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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.
As Angus turns a year old, he's come a long way. But boy, oh boy, he has a long way to go.
Adults told us how they'd get kids to read. Now we hear from the kids themselves, and they have a lot to say.
NONFICTION: In middle age, novelist Richard Beard began to plumb the facts of his little brother's drowning death.
The prolific author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series doesn't need "a high body count."
We asked you how to get teens to read. You sent memories, ideas and wise suggestions.
He doesn't swim, doesn't fetch, doesn't play well with strangers. How to burn off all this puppy energy?
Angus had developed a bad habit of barking when guests arrived. And then he jumped on one. We needed help.
Leif Enger's lifelong loves gave wings to his third novel, but it almost never saw the light of day.
Kate DiCamillo's two new books carry familiar themes of friendship and loneliness.
I have read "The Great Gatsby" at least four times in my life. I will read it again. There are so many reasons why we reread books. What's yours?
Sometimes we have to take the infirm with the firm — and sometimes it's a two-way street.
MIDDLE GRADE: In this moving sequel to "Raymie Nightingale," a young girl must figure out the meaning of home.
The best thing about fall is the annual lineup of writers coming to the U, Mankato's Good Thunder Reading Series and the Twin Cities Book Festival.
‘Laurentian Divide’ In Minneapolis novelist Sarah Stonich’s sequel to “Vacationland,” a widower is set to remarry, but one of the townsfolk goes missing. (Due…
Angus is a mellow dog — as long as there are no small animals in his field of view.
Handled with tact and hope, darkness in literature may be good for children, helping them cope with sadness and learn empathy.
NONFICTION: Lisa Brennan-Jobs recounts her father's odd eating habits, coldness and manipulative ways.
Angus spends all day in the crate while we're at work, and all night in the crate while we're sleeping. Is it time to give him some freedom?
You're going to miss those trips Up North. But books will keep you going.
Reading makes us smarter. Not reading, I'm afraid, makes us dumber. Can wonderful books and smart, savvy writers solve this problem?
NONFICTION: A cranky Scottish bookseller records a year in the life of his shop.
Someone opened our side gate while we were at work, and the dogs took off at a dead run.
Minnesota writer Traci Lambrecht is carrying on after the death of her best friend and partner in crime — mom P.J. Lambrecht.
The Club Book lecture series brings in David Grann, Peggy Orenstein and other writers.
Summer whizzes by, books get buzzed about, noted on “best of” and “to be read” lists, and then — blammo! — the talk turns to…
Oscar winner and local hip-hop star join Rebecca Traister, Leif Enger and Alexander McCall Smith.
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