Recent content from Cynthia Dickison
FICTION: Lauren Grodstein's poignant new novel unfolds as a letter from a dying mother to her to her young son.
The Star Tribune's Cynthia Dickison assesses the nine nominees for the top Academy Award.
Examining the Oscars' often overlooked short-film category.
"The Revenant" is gaining steam after its big Golden Globes win, but there are other top contenders in the best film race. Here's a look at what will play into each movie's favor, and what's working against them. Plus, our critic's original star rating.
FICTION: An imagined recounting of the life — and the many romances — of George Sand.
REVIEW: Is there room at the multiplex for yet another entry in the young adult/dystopia/survival genre? Those who hunger for more could do worse than "The Maze Runner."
FICTION: Bestselling writer Jeannette Walls returns with another tale of abandoned children.
Vince Vaughn retains his glib-yet-desperate patter and Owen Wilson his earnest sweetness in the corporate send-up about life at Google.
Picoult, known for her social-issue themes, pits fundamentalists against a lesbian couple in this novel about the rights of gay parents.
Can a car wreck of a marriage and a family, born of tragedy, be resuscitated by another tragedy?
Mega-author Jodi Picoult's house rules: Write about what you don't know.
Another engrossing Anita Shreve novel about adventure in Africa, and a marriage in turmoil.
Daniel Radcliffe, who's played Harry Potter for almost half his life, wants it made clear: He's done with the fantasy thing, thank you, so don't even ask him to play Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit."
BOOK REVIEW A family sues for malpractice over a child's disease, with agonizing fallout.
Sex, lies, videotape and prep school make for a potent brew in "Testimony," Anita Shreve's compelling tale of teenage scandal and its brutal aftermath in a New England hamlet. This focus on the kids marks a bit of a departure for Shreve, a seasoned chronicler of adult love, loss and betrayal. But then again, the event upon which the story turns leaves no one in its ever-widening path -- young or old -- untouched.
BOOK REVIEW: An outdoorsman/writer unsparingly chronicles his Alaskan summers with the salmon.
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