Recent content from Maureen McCarthy
Learning a new language at 60? It seemed like a good idea at the time.
NONFICTION: An unusual murder case in Belle Epoque Paris becomes even more so when hypnosis is tried as a defense.
A new history exposes the hand of former St. Paul Police Chief Tom Brown in some of the city’s most infamous crimes.
BOOK REVIEW: A circus elephant’s life collides with Thomas Edison’s electrical wizardry to sad and strange effect at the turn of the 20th century.
Nonfiction: Baseball may owe its survival to the 1883 pennant race and those who transformed a failing sport.
New Yorker writer and foodie Adam Gopnik analyzes, sometimes charmingly, what we eat and why we eat it.
Travel guidebooks can tell you hundreds of sights to visit, but Barrie Kerper wants you to understand what you see.
Students aren't the only people graduating this spring. Twelve members of the 2009-10 Minneapolis Principals' Academy graduate this month, and five will be school principals next year.
Edward Achorn rediscovers the amazing story of one of early baseball's dominant pitchers and the season that made him great.
The history of baseball card collecting shows that this kid's hobby was never really child's play.
"Tears of Mermaids" dives deep to find the connections between pearl divers and the women who wear their finds.
An unexpected phone call from her birth mother prompts the writer to re-examine her definition of family.
A New York Times reporter who wrote about the housing bubble also got caught up in it.
The U.S.-German match in the 1937 Davis Cup tournament semifinals had significance and meaning beyond the world of tennis.
Get in the swing of the season with these books about baseball history, umping, pitching and playing -- each with its own Twins reference, too.
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