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Review: 'The Queen,' by Josh Levin

NONFICTION: The woman who was used as the poster child for welfare fraud in the 1970s had a grim and complicated life story.

Review: 'Lanny,' by Max Porter

May 17
Max Porter
FICTION: Max Porter's second novel takes a dark, mythical excursion into an English village centering on a lad named Lanny.

Review: 'Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, With Baseball on the Brink,' by Kevin Cook

May 17
Chicago Cubs outfielder Dave Kingman sent a two-run homer toward the fence at Wrigley Field on May 17, 1979. Kingman hit three homers in the game and
NONFICTION: After nine innings, the score was tied at 22-22.

Review: 'The Heartland: An American History,' by Kristin Hoganson

May 17
NONFICTION: A scholar debunks claims the Midwest is insulated and isolated in its people and policies.

Review: 'Walking: One Step at a Time,' by Erling Kagge

May 22
NONFICTION: A noted writer explores the transformative experience of taking a walk.

Review: 'Biloxi,' by Mary Miller

May 20
FICTION: "Biloxi" ponders the question whether it's possible to change in late middle age.

REVIEWS: 'The Lost Gutenberg,' by Margaret Leslie Davis, and 'The New Me,' by Halle Butler

May 17
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May 21

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. (Putnam) A woman who survived alone in a marsh becomes a murder suspect. 2. The 18th…
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May 20
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) during a hearing on Capitol Hill

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a superhero? This comic book thinks so

Tales about New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are absurdist and hopeful.
Stage & Arts
May 18
Samuel Robertson with the King James Bible — a highlighter taped to the cover — that he pores through for inspiration. Its antiquated language app

Agnostic Minneapolis painter gives the Old Testament a colorful, surreal new look

Struggling for a subject, an agnostic Minneapolis painter found his purpose in the King James Bible.
Books
May 18

Booksellers recommend books: Birchbark on 'The Great Alone'

“The Great Alone,” by Kristin Hannah Sometimes a day belongs to a book. You don’t know it when you wake up, but you…
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May 17
Writers Laila Lalami and Tommy Orange took part in a discussion about voice and character.

Bookmark: Looking back on the inaugural Wordplay writers festival

Well, in the end, it was all pretty great, wasn’t it? Starting with the weather, which had been iffy right up to the opening of…
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May 17

Twin Cities area book events May 19-26

PHYLLIS ROOT AND BETSY BOWEN: "The Lost Forest." 5 p.m. today. Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. MAX PORTER: "Lanny." 7…
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May 16
Director Woody Allen

The word on Woody Allen's memoir: No thank you

Director's career has been all but derailed by resurfaced allegations that he molested his daughter nearly three decades ago — allegations he denies.
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May 14
Amélie Wen Zhao canceled the publication of her young adult novel, “Blood Heir,” after criticism over the book’s depictions of slavery, but, af

Debut novel ignites online controversy: 'Outrage travels quickly'

Yanked over protests, human trafficking story is being published after all.
Books
May 13
Julian Herbert

Review: Revealing 'a small genocide' in Mexico

NONFICTION: Julián Herbert explores roots and repercussions of the deaths of more than 300 Chinese immigrants in 1911.
Books
May 13

Review: 'Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide,' by Tony Horwitz

NONFICTION: The author of "Confederates in the Attic" travels through the South, following a path set by a journalist 160 years before.
Books
May 12

Reviews: 'Lost Without the River,' by Barbara Hoffbeck Scoblic and 'Queer Voices,' edited by Andrea Jenkins, John Medeiros and Lisa Marie Brimmer

Lost Without the RiverBy Barbara Hoffbeck Scoblic. (She Writes Press, 271 pages, $16.95.)I may never be able to sort out whether I enjoyed this memoir…
Books
May 11
The Rock Bottom Remainders--including literary giants Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry and other writers--kicked off the Wordplay Festival Friday, Ma

Wordplay festival in Minneapolis is readers' heaven

Thousands flock to downtown Minneapolis for event featuring all things literary.
Books
May 10

Booksellers recommend books: Subtext Books on 'I Miss You When I Blink'

“I Miss You When I Blink,” by Mary Laura Philpott. This collection of essays/memoir is so, so good. Mary Laura succinctly articulates feelings…
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May 10

Book events, May 13 to May 19

ANGIE KIM: “Miracle Creek.” 7 p.m. Mon. Excelsior Bay Books, 36 Water St., Excelsior. BETH DOOLEY: “In Winter’s Kitchen.” 7 p.m. Tue. Le…
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May 10
Award-winning Minneapolis writer recounts harrowing Lyft ride in viral tweets

Award-winning Minneapolis writer recounts harrowing Lyft ride in viral tweets

Was Kelly Barnhill's Houston Lyft driver trying to run up the bill? Or something else?
Books
May 10
Ian McEwan

Review: 'Machines Like Me,' by Ian McEwan

FICTION: A richly inventive novel in which two lovers find their lives turned around by a synthetic human.
Books
May 10
Does your favorite spot change by the season?

What's your favorite spot to read, and why?

We all have our favorite spots, for all kinds of reasons, and they may change with the seasons or over time.
Books
May 10
Marcie R. Rendon

Review: 'Girl Gone Missing,' by Marcie R. Rendon

FICTION: When young women begin disappearing from Moorhead State, Cash Blackbear sets out to find them.
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May 10
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Review: 'A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father,' by David Maraniss

NONFICTION: An acclaimed biographer turns his gaze onto his own family, and his father's fervent political life.
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May 10
This photograph taken Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Alexander City, Ala., shows the front page of the town newspaper following the slaying of Willie Max

REVIEW: 'Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee,' by Casey Cep

NONFICTION: After decades of silence, novelist Harper Lee set out to write a nonfiction book about a serial killer.
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