Former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith rediscovered poetry's power while crisscrossing rural America

November 16
Tracy K. Smith will appear Nov. 21 in St. Paul as the final guest in this year’s Talking Volumes series.
Smith, who might be poetry's most generous ambassador, will discuss that love Nov. 21 in St. Paul as the final guest of this year's Talking Volumes series.

Review: 'The Big Book of the Dead,' by Marion Winik

November 15
Marion Winik
NONFICTION: These tributes to the dead create a "chain of remembering."

BOOKS IN BRIEF: 'The Giver of Stars,' by Jojo Moyes, and 'A Better Man,' by Louise Penny

November 17

Review: 'Wyoming,' by J.P. Gritton

November 15
FICTION: This debut novel's genius lies in its humanization of a man with serious flaws.

Review: 'The Confession Club,' by Elizabeth Berg

November 15
FICTION: "The Confession Club" takes us on another visit to the town that introduced us to "Arthur Truluv."

Review: 'Canyon Dreams,' by Michael Powell

November 15
NONFICTION: In "Canyon Dreams," Michael Powell has written a sports book that is about so much more.
Books
November 15
“The Poppy Wife,” by Caroline Scott, and “On Swift Horses,” by Shannon Pufahl.

BOOKS IN BRIEF: 'The Poppy Wife,' by Caroline Scott, and 'On Swift Horses,' by Shannon Pufahl

The Poppy Wife By Caroline Scott. (William Morrow, 423 pages, $16.99.) Edie had settled into her grief when the envelope came through the mail slot.…
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November 15
Andy Greenberg

Review: 'Sandworm,' by Andy Greenberg

NONFICTION: Andy Greenberg's book insists the U.S. is one computer virus away from infrastructure meltdown.
Books
November 15

'The United States Welcomes You,' a poem by Tracy K. Smith

Why and by whose power were you sent?What do you see that you may wish to steal?Why this dancing? Why do your dark bodiesDrink up…
Books
November 12

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The Night Fire, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown) Harry Bosch and Renée Ballard return to take up a case that held the…
Books
November 11
Ronan Farrow, author of “Catch and Kill,” in which he outlines his view of roadblocks NBC News set up that led him to take his Harvey Weinstein st

Review: 'Catch and Kill,' by Ronan Farrow

NONFICTION: Ronan Farrow's "Catch and Kill" reveals a spy story and portraits of perseverance.
Books
November 8
Deirdre Bair

Review: 'Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Me'

NONFICTION: The biographer of two of the 20th century's most famous authors shares what it was like to know them.
Books
November 8

Review: 'Right After the Weather,' by Carol Anshaw

FICTION: Carol Anshaw's latest novel examines the reverberations of trauma and the dissonance of being a reluctant hero.
Books
November 8

Review: 'The Great Pretender,' by Susannah Cahalan

NONFICTION: A thrilling and lively work of investigative journalism unmasks a 1970s study that fundamentally changed the discipline of psychiatry.
Books
November 8
A statue of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin in Ukraine.

Review: 'Mud and Stars,' by Sara Wheeler

NONFICTION: In search of Russian literary greats and the landscape that influenced them.
Books
November 8
Allen Eskens

Review: 'Nothing More Dangerous,' by Allen Eskens

FICTION: Friendship and racism are explored in this novel set in 1970s Missouri.
Books
November 8
Billy-Ray Belcourt

Poetry reviews: Ethna McKiernan, Su Hwang, Su Smallen Love, Raych Jackson and Billy-Ray Belcourt

POETRY: These five collections with Minnesota connections thrum with heart and wisdom.
Books
November 7
President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a ceremony to present the Presidential Citizens Medal posthumously to Rick Rescorla in the East Room of the

Anonymous author's new book about Trump portrays a presidency on the brink

"A Warning" is an unsparing character study of Donald Trump, from his morality to his intellectual depth, which the author writes is based on his or her observations and experiences.
Books
November 5

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The Guardians, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a…
Books
November 5
Lindy West

Writer Lindy West tackles everything from abortion to Donald Trump

Fierce and funny writer Lindy West fights misogyny in the media, arguing that bad pop culture breeds bad politics.
Books
November 5
Chanel Miller, author of “Know My Name.”

Victim in Brock Turner assault case reclaims her story in new book

NONFICTION: Stanford assault victim Chanel Miller's new book indicts her attacker — and the system.
Books
November 3

BOOKS IN BRIEF: 'Night Shade,' by Pauline Knaeble Williams, and 'The Family Upstairs,' by Lisa Jewell

Night ShadeBy Pauline Knaeble Williams. (40 Press, 224 pages, $16.95 paperback.)Ambitious and arresting, Minneapolis native Pauline Knaeble Williams' second novel tells the story of Penny…
Books
November 2

Don't Miss: Chan Poling and Lucy Michell and "Jack & the Ghost"

In this ghost story set on the North Shore, a fisherman mourns the loss of his one true love, Lake Superior’s ferocious waves crash against…
Books
November 2
Lindy West

Review: 'The Witches Are Coming,' by Lindy West

NONFICTION: In these funny, pointed essays, the author warns that a cultural reckoning is coming.
Books
November 2

Review: 'Nothing to See Here,' by Kevin Wilson

FICTION: Children catch fire and their dad tries to keep them hidden in this insightful novel.
Books
November 2

Review: 'The Starless Sea,' by Erin Morgenstern

FICTION: An old book leads a grad student on an epic quest to a vast underground library.
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