This 1950 Modern Library edition of “Vanity Fair” contains Thackeray’s own wood engraving illustrations.

Bookmark: Rediscovering the joy of the 'Slow Read'

If you're planning to read a book, who cares how long it takes to read it? Who's keeping score?

Review: 'The Fifties: An Underground History' by James R. Gaines

January 21
James R. Gaines.
Gaines tells the stories of gay rights, civil rights and feminist and environmental activists who fought for change through the thicket of postwar conformity and repression.

Review: 'Thank You, Mr. Nixon,' by Gish Jen

January 21
Gish Jen
Intricately enmeshed stories examine personal ties between families in China and the United States over the past 50 years.

Review: 'A Previous Life,' by Edmund White

January 21
FICTION: A couple's twin memoirs generate more heat than light.

Review: 'Defenestrate,' by Renée Branum

January 21
Renee Branum writes a beautifully structured work about ancestry, siblinghood, vulnerability and fear.

Don't Miss: 'The Unchosen Ones,' by R.J. Kern

January 21
Don't miss

Review: 'South to America,' by Imani Perry

January 21
One Black academic's exploration of the South seeks to center the region as the "soul of America."
Books
January 17
Sequoia Nagamatsu

Literary Rocket Man

Minneapolis writer's buzzy debut novel tackles climate change, plague and the salvation of outer space.
Books
January 14
Sara Freeman

Review: 'Tides,' by Sara Freeman

Books in brief
Books
January 14
Sequoia Nagamatsu

Debut novel by Minnesota writer Sequoia Nagamatsu offers wonder and hope in the face of grief

Sequoia Nagamatsu's debut novel, "How High We Go in the Dark," blends speculative and literary fiction to offer a bleak yet hopeful glimpse of humanity's potential futures.
Books
January 14
The Bucci sisters.

Review: 'Always Remember Your Name,' by Andra & Tatiana Bucci, translated from Italian by Ann Goldstein

The Bucci sisters were 4 and 6 when they were sent to Auschwitz.
Books
January 14
Mark Prins

Review: 'The Latinist,' by Mark Prins

In this retelling of the myth of Apollo and Daphne, author Mark Prins has written an engrossing psychological thriller.
Books
January 14

Good read: 'Secondhand Time,' by Svetlana Alexievich

Good read
Books
January 14
Jonathan Evison

Review: 'Small World,' by Jonathan Evison

Evison deftly weaves stories of the present and the past, illustrating how all of our lives and futures are linked together.
Books
January 14
Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Review: 'Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?' by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

What does it take for one British-Nigerian woman to find a date to her cousin's wedding? A lot, apparently.
Books
January 14
Psycho by the Sea/A Carnival of Snackery

Audiobooks

David Sedaris and Tracey Ullman voice one of this month's best audiobooks.
Books
January 11
Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz was the cousin of Minnesota’s former Sen. Rudy Boschwitz. (photo courtesy Leo Baeck Institute)

His cousin's long-lost book was a poignant surprise for Minn.'s former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz

Ulrich Boschwitz wrote his novel about a German Jew on the run in the days after Kristallnacht.
Books
January 10
Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn's new memoir 'Rise' has lots to say about skiing but nothing on Tiger

Gossip-free, the memoir is at its best discussing how she confronted gender barriers in the sport.
Books
January 7
Crowded shelves in the Hertzel house.

Bookmark: Sometimes we keep books so we can give them away

Why, I ask myself, do I have such an absurd number of books?
Books
January 7

Review: 'To Paradise,' by Hanya Yanagihara

A deeply moving cri de coeur about the power of love to fight despair.
Books
January 7
Carl Bernstein

Review: 'Chasing History,' by Carl Bernstein

NONFICTION: A legendary newspaper journalist looks back at the formative years of his career.
Books
January 7

Don't miss: 'The Unfamiliar Garden' by Benjamin Percy

Don't miss
Books
January 7
Jean Chen Ho

Review: 'Fiona and Jane,' by Jean Chen Ho

Jean Chen Ho's virtuosic debut collection of short stories follows relationships over three decades.
Books
January 7
Gunnhild Oyehaug

Review: 'Present Tense Machine,' by Gunnhild Øyehaug, translated by Kari Dickson

A heartfelt tale about a mother and daughter separated in parallel universes brought about by the power of language.
Books
January 7
KATHRYN SCHULZ

Review: 'Lost & Found,' by Kathryn Schulz

A sublime, erudite memoir explores the connection between grief and love.
Books
January 5
The Rock Bottom Remainders — including literary giants Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry and other writers — kicked off the Wordplay Festival Frid

The Loft Literary Center to delay Wordplay

Annual writers festival will take 2022 off, reconvene in 2023.
Books
January 3

Review: 'I'm Possible,' by Richard Antoine White

In his memoir "I'm Possible," White tells the story of how he transformed his life.