What are the best books related to Iowa?

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    #1Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World is a 2008 bestselling non-fiction book written by Vicki Myron and Brett Witter. It tells the story of a cat, Dewey, who was abandoned in the Spencer Public Library.

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    Wayne Bishop
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is an interesting read. It doesn't really give much detail on Iowa, though. There are better choices for the given solution, as well as better books in the world. Iowa is not central."
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    #2Dead Vault

    Dead Vault

    Dead Vault is a novel written by Daniel Eness. It was released on June  8, 2013. It is about a man trying to defeat the harsh effects of dementia.

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    #3The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

    The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

    The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the debut novel of Katarina Bivald. It was originally published in Augst 2015. It is a dramatic but inspirational novel about enjoying life.

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    Emma Meyer
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A book about reading . . . a book about a reading obsession . . . a book about a woman who would rather read than do just about anything else, who almost requires books just to survive? Sounds like my kind of book. In fact, it almost sounds like it might be about me (although my horses, my dogs, music and hiking give the books a run for their money on most days too). Swedish author Katarina Bivald brings us The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, her first novel to be published in the United States, and it starts with promise. Sara, a mousy former bookstore employee from Sweden, arrives in the tiny, hard-luck town of Broken Wheel, Iowa to meet and visit with her pen pal, Amy, an elderly resident of this little burg. Amy and Sara have bonded over books during their two-year correspondence, but Sara hits town only to learn that Amy’s funeral has just ended. She wonders if she should just return home, having unknowingly walked into a disaster after all, but the occupants of Broken Wheel convince her to stay for a bit. As Sara herself thinks, “As long as she had books and money, nothing could be a catastrophe.” I agree with this philosophy wholeheartedly, if I do say so myself."
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    #4Never on Sundays

    Never on Sundays
    Never on Sundays is a dramatic and realistic novel for adults written by Jason M. Steffens. It was released in September 2013. It is about a baseball player, a priest, and a lawyer and their lives that got connected with one another.
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    Jean Gardner
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I'm not sure where this book is set but whether it's Iowa, California, or Yankee Stadium, it's still not going to be a book related to Iowa. This is a book about faith, baseball, and a Baptist preacher. The only connection this book has to Iowa (besides it's possible setting) is the author is from there. For this reason I won't give it a zero rating but it's still not what I would think of in my search for books related to Iowa."
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    #5The Case of Nikki Pagan

    The Case of Nikki Pagan

    The Case of Nikki Pagan is a dramatic inspirational and realistic novel written by Rachel Eliason. It was released in April 2013. it is about a man who lost his ability to walk and a man who is fighting cancer.

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    Kevin Barnes
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book is fantastic. A story about three young people dealing with and moving past the curves and twists life throws their way. This is motivational to see how the youths overcome life's obstacles."
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    #6Heritage of Darkness (Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

    Heritage of Darkness (Chloe Ellefson Mystery)

    Heritage of Darkness is the fourth book in Kathleen Ernst's thrilling suspense and drama series for young adults, the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series. It was published in October 2013. It is about a murder that disrupted a family trip.

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    Emma Foster
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I don't really think murder is an appropriate theme for a young audlt novel. But I suppose murder mystery readers have to get started somewhere! So although it's not for me maybe it will be for your future mystery lover."
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    #7Here Lies Linc

    Here Lies Linc

    Here Lies Linc is a dramatic heartfelt story for pre-teens and young adults written by Delia Ray. It was first released in August 2011. It is about a mother and her son and their attempt to cope with the death of the father.

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    Vincent Ortiz
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I find it personally rather difficult to find books that focus on Iowa because...well, it's Iowa. This is a great book which happens to involve Iowa but is not really about Iowa."
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    #8The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir is a memoir written by iconic author Bill Bryson. It was originally released in 2006 and it is about the childhood of the author, who grew up during the Boomer Generation.

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    Nicholas Freeman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I loved this book. I felt like I traveled back in time to the 1950's. I've never been to Iowa, but thanks to this book, I almost feel like I have been. This is a great book. I don't want to give anything away, go read it!"
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    #9Extreme Prey (Prey)

    Extreme Prey (Prey)
    Extreme Prey is the 26th book in the thrilling suspense series for young adults, the Prey series. It was authored by Pulitzer-winning author John Sandford and was first published in April 2016.

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    Diana Castillo
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book was not my cup of tea, mainly because I am tired of reading anything about the election, or Hillary Clinton, or being reminded of anything about Hillary Clinton or the election. I like to read to get away from reality and this book just feels like a slap in the face in that regard. I feel like reality is taunting me. The other characters are really interesting however, and well-written, so I guess there are some positives about this book, but I was unable to finish it this time. Maybe I will pick it back up in a few years. Or maybe not..."
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    #10Grasshopper Jungle

    Grasshopper Jungle

    Grasshopper Jungle is an exciting dystopic story written by award-winning novelist Andrew Smith. It was published in February 2014. It won the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Award for Fiction, and the 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book.

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    Madison Black
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book has won several awards, and it very much deserves them. The premise is incredibly creative, and well-executed. This is really quite the enjoyable read from start to finish!"
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    #11State Fair

    State Fair

    State Fair is a bizarre dramatic but very colorful story for young adults written by Phil Stong. It was originally published in the spring of 1932. It features a close-knit family trying to enjoy the Iowa State Fair in the 1920s.

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    #12The Bridges of Madison County

    The Bridges of Madison County

    The Bridges of Madison County is a 1992 best-selling novel by Robert James Waller. The book tells the story of one National's Geographic photographer that wanders into the life of a housewife, for four days in the 1960s.

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Summary

Best What are the best books related to Iowa
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the WorldBooks 31 Paid
2Dead VaultBooks 28 Paid
3The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendBooks 26 Paid
4Never on SundaysBooks 26 Paid
5The Case of Nikki PaganBooks 24 Paid
6Heritage of Darkness (Chloe Ellefson Mystery)Books 23 Paid
7Here Lies LincBooks 20 Paid
8The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt KidBooks 18 Paid
9Extreme Prey (Prey)Books 15 Paid
10Grasshopper JungleBooks 11 Paid
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