Recent content from Laurie Hertzel
Bookmark: When it rains steadily during your hiking vacation, it's good to have a book or two on hand
It was raining in Ireland, and it was starting to get me down. Before you say, “It always rains in Ireland!” let me tell you:…
What should we think when the art is beautiful but the artist is reprehensible? Can we judge books — or paintings, or movies, or music…
Tim O'Brien's memoir, "Dad's Maybe Book," is filled with advice and stories for his young sons to savor when he's gone.
One dog bite years ago taught me to be super-careful with skittish dogs.
Every fall, rain or shine, you can count on the annual Twin Cities Book Festival to entertain, illuminate and enthrall. Sponsored by Rain Taxi, the…
Picture books continue to grow more diverse, more sophisticated and carry subtler, important messages.
MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION: Kate DiCamillo's third novel about the Three Rancheros is a big-hearted coming-of-age tale.
All it took was repeated visits, lots of treats and a T-shirt.
FICTION: When a strong-minded hired girl falls in love with a married farmer from a small Minnesota town, she has some hard decisions to make.
Writers series brings high-powered authors to local libraries.
It took me a long time to accept that Angus is a "reactive dog." But once I did, I began to learn how to care for him better.
It’s hard to believe that it’s now September. Given that I still have to pause and think before writing “2019” instead of “2018,” this is…
NONFICTION: In "Apple, Tree," 25 writers explore the many ways their parents shaped them.
Some of you follow rules about the number of pages you'll give a book before quitting. And some of you just give up. And some of you never give up.
Angus is back in school, this time learning to peacefully coexist with strange dogs.
Do you think books should be respected and treated carefully, or something to love and make your own?
The literary series includes four nonfiction books and a collection by former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith.
Over the past year, Angus and I have slowly gotten to a good place on the daily walks. But oh, it took a long time.
We asked you to tell us about your favorite spots to read. Here's what you said.
After Angus is calm and attentive with the new dog sitter, I'm starting to think some of the problems lie with me.
NONFICTION: In their own words, survivors of World War II — children when the war began — recall their harrowing experiences.
An uncomfortable truth: There are far more excellent regional books than I have space to review, more than I can ever read. Local writers…
You are passionate about sharing — but also about getting back — beloved books.
Sure, Angus misbehaves. But it's time to recognize his virtues, too.
FICTION: Anthony Horowitz's latest murder mystery mashes up fact and fiction.
Life slows down in summer. Pull up a lawn chair, pour yourself a cool drink and settle in with one of these 45 mysteries, novels, story collections and books for young adults.
A fresh crop of 10 picture books by Minnesota writers or illustrators is populated with creatures from the natural world.
Twenty years of busy dogs and maturing trees have rendered our backyard grassless. Angus doesn't care — bare ground is easy to dig. And so he digs.
FICTION: "Biloxi" ponders the question whether it's possible to change in late middle age.
Well, in the end, it was all pretty great, wasn’t it? Starting with the weather, which had been iffy right up to the opening of…
When we replaced a torn screen with an actual dog door, Rosie was fine — but Angus was flummoxed.
We all have our favorite spots, for all kinds of reasons, and they may change with the seasons or over time.
Stephen King is just one of 100-plus writers at the inaugural book fest. Here's our guide to navigating the array of alternatives, geared to your interests.
The Pen Pals writers series will bring in five notable writers beginning this fall for its 23rd season, including a Man Booker finalist, a PEN/Faulkner…
NONFICTION: A young man returns to his family's farm in Ireland to face his past and his future.
It's painful to give up beloved books, even briefly. And yet it's more painful not to share them.
Northfield high school student wins national poetry competition.
The Puppy Chronicles: Angus' training has been two steps forward, one step back. Sometimes two steps back.
Just like this chilly spring, Angus' training can feel like we're lagging behind.
The Puppy Chronicles: Angus has started hiding some of his treats and Rosie is determined to find them
Angus has a habit of hiding, rather than eating, his nightly chewies. Rosie has made it her mission to find them.
I had to laugh when this book crossed my desk a few weeks ago: “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” by Leonard S.…
NONFICTION: An entertaining memoir of 13 months spent in an unfinished plywood cabin in the woods of northern Minnesota.
As we head toward Independent Bookstore Day next Saturday, let's assess.
Some of the state's best-known writers were shut out on a night of upsets.
Well, we made it through March. Congratulations! But remember last April’s blizzard? We probably still need cheerful books. Readers offer a flood of suggestions, mainly…
The Puppy Chronicles: Not all dogs respond well to the same kind of training – with Angus, we are trying something new
A new kind of training means better communication between dog and human.
One of the great joys of attending the National Book Critics Circle awards each March in New York City is being able to watch…
When the man of the house goes out of town, the dogs outnumber the lone adult left behind. Reinforcements arrive — in the form of more dogs.
Six women formed a club to read one book: "Becoming." And when its author brings her arena show to town this week, they'll be there.
Tickets to the new Wordplay book fair in downtown Minneapolis in May are going on sale in just a few days.
Angus has never liked strange people or unfamiliar situations. But when he growled at the veterinarian, it was time to act.
NONFICTION: Their home and savings were gone and a lethal diagnosis was hanging over their heads — so Raynor Winn and her husband shouldered their packs and went for a walk.
What books do you pick up when you're feeling blue?
An ear infection, dark and icy walks, mocking squirrels — it's been a tough winter for Angus.
The searchable website, newly launched (and still in its infant stage) by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, gives you authors at your fingertips.
Minnesota writers Leif Enger and Lorna Landvik and thriller writer Don Winslow anchor the free lecture series.
We asked you to reveal your favorite books of 2018. Here are your recommendations.
Winners from nine categories will be announced in St. Paul on April 6.
If you could spy on your dog while you were gone, what would you see?
Two big things happened recently in the world of book reviewing, one quite good and one very bad. We’ll start with the bad. On Jan.…
Wordplay in May will feature about 100 top writers of everything from fiction to cookbooks.
NONFICTION: In her most powerful memoir yet, Dani Shapiro confronts the discovery that the man who raised her was not her biological father.
Bookmark: The St. Paul Library's Fireside Reading Series features Sarah Stonich, Heid Erdrich and more
Built in 1930, the Hamline Midway Library in St. Paul is a lovely old brick building with bay windows, a grand front entrance and a…
It's time to get excited about another year of books and reading.
This year I did something I have never done before: I kept track. I wrote down the title of every book that I read to…
Now it's his turn: Angus offers advice to readers on how to make a puppy happy.
Twenty-five years of owning dogs has taught us one thing: What works for one dog doesn't necessarily work for another.
When the big unleashed dog raced toward us, all I could do was shout.
You told us you reread all kinds of books ("The Great Gatsby" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" are particular favorites) for all kinds of reasons.
NONFICTION: In this warm, sometimes funny memoir, a couple now living in Minnesota spend a year in Lesotho.
NONFICTION: In 13 appealing stories, this memoir by nature writer Sy Montgomery explores the importance of animals in her life.
NONFICTION: Michelle Obama traces path from strong-minded girl to powerful woman.
Our holiday books guide features picture books for kids, novels for teens, and biographies, histories, novels and story collections for all.
Readers love their dogs — and they share that love with Angus. They also share tips and advice.
A guided hike reveals some unseen treasures and teaches our correspondent how to travel like the Irish.
Classic or quirky or oversized, these books make great gifts.