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Established in 2003, The Iowa Center for the Book established All Iowa Reads as a book selected each year to be read across the state of Iowa. Libraries and organizations across the state help support the process with displays, events, and reading groups. Over the years it has grown to include an additional book for Teens and one for Children. This year they are partnering with Nebraska for both states to read one book. This lead to a delay in the announcement and as a result they released finalists for the first time. Find a description of each finalist. We have them all here at the library, stop in and join the fun!

Runners Up:

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. Call Number: 362.29 Q77d

The Homesman: A Novel by Glendon Swarthout, Call Number: 813.54 S973h

Interior Places by Lisa Knopp, Call Number: 978.2 K726i

A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor by Joe Starita, Call Number: 610.92 P598w


Cover of This Blessed EarthAdult Winner:

This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways, Call Number: 630.978 G335t

Teen Winner:

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi, Call Number: PB ABA

Children’s Winner:

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, Call Number: CL 813.6 K453a

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