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Old 01-12-2009, 10:40 PM
 
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What are your favorite books on Iowa? I'm reading Emerald Horizon, which is fascinating and very well written.

The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa| By Cornelia F. Mutel | University of Iowa Press - The University of Iowa

Aside from the Bridges of Madison County (which I enjoyed), I haven't read any other books on or set in Iowa.

Any other recommendations?
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges ... takes place in fictional town of "Endora, Iowa" ... although a fictional community, this reading does a great depiction of rural Iowa life.
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Shoeless Joe (bases for the movie, Field of Dreams).
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" was a great movie. I'll check out the book. Thanks!
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" was a great movie. I'll check out the book. Thanks!
Book is better, in my opinion. (I know everyone always says that but really I think it's true.)
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Non-fiction: "Lost Continent" by Iowa born Bill Bryson. Not completely about Iowa, but enough to be a little Iowa-centric. Great analysis of Des Moines and people from here. It's a really good book, it's like if Clark Griswold wrote "On The Road"
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Minnesota..California Dreamin'
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I'm a big fan of the book the Bridges of Madison County- it really gave IA a good book almost anyone will like.
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:24 AM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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I'm going to go with the completely unknown Supergranny childrens' book series, by the late Beverly Van Hook. They are loosely based in the Quad Cities. I read them over and over as a kid. I don't know if any bookstores still have them, but they can be found online.
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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I'm going to go with the completely unknown Supergranny childrens' book series, by the late Beverly Van Hook. They are loosely based in the Quad Cities. I read them over and over as a kid. I don't know if any bookstores still have them, but they can be found online.
lol looks cute.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:40 PM
 
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Chronicles of Narn, IA.
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