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Talk of Iowa Book Club

We love to read! We know many of you do too. That’s why we created a book club at Iowa Public Radio. Hear about the themes, characters and big picture questions raised by the titles on our reading list. Get a copy of the books, find a comfortable chair, and read or re-read with us.

The Talk of Iowa Book Club podcast is sponsored by Western Home Communities and Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Deming Foundation.

Latest Episodes
  • In this bonus episode of the Talk of Iowa Book Club, we continue the fall theme of memoirs with one from poet Stephen Kuusisto.
  • Host Charity Nebbe is joined by expert readers to discuss Bill Bryson's "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir."
  • In this bonus episode of the Talk of Iowa Book Club, host Charity Nebbe talks with author Markus Zusak about his most popular work.
  • Author Elizabeth Acevedo's "Clap When You Land," is the July Talk of Iowa Book Club selection.
  • On this bonus episode, Charity talks with DC and Marvel Comics writer, Benjamin Percy, about his book “The Dead Lands,” a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • On this episode, Charity discusses “Kindred” with professor Lakesia Johnson, artist Akwi Nji and student Amaya Dawson.
  • In this bonus Book Club episode, Charity talks with authors Lillian Daniel of “Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don’t Belong To” and Lyz Lenz of “God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss and Renewal in Middle America.”
  • In this bonus Book Club episode, Charity talks with DJ Savarese, author of the poetry collection, “A Doorknob For The Eye,” about alternative ways of communicating, fellow autistic artists and the impact of sharing his story through writing and film.
  • On this Talk of Iowa Book Club, Charity discusses “An American Sunrise” with author and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, then has a book club conversation with Linda LeGarde Grover, professor of American Indian Studies, and Mary Swander, former poet laureate of Iowa.
  • In this bonus episode, Charity Nebbe talks with Mark Hirsch, photographer and author of “That Tree: An iPhone Photo Journal Documenting a Year in the Life of a Lonely Bur Oak,” about slowing down, challenging the bounds of storytelling and inspiring oneself.