Books
December 8, 2020

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Rhythm of War, by Brandon Sanderson. (Tor) The fourth book in the “Stormlight Archive” series. Technological discoveries and an ensuing arms race…
Books
December 8, 2020

Review: 'The Last American Hero,' by Alice L. George

NONFICTION: Another portrait of John Glenn as an inspirational, if imperfect, hero.
Books
December 7, 2020
Leslie Brody

Review: 'Sometimes You Have to Lie,' by Leslie Brody.

Sometimes You Have to Lie By Leslie Brody. (Seal Press, 352 pages, $30.)  Louise Fitzhugh was an artist before she was a writer, but it…
Books
December 5, 2020
Looking for a good book this winter? Here are more than 50

Looking for a good book this winter? Here are more than 50

Our holiday books section highlights something for everyone on your list, and yourself.
Books
December 1, 2020

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The Law of Innocence, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown) The sixth book in the “Mickey Haller” series. Haller defends himself when police…
Books
November 30, 2020
Detail from “The Art of Ramona Quimby” by Anna Katz

5 showy big books just perfect for holiday giving

Next Sunday brings our annual holiday selection of books — more than 50 titles for adults and children. Today, though, I have other recommendations —…
Books
November 28, 2020

REVIEWS: 'The Hollow Places,' by T. Kingfisher, and 'Walking With Ghosts,' by Gabriel Byrne

The Hollow Places By T. Kingfisher. (Gallery/Saga Press, 352 pages, $16.99.)   Kara has a problem. Fresh from a divorce, she has moved back home…
Books
November 28, 2020
Fireflies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Radim Schreiber

Review: 'World of Wonders' by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

NONFICTION; In beautifully illustrated essays, poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil writes of exotic flora and fauna and her family, and why they are all of one piece.
Books
November 27, 2020
Matthew Hart

Review: 'The Russian Pink,' by Matthew Hart

FICTION: A special agent tries to track down the origins of a massive diamond that might have come from the Romanovs.
Books
November 27, 2020

Quarantine Read: 'At Home in Mitford,' by Jan Karon

During this pandemic, I certainly did not want to read anything apropos to this time. I wanted something to pick me up, so I picked…
Books
November 27, 2020
Patrick Hicks

Review: 'In the Shadow of Dora,' by Patrick Hicks

FICTION: Patrick Hicks' vividly researched historical novel examines the little-known ties between Nazi atrocities and America's moonshot.
Books
November 27, 2020
Ann Quin

Review: 'Three,' by Ann Quin

FICTION: A beguiling novel from an overlooked British writer.
Books
November 27, 2020
Emma Glass

Review: 'Rest and Be Thankful,' by Emma Glass

FICTION: With a rich interior life and pungent language, this novel details a pediatric nurse spiraling into burnout.
Books
November 24, 2020

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. Fortune and Glory, by Janet Evanovich. (Atria) The 27th book in the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie deals with a soldier of fortune from…
Books
November 24, 2020
For 22 years, Carol Connolly hosted "Readings by Writers," a monthly writers series that hosted new and established writers, literary greats and humor

Carol Connolly, St. Paul's first poet laureate, dies at 85

With her red bob haircut, trademark round eyeglasses and black turtleneck sweater, Carol Connolly was a welcome and unmistakable fixture at literary events around the…
Magazine
November 23, 2020
LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com Everyone warned Curtis Sittenfeld to just “wait for winter.”

A happy newcomer to Minnesota, everyone told her to 'just wait' until winter

When my family moved to Minneapolis in August 2018, we found our new city to be warm and welcoming. Neighbors dropped off wine, flowers and…
Books
November 23, 2020
This photo taken on April 15, 2019 shows Notre Dame cathedral burning in Paris.

Review: 'Notre-Dame: The Soul of France,' by Agnès Poirier

NONFICTION: Watching as flames burned the spiritual heart of France.
Books
November 22, 2020

REVIEW: 'From the Grave,' by David Housewright, and 'Farm Girl,' by Beuna Coburn Carlson

From the GraveBy David Housewright. (Minotaur Books, 307 pages, $26.99.)This witty and wonderful St. Paul author has been entertaining readers with the Rushmore "Mac" McKenzie…
Books
November 20, 2020
Simon Han photo by Melissa Lukenbaugh

Review: 'Nights When Nothing Happens,' by Simon Han

FICTION: In Simon Han's debut novel, miscommunication and disconnection imperil a Chinese immigrant family in Texas.
Books
November 20, 2020
Robert Harris

Review: 'V2,' by Robert Harris

FICTION: A gripping historical novel about the Nazis' V2 rocket program during the endgame of World War II.