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My Iowa Journey: The Life Story Of The University Of Iowa's First African American Professor, Philip G. Hubbard Jan 1999

My Iowa Journey: The Life Story Of The University Of Iowa's First African American Professor, Philip G. Hubbard

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

Philip Hubbard's life story begins in 1921 in Macon, a county seat in the Bible Belt of north central Missouri, whose history as a former slave state permeated the culture of his childhood. When he was four his mother moved her family 140 miles north to Des Moines in search of the greater educational opportunity that Iowa offered African American students. In this recounting of the effects of that journey on the rest of his life, Phil Hubbard merges his private and public life and career into an affectionate, powerful, and important story. Hubbard graduated from the University of ...


Tight Spaces, Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji, Egyirba High Jan 1999

Tight Spaces, Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji, Egyirba High

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

This expanded edition of Tight Spaces includes six new essays that explore the fulfilling spaces inhabited by Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji, and Egyirba High since their book was originally published in 1987. Tight Spaces won the American Book Award in 1988.


House Fires, Nancy Reisman Jan 1999

House Fires, Nancy Reisman

Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award

These eleven stories travel from snowbound Buffalo in the 1940s to present-day Boston, Providence, and San Francisco and across the domestic terrain of desire's unruly claims to the nuances of grief. In the title story, a young woman whose sister has been killed in a fire reckons with her parents' silent suffering and finds transcendence through film. In a series of stories set in post-World War II Buffalo and Manhattan, the members of a close-knit Jewish family are caught up in a maze of clandestine desires—none of which can be fulfilled. The collection's final series turns to ...


Out Of The Girls' Room And Into The Night, Thisbe Nissen Jan 1999

Out Of The Girls' Room And Into The Night, Thisbe Nissen

Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award

Everyone does it: women of fierce independence, men of thin character, rambling Deadheads, gay teenage girls, despondent Peace Corps volunteers, anorexic Broadway theatre dancers, the eager, the grieving, the uncommunicative. Even the confused do it. And they don't just fall in love with each other—they fall in love with certain moments and familiar places, with things as ephemeral as gestures and as evanescent as sunlight.

Quirky, real, idealistic, deluded, bohemian, and true, these are people who can—and often do—fall in love with a pair of ears, August afternoons, saucers of vitamins, New Age carpenters, and dead ...