Talk of Iowa Book Club

Join host Charity Nebbe for the monthly on-air book club on Talk of Iowa

We love to read! We know many of you do too. That’s why we’ve started a book club. We’re hoping you’ll want to talk about the themes, characters and big picture questions raised by the titles included on our reading list for 2020. Get a copy of the books on the list below, make a cup of tea, find a comfy chair, and read or re-read with us.

You can listen to Talk of Iowa weekdays at 10 a.m. on all IPR News and News/Studio One signals or online at RSVP on Facebook to let us know you'll "be there!"

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2020 Reading List: Firm dates coming soon for on-air meetings!

  • February 12: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie- Ayana Mathis (fiction)
  • April 8: A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold (non-fiction)
  • May 6: Eligible - Curtis Sittenfeld (fiction)
  • June 10: Delights and Shadows - Ted Kooser (Poetry)
  • July 8: Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Birch Bark House - Louise Erdrich (fiction)
  • August: Storm Lake – Art Cullen (non-fiction)
  • September: The Mothers- Brit Bennett (The 2020 All Iowa Reads selection for adult readers)
  • October: A House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros (fiction)
  • November: Crossing to Safety - Wallace Stegner (fiction)
  • December: Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression – Mildred Armstrong Kalish (non-fiction)
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In her book Eligible, author Curtis Sittenfeld retells the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a modern, Midwestern twist. The Bennet family lives in Cincinnati, Liz Bennet is a journalist in her late 30’s and the bachelors Bingley and Darcy are wealthy doctors with coastal ties.


"A Sand County Almanac" was first published in 1949, but Aldo Leopold’s contemplative musings on conservation and land stewardship remain poignantly relevant.

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Did you make a New Year's resolution to read more? We're here to inspire you! Talk of Iowa is launching a book club.

We hosted the first meeting at 10:00 a.m. during the live broadcast of Talk of Iowa on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Author Ayana Mathis talked about her novel "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," and a few Iowans who read the book along with us also joined the conversation.