June 9 Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Abandoning her homeless existence to become a minister's wife, Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband's gentle Christian worldview.
June 17 6:30 pm Ice Cream Days Speaker Dan Kaercher
Parklands of the Midwest & Taste of the Midwest
July 14 Flight 232 by Laurence Gonzales
Reconstructs the crash of United Airlines Flight 232, which hit the runway in a huge fireball after experiencing engine failure and loss of all flight controls and still had 185 survivors.
August 10 Crossing Purgatory by Gary Lester Schancher
A young farmer in 1858 sets out across the American frontier in an attempt to deal with his guilt from a family tragedy and finds himself tested in ways he hadn't imagined. Spur Award
Sept. 8 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
In vivid poems, Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. Biographical; Lyrical
October 13 All Iowa Reads: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Mary Sutter travels to Civil War-era Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon.
Nov. 10 The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
From the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes the story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold’s cross-country journey.
Dec. 8 Emma by Jane Austen ~ 200th anniversary of the classic story.