Valeria Luiselli

Coffee House Press is a finalist for Kirkus Prizes in so many ways

Coffee House writers and former writers are on the list of the prestigious prize.

Review: 'Sontag: Her Life and Work,' by Benjamin Moser

September 13
Susan Sontag at home in New York City in 1989. Eddie Hausner • New York Times ORG XMIT: NYT25
NONFICTION: Benjamin Moser's "Sontag" is a tour de force, illuminating a landmark career and the divided woman behind it.
BOOKS

Minnesota artist's novel about queer black teens is one of fall's hottest books

September 16
“The Stars and the Blackness Between Them” portrays black youth “a way that I’d never seen myself depicted as a young kid,” says author Juna
After puppets and poetry, theater and film, artist Junauda Petrus is releasing her first young adult novel about two queer, black teenagers.
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10 best books of fall 2019, from magical tales to heartwrenching memoirs

September 13

A black author grapples with his own racism in 'How to Be an Antiracist'

September 16
NONFICTION: National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi explores the roots of racism.

Reviews: 'What Rose Forgot,' by Nevada Barr, and 'Kopp Sisters on the March,' by Amy Stewart

September 15
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Washington Post reporter dissed Minnesota county, then moved there. Now he won't leave

September 13
Christopher Ingraham now has written a book about his adopted home, where he is still living out his fantasy.
Books
September 17

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. A Better Man, by Louise Penny. (Minotaur) The 15th book in the “Chief Inspector Gamache” series. The search for a missing girl…
Books
September 13

Don't Miss: St. Paul Almanac release party

The last time I was at a release party for a “St. Paul Almanac,” there were readings, there was music, there was cake, there…
Books
September 13

Review: 'The World That We Knew,' by Alice Hoffman

FICTION: History mixes with myth as a Jewish girl and her protector seek safety in World War II France.
Books
September 13
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Review: 'The Stars and the Blackness Between Them,' by Junauda Petrus

YOUNG ADULT: When a Trinidadian teenager falls in love with another girl, her mother banishes her to Minneapolis.
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September 13

Review: 'Night Boat to Tangier,' by Kevin Barry

FICTION: A lyrical, dark and funny novel about worn-out Irish criminals pining for a reunion that might never occur.
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September 13
Anna Burns reads her own "Milkman."Photo by Eleni Stefanou

Audiobooks: These 3 writers are also great narrators

Any devoted audiobook listener can attest: Spending hours in the company of a terrible reader — a shrieker, mumbler, droner, tooth whistler or overzealous thespian…
Books
September 10

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. (Putnam) In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman…
Books
September 9
Salman Rushdie's new book: "Quichotte."

Review: 'Quichotte,' by Salman Rushdie

FICTION: With a subtext of Trump, "Quichotte" is a "Don Quixote" for our time.
Books
September 9
P.J. Tracy

Twin Cities area book events Sept. 8-15

J.M. LEE: “Flames of the Dark Crystal.” 3 p.m. today. Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Av., St. Paul. JERRY SCHUMM: “Pass the Paddle.”…
Books
September 9

Reviews: 'The Institute,' by Stephen King, and 'Miracle Creek,' by Angie Kim

The Institute By Stephen King (Scribner, 557 pages, $30.)   It appears that when Stephen King was in town this year for the inaugural Wordplay…
Books
September 6

Review: 'Akin,' by Emma Donoghue

FICTION: A retired professor and his street-smart 11-year-old great-nephew travel to France in a wise, warm tale.
Books
September 6

Readers recommend books: 'The Art of Dying Well'

I’m reading “The Art of Dying Well” by Katy Butler. While some friends have told me that it sounds depressing, I’m finding it uplifting…
Books
September 6

Review: 'Middle England,' by Jonathan Coe

FICTION: A very funny satire follows several connected folks through modern upheavals.
Books
September 6

Review: 'Fly Already,' stories by Etgar Keret

FICTION: Etgar Keret finds the humor in situations surreal and heartbreaking, from fatherhood to bro-ish metafictional fables.
Books
September 6
Faith Sullivan photo by Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

Review: 'Ruby & Roland,' by Faith Sullivan

FICTION: When a strong-minded hired girl falls in love with a married farmer from a small Minnesota town, she has some hard decisions to make.
Books
September 6

Review: 'The Ungrateful Refugee,' by Dina Nayeri

NONFICTION: An Iranian refugee weaves her own miraculous story with those of more recent asylum-seekers.
Books
September 5
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Bookmark: The joys of shopping for used books

A shopper shares her lessons on the type of books she finds at sales.
Music
September 5
Co-author details 'extremely unlikely' story behind new Prince memoir

Co-author details 'extremely unlikely' story behind new Prince memoir

Dan Piepenbring describes the book as "Prince the raconteur, in a storytelling mode reminiscent of his more narrative songs."
Books
September 4
Margaret Atwood published "The Handmaid's Tale" in 1985.

Eagerly anticipated sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale' offers thrills, chills and humor

Review: Margaret Atwood offers a trio of new narrators in "The Testaments," including that mercurial assassin Aunt Lydia.
Books
September 3

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.
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