Boone, Iowa — A book about an Iowa State University student who loves bugs more than people is the 2022 choice for the All Iowa Reads program.

Author Rachel Mans McKenny, of Boone, says her first published novel, “The Butterfly Effect,” is heavily focused on Reiman Gardens in Ames, but is ultimately about learning how to get along with people.

Established in 2003 by the Iowa Center for the Book, the goal of the All Iowa Reads program is to foster a sense of unity through reading. Iowans are encouraged to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year. McKenny, who’s assistant director of ISU’s Writing and Media Center, is planning for a very busy year ahead to interact in-person and online with other book lovers.

Word came just recently that her book was the 2022 choice for the acclaimed statewide program. McKenny says she’d just gotten home and was checking email when she got the news.

If you go searching online for the book, don’t get confused by movie DVDs of a thriller starring Iowa native Ashton Kutcher that’s also called, “The Butterfly Effect.” McKenny jokes her book has no score on Rotten Tomatoes. For more information visit
https://www.iowacenterforthebook.org/air/home

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