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Talk of Iowa Book Club
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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 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.
  • On this episode, a conversation about Richard Powers’ "The Overstory."
  • For this BONUS Talk of Iowa Book Club episode, Charity talks with Kiley Reid about her debut novel, "Such a Fun Age."
  • On this bonus episode, we talk about the lasting impact of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" and its continued relevancy - now more than 50 years later.
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses Walter Tevis' "The Queen's Gambit."
  • On this bonus episode, we talk with two-time expert reader Caleb Rainey. Rainey is a poet and spoken word performer who performs under the name, “The Negro Artist.”
  • Host Charity Nebbe discusses "Mother Night" with Vonnegut scholars Jerome Klinkowitz and Suzanne McConnell, as well as first-time Vonnegut reader Caleb Rainey, for a discussion of this timeless modern classic.