Books Set in Iowa

Top 10 Books Set in Iowa : The Bridges of Madison County, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, A Thousand Acres, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Squashed, Here Lies Linc, Heritage of Darkness, The Princess in the Pigpen, A Wanted Man

The Bridges of Madison County
AuthorRobert James Waller
The story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere-and shows us...
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
AuthorVicki Myron
How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story...
A Thousand Acres
AuthorJane Smiley
Aging Larry Cook announces his intention to turn over his 1,000-acre farm--one of the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa--to his three daughters, Caroline, Ginny, and Rose. A man of harsh sensibilities, he carves Caroline out of the deal because she has the nerve to be less than enthusiastic about her...
AuthorPeter Hedges
Just about everything in Endora, Iowa (pop. 1,091 and dwindling) is eating Gilbert Grape, a twenty-four-year-old grocery clerk who dreams only of leaving. His enormous mother, once the town sweetheart, has been eating nonstop ever since her husband's suicide, and the floor beneath her TV chair is...
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
AuthorBill Bryson
From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s

Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century—1951—in the middle of the United States—Des Moines, Iowa—in the middle...
AuthorJoan Bauer
What a great YA book. So many of the YAs I read these days are dark and dystopian and although very interesting and very good reads, sometimes ya just need something a little lighter. While squashed wasn't dark and didn't have some intense teenage relationship it still made me really feel for the characters....
Here Lies Linc
AuthorDelia Ray
When 12-year-old Linc Crenshaw decides he wants to go to public school, his professor mom isn't so happy with the idea. He's convinced it will be the ticket to a new social life. Instead, it's a disaster when his mom shows up at their field trip to the local cemetery to lecture them on gravestones, and Linc...
Heritage of Darkness
AuthorKathleen Ernst
Chloe Ellefson returns with a new mystery rooted in Norwegian heritage For curator Chloe Ellefson, a family bonding trip to Decorah, Iowa for rosemaling classes seems like a great idea--until they start driving. Chloe's cop boyfriend Roelke takes her mom's talk of proposal ideas good-naturedly,...
AuthorJane Resh Thomas
I'm not eight. But I liked this book anyway.
This is one of those books that is short enough and easy enough for younger children, but still has some meat on it and some history thrown in, without being preachy. I'm starting to detest all those little fairy books and unicorn books, so this books came...
A Wanted Man
AuthorLee Child
Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia.

An hour behind them, a man...
AuthorKashmira Sheth
When twelve-year-old Seema Trivedi learns that she and her family must move from their small Indian town to Iowa City, she realizes she'll have to say good-bye to the purple-jeweled mango trees and sweet-smelling jasmine, to the monsoon rains and the bustling market. More important, she must leave...
AuthorMarilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church...
AuthorSean Doolittle
In Safer, a young couple moves into an idyllic little cul-de- sac—and ignites a harrowing journey into darkness as a shocking accusation is made, a family is shattered, and the mystery of a long-ago crime begins to unravel.

For Paul Callaway and his wife, Sara, moving from the East Coast...
AuthorNancy Price
4 ½ stars. Worthwhile read about a woman escaping a physically abusive husband. Fulfilling feeling at the end.

I saw the movie years ago. The book is better. One part of the movie annoyed me - stupid frustrating act of the mother. In the movie Martin visits the mother in a nursing home pretending...
AuthorHeather Gudenkauf
In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.

In the midst of a sudden...
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