Review: 'The Wonder,' by Emma Donoghue

Review: 'The Wonder,' by Emma Donoghue

FICTION: An English nurse is dispatched to Ireland to monitor a girl who is said to be living on air and the grace of God.

Review: 'Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life,' by Ruth Franklin

September 23
Review: 'Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life,' by Ruth Franklin
NONFICTION: Impressive biography of Shirley Jackson sheds light on an underappreciated midcentury American writer known for her haunting short story "The Lottery."

Reviews: 'The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,' by Amy Schumer, and, 'Oneida,' by Ellen Wayland-Smith

September 26
Reviews: 'The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,' by Amy Schumer, and, 'Oneida,' by Ellen Wayland-Smith

New York Times bestsellers

September 27

Review: 'Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids,' by Nicholson Baker

September 23
NONFICTION: Renowned writer Nicholson Baker shares his experiences in the classroom as an on-call substitute teacher.

Review: 'All That Man Is,' by David Szalay

September 26
FICTION: Man Booker Prize-shortlisted tales focus on European contemporary life.

Review: 'Moscow Nights,' by Nigel Cliff

September 23
NONFICTION: An affectionate, entertaining biography of American pianist Van Cliburn, whose passion for Russian music briefly paused the Cold War.
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September 23

Review: 'The Risen,' by Ron Rash

FICTION: Two small-town brothers are forced to deal with the past and a woman they knew 40 years earlier.
Books
September 23

University of Minnesota and Mankato State bringing in big writers this fall

I am trying to imagine what a conversation might be like between Claudia Rankine and Marilynne Robinson. Two brilliant women, successful writers, deep thinkers. What…
Books
September 23

Review: 'When in French,' by Lauren Collins

NONFICTION: A New Yorker writer marries a Frenchman without speaking his native language.
Books
September 23

Readers share stories of learning to read

I learned to read by sounding out the shortest words in comic books while my mother braided my hair every morning. I discovered the public…
Variety
September 23

Duluth's Holy Cow! Press announces major new Midwest fiction prize

Lindquist & Vennum, which sponsors Milkweed Edition's poetry prize, will sponsor this new fiction award of $5,000.
Variety
September 21

Kirkus Award finalists announced

Winners will each receive $50,000.
Books
September 21

Review: 'The Chosen Ones,' by Steve Sem-Sandberg

FICTION: A chilling and deeply affecting novel set in a children's clinic in Vienna.
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September 20

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny. (Minotaur) A police academy instructor is found murdered, perhaps by one of the cadets favored by…
Books
September 19

Fall brings big books and big author events to the Twin Cities

Get hip to fall's biggest books, plus local readings by Jonathan Safran Foer, Michael Chabon and more.
Books
September 19

REVIEW: 'The Home Place,' by J. Drew Lanham

NONFICTION: A birder and naturalist embraces land and sky in this thoughtful memoir.
Books
September 18

REVIEWS: 'Razor Girl,' by Carl Hiaasen, and 'Champagne Baby,' by Laure Dugas

Razor GirlBy Carl Hiaasen. (Alfred A. Knopf, 333 pages, $27.95.)Carl Hiaasen's comic genius stems not only from his ability to invent crazy characters, but also…
Books
September 16

Review: 'Little Nothing,' by Marisa Silver

FICTION: "Little Nothing" is the tale of a tiny girl born to elderly peasants who goes through many metamorphoses.
Books
September 16

When squiggles became words: Readers share stories of learning to read

Some of you learned to read by looking at photo captions in National Geographic, the printing on your mother’s cigarette pack, the label on your…
Books
September 16

Review: 'Here I Am,' by Jonathan Safran Foer

FICTION: A Jewish-American family is in crisis amid disaster and war.
Books
September 16

Review: 'Leave Me,' by Gayle Forman

FICTION: A woman starts over in implausible yet entertaining "Leave Me."
Books
September 16

Review: 'Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs,' by Robert Kanigel

NONFICTION: Robert Kanigel's magisterial biography of Jane Jacobs captures the woman behind the legend.
Books
September 16

REVIEW: 'Nutshell,' by Ian McEwan

FICTION: A clever, witty and allusive tale of murder and betrayal, narrated by an unborn baby.
Variety
September 15

What, no Louise Erdrich? National Book Award long list for fiction ignores Minnesota star's 'LaRose'

Some notable writers are missing from the long list for the National Book Awards, including Minnesota's Louise Erdrich, whose novel, "LaRose," was critically acclaimed.
Books
September 14

For better or worse, author Carl Hiaasen feels pull of Norwegian pedigree

The writer will visit the Twin Cities this month to talk about his latest romp through the bizarre life of the Florida Keys.
Variety
September 14

National Book Award long list for nonfiction carries a serious tone

This year's Pulitzer winner for fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen, is on the list for his new book about the legacy of the Vietnam War.
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