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Old 01-20-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:36 PM
 
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that was a joke all along, you guys shouldn't have taken it so seriously.

oh well, new year, new president.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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I liked it so much, I kept it after all these years.
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho by way of Iowa City, Iowa
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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"
Beat me to it. Bill Bryson is absolutely hilarious too.
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Old 01-25-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: St. Joseph Area
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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"
Lost Continent is awesome! But I'd also second his other book "Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" In that book he talks about his life growing up in Iowa in the 1950s and includes quite a bit of interesting info about the state from that time period.

Bill Bryson Rocks!
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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The story of Dewey the library cat was great, it's like cat-lovers version of Marley and Me.
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Minnesota..California Dreamin'
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I didn't think of that one, but yes, it's a great book, if you like cats. I enjoyed it.
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:38 PM
 
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Just started What's Eating Gilbert Grape and loving it! Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:28 AM
 
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Jesus' Son is a darker and challenging book of fiction with subtle Iowa City references likely a byproduct from the Author's time at the UI Writers Workshop. This Denis Johnson's collection contains some praiseworthy prose.

The little seen movie of the same name is worth a rent though it too is not happy go lucky with its themes of addiction and recovery.
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