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October 27, 2019

BOOKS IN BRIEF: 'Park Avenue Summer,' by Renee Rosen, and 'The League of Wives,' by Heath Hardage Lee

Park Avenue Summer By Renee Rosen. (Penguin Random House, 366 pages, $16.)   New York City, 1965 — where the air is thick with cigarette…
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October 26, 2019
Karen Armstrong

Author and ex-nun Karen Armstrong on scripture: 'Religion ... is an art form'

Sacred writings lose their purpose when reduced to an arbiter to resolve feuds, exclude or oppress, argues Talking Volumes guest Karen Armstrong.
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October 25, 2019
In rainy Dublin, we crossed the Ha’penny Bridge to the Winding Stair Bookshop and loaded up on books.

Bookmark: When it rains steadily during your hiking vacation, it's good to have a book or two on hand

It was raining in Ireland, and it was starting to get me down. Before you say, “It always rains in Ireland!” let me tell you:…
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October 25, 2019

Don't Miss: O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry

For 23 years, the University of St. Thomas’ Center for Irish Studies has honored an Irish poet annually with a reception, a reading and an…
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October 25, 2019
Azadeh Moaveni

Review: 'Guest House for Young Widows: The Women of ISIS,' by Azadeh Moaveni

NONFICTION: What compels a modern woman to join ISIS? This collection of interviews gives a clue.
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October 25, 2019

Review: 'A Nail, a Rose,' by Madeleine Bourdouxhe, translated from the French by Faith Evans

FICTION: These captivating tales from the mid-20th century explore the singular minds of ordinary women.
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October 25, 2019
Brian Allen Carr

Review: 'Opioid, Indiana,' by Brian Allen Carr

FICTION: A teen moves from Texas to the Midwest and has trouble fitting in.
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October 25, 2019
Andrew Blauner

Review: 'The Peanuts Papers,' edited by Andrew Blauner

NONFICTION: Essays reveal Minnesota-born cartoonist Charles M. Schulz's lasting impact on literature.
Books
October 25, 2019

Excerpt from Karen Armstrong's 'The Lost Art of Scripture'

Descartes had heroically pioneered the Age of Reason, which would bring about spectacular advances in science, philosophy and technology, but it would also transform the…
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October 25, 2019
"Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts," by Kate Racculia, and "Silver, Sword & Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story."

BOOKS IN BRIEF: 'Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts,' by Kate Racculia, and 'Silver, Sword & Stone,' by Marie Arana

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts By Kate Racculia. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 359 pages, $26.) If there is a magic trick in this novel, it’s that…
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October 25, 2019
Hillary Clinton spoke Thursday in Minneapolis during a book event promoting her new book “The Book of Gutsy Women.”

In promoting book, Clintons urge Minnesotans to make a difference in 2020 vote

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton made a stop in Minneapolis to promote their just-released "The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience."
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October 22, 2019

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. (One World) A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a…
Inspired
October 20, 2019
Neve Campbell Credit: Associated Press

Report: Neve Campbell to play mom of dying Twin Cities teen who wrote 'Clouds'

The song became a worldwide sensation at the time of his death from a rare form of bone cancer in May 2013.
Books
October 18, 2019

Shelftalker: Booksellers recommend books

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” by Ocean Vuong This book was so beloved that Duluth’s Zenith Bookstore posted two Shelftalkers: It’s so heartbreaking to…
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October 18, 2019
Alan Taylor photo by Dan Addison, UVA

Review: 'Thomas Jefferson's Education,' by Alan Taylor

NONFICTION: A richly detailed account of the founding of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson's campaign to reform the plantation culture of the South.
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October 18, 2019

Review: 'Pilgrimage to Eternity,' by Timothy Egan

NONFICTION: Timothy Egan leads readers on a soul-searching journey that's personal, historical and worthwhile.
Books
October 18, 2019
Gail Collins

Review: 'No Stopping Us Now,' by Gail Collins

NONFICTION: Gail Collins' new book traces the history and power — and lack thereof — of older women in America.
Books
October 18, 2019

Review: 'One Day,' by Gene Weingarten

NONFICTION: A storyteller digs into a random 24 hours in America.
Books
October 18, 2019
Peter Handke, who was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature, is a far-right Austrian writer who eulogized a convicted war criminal. PEN America a

Bookmark: Should literary prizes be judged by the book, or by the author? Or by both?

What should we think when the art is beautiful but the artist is reprehensible? Can we judge books — or paintings, or movies, or music…
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October 18, 2019
Sheila O’Connor photo by Devon Cox

Review: 'Evidence of V,' by Sheila O'Connor

FICTION: Experimental novel captures a terrifying story via "fragments, fact, fiction."
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