FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, p

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of "Portnoy's Complaint" to the elegiac lyricism of "American Pastoral," died Tuesday night at age 85.

Review: 'Last Stories,' by William Trevor

May 17
William Trevor Irish Times
FICTION: A final, characteristically deft collection of stories from an Irish writer.

Review: 'The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West,' by John Branch

May 17
John Branch Photo by Catherine Branch
NONFICTION: Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter John Branch follows a family of cattle ranchers and rodeo stars.

New York Times bestsellers

May 22

'Bad Blood' reveals fraud in the name of better health care at Theranos

May 21
NONFICTION: A Wall Street Journal reporter exposes lies at health care company Theranos.

Reviews: 'Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story,' by Chris Nashawaty, and 'The Recipe Box,' by Viola Shipman

May 20

Review: 'The Displaced,' edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen

May 17
NONFICTION: This timely collection of essays by more than a dozen writers brings the plight of the refugee back into focus.
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May 19

Twin Cities area book events May 20-27

MARY FILLMORE: “An Address in Amsterdam.” 10 a.m. today. Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 S. Hamline Av., St. Paul. DORIS RUBENSTEIN:…
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May 19

Readers recommend books: Mystery writer Gerry Schmitt on gritty thrillers

I’m reading (and loving) my competition right now, wishing I could master the lackadaisical yet tough-guy voice John Sandford brings to “Twisted Prey.” Michael Connelly’s…
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May 18

Audiobooks: The words of Martin Luther King as you've never heard them

“The Radical King,” by Martin Luther King, Cornel West, ed. (Audible Studios. Unabridged, 11¼ hours.) Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of…
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May 18

Review: 'Adventures of a Young Naturalist,' by David Attenborough

NONFICTION: TV naturalist roamed the world in the 1950s, bringing home exotic animals and a love of the planet.
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May 17
Carys Davies, Writer
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Review: 'West,' by Carys Davies

FICTION: Set in the early 19th century, novel traces the lives of a man who heads "West," and the daughter he left behind.
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May 17
Author Tom Wolfe, who began as a journalist, believed reporting was key to great fiction.

Tom Wolfe electrified fiction

He anticipated our era's melodrama, yet believed the future of the novel lay in its Victorian past.
Books
May 15
American author and journalist Tom Wolfe in 2016, in his living room in New York. Wolfe died at a New York City hospital. He was 88.

Tom Wolfe, author of 'The Right Stuff,' 'Bonfire of the Vanities,' dies at 88

In his use of novelistic techniques in his nonfiction, Wolfe helped create the enormously influential hybrid known as the New Journalism.
Books
May 15

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Twisted Prey, by John Sandford. (Putnam) The 28th book in the Prey series. A federal marshal looks into the actions of a…
Books
May 15
Wednesday is Tracy K. Smith Day in Minnesota

Wednesday is Tracy K. Smith Day in Minnesota

Gov. Dayton issues proclamation honoring U.S. Poet Laureate, who is speaking here.
Books
May 14

Booksellers recommend books: Milkweed on 'Blue Self-Portrait'

“Blue Self-Portrait,” by Noémi Lefebvre. Art history and unreliable narrators! On a flight from Berlin to Paris, the narrator’s careening internal monologue probes ideas…
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May 14
Author Stephen King attends the Book Expo 2017 event held at the Jacob Javits Center on June 1, 2017 in New York City.

Stephen King's new mystery is a bait and switch

FICTION: "The Outsider" is sort of two books in one. Either one alone would have been more satisfying.
Books
May 12

Reviews: 'Robin: The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams,' by Dave Itzkoff, and 'The Hidden Light of Northern Fires,' by Daren Wang

Robin: The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams By Dave Itzkoff. (Henry Holt and Co., 529 pages, $30.)   Robin Williams developed into one of the…
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May 12
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Review: 'The Electric Woman,' by Tessa Fontaine

NONFICTION: After her adventurous mother is felled by a series of strokes, Tessa Fontaine runs off to join the circus in this thrilling, moving memoir.
Books
May 11

Twin Cities area book events May 13-20

CARL BROOKINS: “Grand Lac.” 2 p.m. today. Barnes & Noble Har, Mar Mall, 2100 N. Snelling Av., Roseville. DEB ARONSON: “Alexandra the Great.”…
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May 11
There's only so much time to read what you want to read.

Too much to read? Readers share tips on how to edit your reading list

Maybe the best way to manage your reading is to set ironclad limits, however random.
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May 11

Review: 'Tin Man,' by Sarah Winman

FICTION: British author Sarah Winman's novel is an emotional roller coaster.
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May 11
Downtown Sioux Falls, which provided fodder for “Our Towns.”Star Tribune file

Review: 'Our Towns,' by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows

NONFICTION: Writers James and Deborah Fallows crisscrossed the U.S., visiting small towns — and what they found gave them hope for America.
Books
May 11
Elizabeth H. Winthrop

Review: 'The Mercy Seat,' by Elizabeth Winthrop

FICTION: Elizabeth Winthrop's fourth novel is a deeply felt story about a prisoner awaiting execution in 1940s Louisiana.
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May 11
Tracy K. Smith

Review: 'Wade in the Water,' by Tracy K. Smith

POETRY: Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith mines old documents and letters to tell the nation's story.
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May 10
Melanie Finn

Review: 'The Underneath,' by Melanie Finn

FICTION: "The Underneath" is a dark, cynical thriller that's difficult to put down.
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