Iowa Books
Iowa Books
Iowa Books
Iowa Books
Iowa Books
Iowa Books
Iowa Books

Iowa Books

Regular price $21.99

We are all spending more time at home this year, so why not learn a little bit about this great state we call home, IOWA!! 

This collection of books comes to us from Arcadia Publishing, it's hard to pick a favorite, but, Supper Clubs have a special place in my heart, so, if you must know, the Iowa Supper Clubs by Megan Bannister is my fave in this collection, but really, I love them all. 

Grab one for yourself or stock up for holiday gift giving! 


Iowa Supper Clubs

From relish trays and Old Fashioned cocktails to prime rib and fried fish, supper clubs are a quintessential part of Midwestern dining culture. In Iowa, hundreds of supper clubs once dotted the state’s rural highways and byways, serving as havens for hungry travelers and community gathering places for small towns. Opened in 1912, the Lighthouse Inn Supper Club in Cedar Rapids is one of Iowa’s oldest supper clubs. In their heyday, Iowa supper clubs were also home to nefarious activities, with frequent visits from mobsters, bootlegged beverages and illegal gambling. Supper clubs like Archie’s Waeside and Breitbach’s Country Dining have even won James Beard Awards.

Author Megan Bannister relays the delicious details of an Iowa staple.


A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites & More

Iowa's delectable cuisine is quintessentially Midwestern, grounded in its rich farming heritage and spiced with diverse ethnic influences. Classics like fresh sweet corn and breaded pork tenderloins are found on menus and in home kitchens across the state. At the world-famous Iowa State Fair, a dizzying array of food on a stick commands a nationwide cult following. From Maid-Rites to the movable feast known as RAGBRAI, discover the remarkable stories behind Iowa originals. Find recipes for favorites ranging from classic Iowa ham balls and Steak de Burgo to homemade cinnamon rolls—served with chili, of course!

Author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby serves up a bountiful history of tasty tradition.


Murder at the Roosevelt Hotel in Cedar Rapids

Byron C. Hattman sealed his fate when he checked into the Roosevelt Hotel on December 13, 1948. A maid found his body in a blood-spattered room two days later. An investigation linked him to the young wife of St. Louis pediatrician Robert C. Rutledge, who confessed to the brutal attack after trying to poison himself. The scandal made national headlines and seemed like an easy case for the Linn County court. That is, until new evidence changed the story completely.

Reporter and author Diane Fannon-Langton uncovers the truth and compiles the complete details of the Hattman slaying for the first time.


Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa

Some have called Buxton a Black Utopia. In the town of five thousand residents, established in 1900, African Americans and Caucasians lived, worked and attended school together. It was a thriving, one-of-a-kind coal mining town created by the Consolidation Coal Company. This inclusive approach provided opportunity for its residents. Dr. E.A. Carter was the first African American to get a medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1907. He returned to Buxton and was hired by the coal company, where he treated both black and white patients. Attorney George Woodson ran for file clerk in the Iowa Senate for the Republican Party in 1898, losing to a white man by one vote.

Author Rachelle Chase details the amazing events that created this unique community and what made it disappear.

Detour Iowa: Historic Destinations

Iowa history ranges from the natural to what’s been made by humans over many centuries. Find and hold the fossilized remains of sea creatures that lived 375 million years ago. Walk through a small-town home where one of the nation’s most infamous—and unsolved—murders occurred in 1912. Savor pastries that originated in the Netherlands before the 1840s and watch where wheat is ground into flour in a windmill first built in Denmark and then rebuilt in Elk Horn. Listen to time softly tick away in an elaborately carved clock that auto pioneer Henry Ford tried and failed to buy in 1928 for $1 million.

Join writer-photographer Mike Whye on trips to the known, little-known and unknown historic places in Iowa.

Abandoned Iowa: Vacant Heartland

For as long as civilization has grown and thrived, victims of progress are inevitably left behind. Abandoned Iowa: Vacant Heartland captures evocative images of what life once resembled across the Hawkeye State. Readers embark on a photographic journey through the lens of Nicholson’s camera as they experience the deteriorating buildings and structures of Iowa’s past. Images of disregarded structures allure the reader with the echoes of their previous existence. Discover forlorn farmsteads where weeds and briars are the only crops; dilapidated schools with blackboards still clinging to crumbling walls; condemned churches whose congregations have long moved on; and decommissioned bridges that no longer provide safe passage. Broken windows reveal the warped and haunting confines of structures once warm and inviting. Take a tour of Iowa’s past via the forsaken present.

Abandoned Iowa: Vacant Heartland exhibits images of past lives across the rural communities and small towns that epitomized life in the heartland of Iowa, while providing a look into the genesis of the photo-journalistic endeavor now known to thousands of social media followers as “Abandoned Iowa.” Find more Abandoned Iowa content at and Instagram @AbandonedIowa.

Lost Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is the only city in America to house its government offices on an island. But tons of other iconic structures that defined the city are no longer around. The Little Gallery on First Avenue was created to showcase local artists. Yager’s “moved up to bring prices down.” The area was home to thirty-nine theaters, including two from 1928 that are still in operation. From the hotels to the factories, the ethnic districts to the depots, the dance halls to the amusement parks, these are the places that made a difference in the City of Five Seasons.
Local author Pete Looney traces the history of the structures.
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