Community Reads

All Iowa Reads

All Iowa Reads encourages Iowans to read and discuss a single title during the year.

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2022 Adult Selection

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The Butterfly Effect

by Rachel Mans McKenny

An entomologist who uses empirical data to navigate relationships abandons her latest research assignment in the rainforest to attend her ailing brother, before her interpersonal difficulties lead to a rehabilitative job at a butterfly conservatory.

2022 Young Adult Selection

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What I Carry

by Jennifer Longo

Entering her final year before being released from the foster-care system, a teen who has avoided emotional attachments forges unexpected bonds with three classmates, including a boy who changes her perspectives on everything.

2022 Kids Selection

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The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane

by Kate O'Shaughnessy

Experiencing her world through the evocative sounds she collects, 11-year-old Maybelle becomes convinced that a new radio DJ is her absent father before entering a singing contest that the DJ will be judging in Nashville.

One Community, One Book

One Community, One Book is a Johnson County reading project in the fall sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR).

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2020 Selection

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A Place for Us

by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A story of family identity and belonging follows an Indian family through the marriage of their daughter, from the parents' arrival in the United States to the return of their estranged son.