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Local booksellers share their top summer reads for adults

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Charity Nebbe chats with independent Iowa booksellers about their favorite reads for the summer.

Whether you're looking for scientific exploration, captivating memoir, or an opportunity to get lost in a novel, IPR has something to make your summer reading list. For the summer books show on Talk of Iowa we're getting recommendations from some of Iowa's leading independent booksellers, Jan Weissmiller and Tim Budd of Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City and Abigail Paxton of Storyhouse Book Pub in Des Moines.


  • Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights Bookstore
  • Tim Budd, Prairie Lights Bookstore
  • Abigail Paxton, Storyhouse Book Pub

You can find a list of the books mentioned in the show and more here.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.