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James C. Schaap

James Calvin Schaap is a retired English prof who has been something of a writer for most of the last 40 years. His latest work, a novel, Looking for Dawn, set in reservation country, is the story of two young women joined by their parents' mutual brokenness and, finally, a machine-shed sacrament of reconciliation. He writes and narrates a weekly essay on regional history for KWIT, public radio, Sioux City, Iowa. He and his wife Barbara live on the northern edge of Alton, Iowa, the Sgt. Floyd River a hundred yards or so from their back door. They have a cat--rather, he has them.

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The Book Thief

   Our fascination with the Holocaust seems unending, in part because nothing in the world's recent past offers us such…
November 29, 2013
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Love at super speed

Every so often Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac features some sweet nostalgia, sure to make almost anyone regret his or her no more…
October 31, 2013
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 It arrived in the mail, a gift from my wife's cousin, who found it while sifting through their aunt's keepsakes--a…
September 6, 2013
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It's a story I never tired of telling, and it happened just last week--well, July 15, 1838 (and, no, I…
July 25, 2013