© 2022 Iowa Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

2014 Summer Book List

Wikimedia Commons

Summer brings with it many pleasures, and if you’re lucky one of those is the time to dig into a great book.  During this hour on Talk of Iowa, Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City and Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter in Knoxville join host Charity Nebbe. 



 My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

Norwegian by Night by Derek E. Miller

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Last Policeman / Countdown City / World of Trouble (series) by Ben H. Winters

The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead / Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway (series) by Sara Gran

  Something Red / The Wicked (series) by Douglas Nicholas

(Historical Fiction / Fantasy)

I Shall be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
(Historical Fiction / Civil War)

Runner by Patrick Lee
(Thriller / Sci-Fi)

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens who Made England by Dan Jones
(History / Medieval)

Casebook by Mona Simpson

Thunderstruck  by Elizabeth McCracken

Off Course  by Michele Huneven


Bark by Lorrie Moore

Family Feeling by Jean Ross Justice

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

Of the Queen of Persia by Joan Chase

The Dismal Science by Peter Mountford

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

The Last Days of California by Mary Miller

 In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen

The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert


Eighty Days : Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman

Curiosity’s Cats:  Writers on research by Bruce Joshua Mill (non-fiction)

During the Reign: The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip by Kevin Brockmeier

Slices of Life by Leah Eskin

 e.e. cummings: a life by Susan Cheever

Updike by Adam Begley

Living with a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich


Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo by Kent Nerburn

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer