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Iowa book lovers discuss their 2022 favorite books for grown-ups

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

In the words of Neil Gaiman, “books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside them.”

On this episode of Talk of Iowa — the best new books for giving and receiving this holiday season. Iowa book lovers join the show and share their favorite books from grown-ups from 2022.

Find a full list of the books mentioned here.


  • Jan Weismiller | co-owner of Prairie Lights
  • Tim Budd | buyer at Prairie Lights
  • Rachel Mans McKenny | Iowa-based author and podcaster
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio