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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.…
Review: 'Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living,' by Elizabeth Willard Thames
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.
Bookmark: The Newbery and Caldecott – as well as the other ALA awards – are bringing recognition to diverse books
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?
NONFICTION: A writer uses excerpts from her uncle's unpublished memoir to offer a revealing look at mental illness.
NONFICTION: Costa Prize-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell recounts ways she nearly died, from near drowning to near plane crash to near murder.
The winners will be announced April 21 at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards gala in St. Paul.
These slumps hit us all from time to time. Here's how some folks get back to the books.
Minneapolis' Graywolf Press has four books on the finalist lists for the National Book Critics Circle awards — more than any other publisher — and…
Authors turn to other countries to show us how to make our lives more beautiful and simple.
You think you want a puppy? What, are you nuts? Over the next few months we'll tell you exactly what it's like, through the life of a rescue pup named Angus.
There is no law that requires a person being sworn into public office to place a hand on a Bible. There is no law that…
Anita Shreve, Emily Fridlund among speakers.
FICTION: Set in London in the 1980s, Rachel Joyce's fifth novel is about the down-and-out owner of a record shop who falls in love with a mysterious woman.
The surreal but intensely human stories of this Twin Cities writer won international acclaim — heady stuff for a debut.
Have you read your Christmas books and are wondering what's coming up next year?
Sometimes a dog that requires work and understanding is the most rewarding kind to have.
The Loft Literary Center announces Wordplay, a new two-day book festival.
These reading-related gifts are sure to delight.
Here's how to get your book groove back.
The latest bestseller, a glossy cookbook, a fat biography, an old classic — a book is a most welcome present.
I might have been unfair when I asked recently what books you’d rush to save in a disaster. Unfair, because I didn’t tell you my…
Haunted by his mother's memory, the author halted his book tour this summer. Now he's back on the road — still outspoken, still funny, but a little more careful.
Readers reveal vacation reads.
FICTION: Peter Stamm explores the secrets of a marriage in this strange, lovely little novel.
On stage, Al Franken cracked jokes and talked politics. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera praised poet Ray Gonzalez, who smiled and praised him…
NONFICTION: In this second memoir, Dr. Henry Marsh writes poignantly about regrets, retirement and what lies ahead.
We asked if you had ever unexpectedly found a book and picked it up. Here's what you said.
NONFICTION: New York through Roz Chast's eyes is a whole new perspective.
Peter Bognanni's second novel, "Things I'm Seeing Without You," morphed from a book for adults into one for teens almost against his will.
NONFICTION: Jonathan Eig's biography of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is careful, detailed and highly entertaining.
Award honors debut fiction writers who show great promise — and this year they're all women, including the Twin Cities' Lesley Nneka Arimah.
With Hurricane Irma headed straight for her house, Connie Ogle had to make some tough decisions. The most excruciating: Which books would she take? Which…
Missing Minnesota while in California, Emily Fridlund began to write. Now she's on the Man Booker shortlist.
This year there are several new Wilder books to choose from.
NONFICTION: Thi Bui tells the story about her parents' escape from Vietnam in intense drawings and terse text.
Review: 'A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War,' by Deborah Campbell
NONFICTION: A Canadian journalist working in Syria goes on the hunt for her translator, who has been arrested.
Make your own chapbook, catch some poetry karaoke, and much more.
The results of a study of books people read while traveling may surprise you.
FICTION: A young gay man struggles with his identity and survival in postwar Ireland.
BOOKMARK: There are so many ways to give books. You can be mysterious, leaving books where strangers might find them.
21 of the 22 speakers booked to discuss writing for children were white. "We made a mistake," says Loft Literary Center leader.
Imbolo Mbue, who is coming to the Twin Cities, talks about her novel and about being an Oprah author
Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel “Behold the Dreamers” looks at the American dream from the points of view of two couples — a wealthy New York…
Over the past 25 years or so, memoir writers have plumbed nearly every facet of life: traumatic childhood, coming of age, parenthood, divorce, parents’ demise,…
FICTION: A mother of two leaves her family behind after embezzling thousands of dollars in this comic novel reminiscent of the works of Maria Semple.
Readers weigh in on their favorite books from childhood.
NONFICTION: Ann Hood details how she grew up bookish in an un-bookish family — and how reading changed her life.
Memoir, history, fiction and spies: There's something for everyone at this book club.
Do you keep a journal of the books you read? Here's what some folks do to track their books, with ratings from "blah" to "excellent."
A new crop of kids' books celebrates adventure, family and, like any good Minnesota book, summer.
Dublin abounds in museums and libraries. Here are three that are custom-made for lovers of the printed page.
What do you mean, you're busy? Help is on the way.
Review: 'The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old,' translated from the Dutch by Hester Velmans
FICTION: An elderly man begins keeping a journal to keep up his spirits in this dark, funny and true-to-life novel by an anonymous Dutch author.
Review: 'F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home,' by Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger
NONFICTION: This big, lavish book explores the St. Paul streets that F. Scott Fitzgerald called home.
Back in the 1960s, Minnesota poet Robert Bly and his friend David Ray, also a poet, formed a group called American Writers Against the Vietnam…
When I was 13, I got a job shelving books at the public library in Duluth, the most stultifying job ever held by anybody on…
The neon lights glow bright along downtown Fargo's Broadway strip.
Our summer books guide highlights books of fiction, mystery and young-adult fiction.
NONFICTION: The first volume of the humorist's diaries, in which he traces his early years of struggle, the death of his mother and his rise to fame, is wildly entertaining but should be taken with a grain of salt.
Every New Year’s Day, I vow to keep a record of every book I read over the next 12 months. I have a special notebook…
Reviews: 'Everything Is Flammable,' by Gabrielle Bell and 'Imagine Wanting Only This,' by Kristen Radtke
NONFICTION: Two memoirs told in graphic-novel form tell powerful — but very different — stories of destruction and rebirth.
“American Gods,” the novel-turned-TV show that Neil Gaiman said could only have been written in the Midwest is now also a coloring book. Of…
The secret is out — you love reading aloud, and you love being read to. I knew it! And I am delighted. Last month I…
Julie Schumacher's new coloring book (yes, you read that right) skewers the world of academe.
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