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 iowapublicradio.org. 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.

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"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.