, I thought.) I figured I’d look him up later and maybe […]

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