The members of the Chicago rowing team Arshay Cooper depicts in “A Most Beautiful Thing.”

REVIEW: 'A Most Beautiful Thing,' by Arshay Cooper

NONFICTION: An inspiring underdog tale set in a world that few readers have seen.

Bookmark: When you're stuck at home, books can transport you

July 10
Books can transport you to faraway places — like Sligo, Ireland.

Review: 'A History of My Brief Body,' by Billy-Ray Belcourt

July 10
Billy-Ray Belcourt
NONFICTION: Cree poet Billy-Ray Belcourt rewrites narratives of LGBTQ Indigenous life through images drawn from his own experiences.

Review: 'Crooked Hallelujah,' by Kelli Jo Ford

July 10
FICTION: A tale of four Cherokee women who hold down the world for each other.

Quarantine Read: 'Notes From a Small Island'

July 10

Review: 'Promised Land,' by David Stebenne

July 10
NONFICTION: This examination covers a lot of well-trod ground.

REVIEW: 'The Case of the Vanishing Blonde,' by Mark Bowden

July 10
NONFICTION: Journalist Mark Bowden delves deep into the dark side with these six true stories about abuse and murder.
Books
July 7

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. 28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand. (Little, Brown) A relationship that started in 1993 between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud comes to light…
Books
July 7
"The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Quarantine Read: 'The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating'

“The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating,” by Elisabeth Tova Bailey This is as much a book on snails as it is a meditation…
Books
July 6
Frans Hals’s “Portrait of an Elderly Lady,”

Review: 'Becoming Duchess Goldblatt,' by Anonymous

NONFICTION: A book by the creator of a beloved fictitious Twitter character is flawed but offers a hopeful message.
Books
July 5
Brooks: Young eyewitness to Floyd's killing is writing children's book

Brooks: Young eyewitness to Floyd's killing is writing children's book

Judeah Reynolds, age 9, is going to tell her own story. The story of what happened that day she walked to the store, and in the days that followed.
Books
July 3
Minneapolis Central Library will reopen some time before the end of this year, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has decided.

When will my library open again?

Hennepin County and Ramsey County public libraries remain closed for the time being. But some services are available.
July 3
Audiobooks

Audiobooks: Tales that make you feel like you're on a vacation

It is said that there's nothing like travel to make one contemplate the joys of staying home — only this summer we will probably be…
Books
July 3
Andrew Martin

Review: "Cool for America: Stories," by Andrew Martin

FICTION: A smart and hilarious collection of short stories about young people with lives in disarray.
Books
July 3
Heather Lende

Review: 'Of Bears and Ballots,' by Heather Lende

NONFICTION: Heather Lende weathered a nasty recall fight, advocating for the common good in all its messy glory.
Books
July 3
Lee Conell

Review: 'The Party Upstairs,' by Lee Conell

FICTION: A dark comedy of class (un)consciousness unfolds in one fateful day.
Books
July 3
Gail Caldwell

Review: 'Bright Precious Thing,' by Gail Caldwell

NONFICTION: Caldwell's fourth memoir celebrates the complicated, rich journey of a lifelong single woman.
Books
July 3
A portrait of Queen Elizabeth I attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger.

Review: 'Elizabeth I's Secret Lover,' by Robert Stedall

NONFICTION: The fascinating story of the complicated friendship and romance between a queen and an earl.
Books
July 3
Charles Finch photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Review: 'The Last Passenger,' by Charles Finch.

The Last Passenger By Charles Finch. (Minotaur Books, 296 pages, $27.99.)   Devotees of Victorian nobleman/sleuth Charles Lenox, whose armchair exploits author Charles Finch has…
Books
July 1
Author George R.R. Martin says the enforced isolation of the pandemic has helped him make progress on a new book in the “Game of Thrones” series.

'Game of Thrones' author reveals he's working on next book in series

But George R.R. Martin gives no hint of when he might be done.
Books
June 30

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. (Putnam) In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman…
Books
June 27
Stack of books isolated on a white background BY THE BOOK SOLUTION FOR SOUTHDALE MALL

Amid the pandemic, books have become even more precious

I never thought much about getting books — books were always just around. I fished them out of Little Free Libraries. Friends lent or gave…
Books
June 26

Quarantine Read: 'Losing Battles'

Eudora Welty (who, I’m sure, with true Southern graciousness was always called Miss Eudora in the Mississippi town in which she lived) has written the…
Books
June 26

Review: 'A Most Wicked Conspiracy,' by Paul Starobin

NONFICTION: The story of the North Dakota party boss who used his influence to line his own pockets with gold.
Books
June 26
J. Courtney Sullivan

Review: 'Friends and Strangers' by J. Courtney Sullivan

FICTION: J. Courtney Sullivan's fifth domestic drama examines the effect of money and social class on many relationships.
Books
June 26
Lacy Crawford

Review: 'Notes on a Silencing,' by Lacy Crawford

NONFICTION: In writing about her assault as a teen, Lacy Crawford examines how one institution silenced victims.
Books
June 26
Ueno Station in 1947, a harbor for the homeless.

Review: 'Tokyo Ueno Station,' by Yu Miri

FICTION: A surreal yet powerful novel about a dead man who haunts the place where he was once homeless.