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NONFICTION: Michelle Obama's memoir is the intimate story of a strong-minded girl who grew up to become one of the most powerful women in America.
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.
Would you arrange your books with the spine facing in? Here's what readers had to say.
When we found out that Angus' brother lived just a few miles away, we knew they had to meet. But would they recognize each other?
The Floating Library returns to Lake Phalen for a fifth year of books on the water.
We were sure Angus would like the North Shore, if we could just persuade him to get in the truck.
Gwen Danfelt, manager of Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais, has come up with a list of books to put your mind Up North even if you can't be there yourself.
When the American Library Association announced that the children's literature award that honored her would be renamed, public response was swift and passionate.
NONFICTION: Unforgettable story of a child displaced by war is a crucial, timely read.
Taking Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name off a literature award is not banning her books. Her books are still there, to be read or ignored, to…
The six-month-adolescence rebellious phase hits, and everything Angus has learned goes out the window.
FICTION: In a moving, funny homage to women and friendship, a clerk at a magazine during London's Blitz begins secretly answering advice-to-the-lovelorn letters.
NONFICTION: A witty, honest memoir reveals adventures of medically assisted pregnancy.
Hikers encountered a classic Irish landscape – and few people – along the Dingle Way.
So if you had your druthers, and it was a rainy Saturday afternoon and you had no pressing obligations and you hadn’t read anything good…
In the mornings, Angus is sweetly obedient. The evening brings somewhat different behavior.
Should books for children reflect danger, loss and pain?
Our summer books guide highlights novels, mysteries and young-adult fiction.
The rescue group that brought us Angus guessed he was border collie-Lab mix. But DNA testing told us something else.
Twin Cities librarians share their summer reading lists.
When Angus suddenly started barking at strangers on the walk, we had to nip it in the bud. But how?
NONFICTION: After her adventurous mother is felled by a series of strokes, Tessa Fontaine runs off to join the circus in this thrilling, moving memoir.
After breezing through puppy kindergarten, Obedience 1 loomed as a bigger challenge.
I hear that Italy is beautiful in the spring. Hans Weyandt is about to find out. Weyandt, manager of Milkweed Books in downtown Minneapolis, is…
Amor Towles, Lauren Groff, Min Jin Lee and others coming to Hopkins this fall and next spring.
Publishing workshop brings authors and agents to the St. Thomas campus in June.
It's suddenly all the rage to display your book collection with the spines turned inward.
Crates are not the answer for every dog. But if your dog loves its crate, you — and the pup — are very lucky.
It is a mark of how accomplished Minnesota’s writing community is that many of the winners of this year’s Minnesota Book Awards were honored for…
If you’re anything like me (and good luck to you if you are), every time you go to a bookstore it feels a little like…
If you don't want your shoulder and neck to suffer, train your dog to the leash.
Nearly 10 years after they started in Hudson, Wis., little libraries-on-a-stick have spread across the United States.
When you see this lineup of book events, you're going to be busy a dozen times over.
Every now and then, a fragment of a book I once loved will swim toward the front of my brain. Just a floating wisp of…
Rosie, our resident black Lab, loves Angus. But at times she gets fed up with him. What then?
A well-trained dog is a good dog. But, oh, the training takes time. And there have been lots of changes over the years.
There’s nothing quite so special as an evening devoted to authors, books and the written word. All year, writers work alone, in front of a…
Your suggestions have been delightful, far superseding anything that anyone has ever actually done.
NONFICTION: A Polish journalist looks at how individuals — human and ursine — cope with sudden freedom.
In which we try to teach Angus that toes are not edible, at least not while they are attached to my feet.
Rumors are flying, stories are being told and maybe between the time I write this and the time you read this, everything will have changed.…
NONFICTION: Co-founder of popular website tells you to save money now to be rich later--sort of.
We write a lot on these pages about the many writers series held around the Twin Cities — Talking Volumes, sponsored by the Star Tribune…
If you're foolish enough to adopt a puppy in the coldest month of the coldest winter in years, how are you supposed to housebreak him?
NONFICTION: Tara Westover's fascinating memoir tells of growing up an uneducated daughter of Idaho survivalists — and then getting out.
It should be no surprise that “A Different Pond,” written by Minneapolis poet Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui, was named one of…
After writer Kelly Barnhill won the highest honor in children's literature, she came out with a new collection of stories — for adults.
Is it spring yet? Sadly, not outside the window. But it is spring in the pages of these five new books.
Have you found a neighborhood that is particularly rich in its selection of books?