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Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction by Charles Baxter
Turtle Island by Gary Snyder.
Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm by Isabella Tree.
Build Your Own Farm Tools by Josh Volk.
The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization by Roland Ennos.
Art of the State: Iowa by Diana Landau.
Persist by Elizabeth Warren.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.
101 Spooky Halloween Jokes by Melvin Berger.
Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo.
The Decarbonization Imperative: Transforming the Global Economy by 2050 by Michael Lenox and Rebecca Duff.
Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains by Lucas Bessire.
Finish Your Book: How to Complete Your Half-Written Novel by Lizzie Enfield.
Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald.
Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives by Minal Bopaiah.
Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester.
The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich by Thom Hartmann.
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr.
Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers is Saving Ballet from Itself by Chloe Angyal.
Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal by Mark Bittman.
Demystifying Shariah: What it is, How it Works, and Why it’s not Taking Over Our County by Sumbul Ali-Karamali.
Trouble in the Stars by Sarah Prineas.
Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land by N. Scott Momaday.
A Short History of the Shadow by Charles Wright.
The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet by Michael E. Mann.
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings by Gabriela Marie Milton.
The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman.
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret by Catherine Coleman Flowers.
A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Cedar Rapids: Our People, Our Story Volume 1 by the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams.
The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar.
Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans by The Polanie Club.
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos.
South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion.
Poles in Minnesota by John Radzilowski.
Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion.
The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump by William J. Perry and Tom Z. Collina.
Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back by Mark O’Connell.
Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by Bell Hooks.
Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America by Sherrod Brown.
Selected Poems by Anna Akhmatova.
Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity by David M. Friedman.
The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming our Democracy from the Ruling Class by Thom Hartmann.
From Simplicity to Elegance: The Story of Mercy Hospital, Davenport 1869-1994 by Sister Mary Brigid Condon.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho.
Come and See: A Photojournalist’s Journey into the World of Mother Teresa by Linda Schaefer.
Wildland Sentinel by Erika Billerbeck.
A Promised Land by Barack Obama.
The University of Iowa by Jim Richardson.
Who Will Do Our Fighting For Us? by George E. Reedy.
A Clearing in the Forest by Gayle A. McCoy.
Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy by Talia Lavin.
Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future in this Century – On Earth and Beyond by Sir Martin Rees.
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones.
Honest Effort by Michael Carey.
You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History by Howard Zinn.
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond.
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliott Kirschner.
Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy by Margaret Sullivan.
One Hundred Years in Good Taste Centennial Cookbook: A Collection of Recipes by Holy Family Church, Davenport, Iowa. (1898-1998).
The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream by Thom Hartmann.
Keeping Hope Alive: Sermons and Speeches of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim.
The Back Chamber by Donald Hall.
Modern Life by Matthea Harvey.
Carolina Ghost Woods by Judy Jordan.
White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers by Simon Winchester.
The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene by Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Maslin.
You Hear Me? Poems Written by Teenage Boys edited by Betsy Franco.
A Gravely Imagined Center by Maureen Cobb Mabbott.
Save Me The Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl.
American Primitive by Mary Oliver.
Broken Tulips by Jeremy Paden.
The Truth About Magic by Atticus.
Garden Time by W.S. Merwin.
Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow by Ted Hughes.
Neck of the Woods by Amy Woolard.
Selected Poems 1930-1965 by Richard Eberhart.
The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes.
A Cook’s Tour of Iowa by Susan Puckett.
Sourdough, or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market by Robin Sloan.
The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis.
The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot.
How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America by Heather Cox Richardson.
Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case and Angus Deaton.
Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri.
A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump by David Plouffe.
Cooking in Canoe Country by Robert Black with Susan Peterson, Carmen Black and Maja Black.
Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond.
Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff.
Tamed: Ten Species that Changed Our World by Alice Roberts.
The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel.
Energy: A Human History by Richard Rhodes.
The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How To Get It Back by Thom Hartmann.
A Sense of Direction by Karen Swenson.
Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism by Joel Andreas.
The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir by Samantha Power.
A Good Day’s Work: An Iowa Farm in the Great Depression by Dwight W. Hoover.
The Meaning of Life by Bradley Trevor Greive.
Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Fred Kaplan.
The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution by Brent Preston.
Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
Broken Heartland: The Rise of America’s Rural Ghetto by Osha Gray Davidson.
The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America by Thom Hartmann.
Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer.
In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World by Gabriele Galimberti.
God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America by Lyz Lenz.
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty.
The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction by Cindy Crosby.
The Overstory by Richard Powers.
A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution by Marianne Williamson.
Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells.
Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein.
Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself by Jill Biden.
Marcher Walker Pilgrim: A Memoir from the Great March for Climate Action by Ed Fallon.
… and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man by Connie Schultz.
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray.
Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg.
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester.
The Drunk in the Furnace by W.S. Merwin.
Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit by Cindy Crosby and Thomas Dean.
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving.
Songs of a Sourdough by Robert W. Service.
Panty Hose, Hot Peppers, Tea Bags, and more for the Garden by Yankee Magazine.
The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson
Bread Alone: Bold Fresh Loaves from Your Own Hands by Daniel Leader and Judith Blahnik.
The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar.
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú.
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
Gatherings by Marina Rust.
A Cook’s Journey: Slow Food in the Heartland by Kurt Michael Friese.
Columns of Democracy by Nicholas Johnson.
Becoming by Michelle Obama.
The Common Good by Robert Reich.
An Uncivil War: Taking Back our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics by Greg Sargent.
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh.
Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope from a Heartland Newspaper by Art Cullen.
We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by José Andrés with Richard Wolffe.
Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain.
Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces by Marisa McClellan.
Selected Poems by William Carlos Williams.
Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays by Paul Kingsnorth.
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean.
The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks.
Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Wangari Maathai, Dalai Lama XIV.
Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail by Kurt Michael Friese, Kraig Kraft, Gary Paul Nabhan.
The Farm Cooking School by Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman.
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles.
Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America by Emily E. LB. Twarog.
Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur.
Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias.
A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in my Farmhouse by Mimi Thorisson.
A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet by Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore.
Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The Assault on Reason 2017 Edition: Our Information Ecosystem, From the Age of Print to the Age of Trump by Al Gore.
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols.
No Surrender: Building a Progressive Agenda for Iowa with the Five Securities by Jack Hatch.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer.
I Call Bullshit: Four Fallacies That Keep Our Politics From Being Reality Based by David Shorr.
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman.
The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba by Julia Cook.
The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty.
Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It by Anna Lappé.
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Haran.
Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town by Nick Reding.
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman.
A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland by Cornelia F. Mutel.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester.
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel.
Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865: A History of Human Bondage in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin by Christopher P. Lehman.
The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier by Jakob Walter.
Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History by Paul Schneider.
MiniFARMING: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein.
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.
The Perils of Prosperity 1914-32 by William E. Leuchtenburg.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1381: The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt by Juliet Barker
Poetry City: A Literary Remembrance of Iowa City, Iowa by Dave Morice
Jewelweed by David Rhodes.
The Robber Barons by Matthew Josephson.
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook
Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The Home Place by Carrie La Seur
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Wrong David by Christa WoJo.
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser.
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen.
Miracle Fair: Selected Poems of Wisława Szymborska translated by Joanna Trzeciak.
The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester.
My Life by Bill Clinton.
Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin.
Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals by Jamie Oliver.
Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It by Amy Cortese.
The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food by Ben Hewitt.
On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta by Jen Lin-Liu.
A Good Day’s Work: An Iowa Farm in the Great Depression by Dwight W. Hoover.
The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations by Eugene Linden.
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebees, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan.
Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit by Al Gore.
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell.
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
America’s Climate Century: What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do about it by Senator Rob Hogg.
Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark.
How the Other Half Lives by Jacob A. Riis.
The New Chinatown by Peter Kwong.
Toscanini: An Intimate Portrait by Samuel Chotzinoff.
Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer by Richard Rhodes.
The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga, a Memoir by Andy Douglas.
Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future by Robert K. Musil.
The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change by Al Gore.
“The Strenuous Life” a speech by Theodore Roosevelt.
Palestine Peace not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter.
F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing edited by Larry W. Phillips.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation by Aldo Leopold with photographs by Michael Sewell.
Harvest: A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm by Nicola Smith with photographs by Geoff Smith.
Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness | Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia by Erik Reece.
This Moment on Earth: Today’s New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future by John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry.
Chicago: City on the Make by Nelson Algren.
Eating Cuban: 120 Authentic Recipes from the Streets of Havana to American Shores by Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs.
Home Economics: Fourteen Essays by Wendell Berry
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw.
The Assault on Reason by Al Gore.
O, Pioneers by Willa Cather.
Drawing the Line: Tales of Maps and Cartocontroversy by Mark Monmonier.
War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq by Richard Engel.
Arab Voices: What they are Saying to Us and Why it Matters by James Zogby.
American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace by John C. Culver and John Hyde.
The Signal and the Noise: Why so Many Predictions Fail—but some Don’t by Nate Silver.
Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step by Cecile Pineda.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The End of Overeating:Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler M.D.
Days by Don Place.
The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World by Alan Greenspan.
A Son of the Circus by John Irving.
Speaking of Inalienable Rights, Amy… by Garry Trudeau.
But This War Had Such Promise by Garry Trudeau.
An Especially Tricky People by Garry Trudeau.
Wouldn’t a Gremlin Have Been More Sensible? by Garry Trudeau.
The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. selected by Coretta Scott King.
Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America by Joseph A. McCartin.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.
Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens by Nicholas Shaxson.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Blue Nights by Joan Didion.
Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected by Dick Allen.
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler.
Spring and All by William Carlos Williams.
The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell.
American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century by Kevin Phillips.
An Inconvenient Genocide by Alicia Ghiragossián.
Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class by Jefferson Cowie.
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg.
In Memory of David’s Buick by Bob Saar.
The Legend of Lochlinlea: Book 1 The Mystery of Magic by Michael Helgens.
Studies in Classic American Literature by D. H. Lawrence.
Some Summer Days in Iowa by Frederick John Lazell.
Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan.
Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore.
My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme.
When the Rivers Run Dry: Water – The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century by Fred Pearce.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester.
The Man Who Knew Kennedy by Vance Bourjaily.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.
“A Brave and Startling Truth” by Maya Angelou.
Collier’s Photographic History of the European War published by P. F. Collier and Sons, New York.
Taken from the River by Carol Moldaw.
Send Bygraves by Martha Grimes.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pépin
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Ghosts of Melrose by Buzz Malone.
god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens.
Zeitoun by David Eggers.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.
The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester.
Human Chain by Seamus Heaney.
Prescription for Survival: A Doctor’s Journey to End Nuclear Madness by Bernard Lown.
Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics by Ari Berman
Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons by Paul Lettow
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
The Spooky Art by Norman Mailer.
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh.
Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement by Lawrence Wittner.
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
“Inaugural Poem” by Maya Angelou.
International Photography Yearbook 1958 by Norman Hall & Basil Burton.
The Accidental Indies by Robert Finley.