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December 27, 2019

Bedside Table: Readers recommend books

Being a third-generation Norwegian, I have never given much thought to what Norway was like in the 1880s. I just finished “Searching for Nora”…
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December 27, 2019
Brock Clarke

Review: 'Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?' by Brock Clarke

FICTION: A lonely middle-aged man takes off with his aunt on a trip of adventures and crimes. And yes, you've read something like this before.
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December 27, 2019
Rosa Liksom

Review: 'The Colonel's Wife,' by Rosa Liksom, translated from the Finnish by Lola Rogers

FICTION: A woman looks back on her life, coming to terms with the fact that she spent most of her years as an apologist for fascism.
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December 27, 2019
Robert Harris

Review: 'The Second Sleep,' by Robert Harris

FICTION: Set 800 years in the future during a second Dark Age, a priest becomes obsessed with the vanished society of current Britain.
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December 27, 2019
Danez Smith's second book with Graywolf Press, 'Homie," will be published in January.

Bookmark: Looking forward to the books of 2020

You don’t need me to remind you that this is the darkest, coldest time of year. Just scrape the frost off your window, look outside,…
Books
December 27, 2019
Kiley Reid

Review: 'Such a Fun Age,' by Kiley Reid

FICTION: Kiley Reid's brilliant debut engages with contemporary matters without losing sight of the characters at its center.
Books
December 24, 2019

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The Guardians, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a…
Duluth
December 23, 2019
Louis Jenkins during a poetry reading at St. Paul's University Club in 2014.

Poetry master who took inspiration from Minnesota winter, Louis Jenkins dies at 77

Often associated with Duluth, Jenkins had worked as a librarian, truck driver and commercial fisherman while publishing.
December 23, 2019

Review: 'In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth,' by Jack Goldsmith

NONFICTION: A lawyer, a stepfather with mob ties and the death of Jimmy Hoffa tied together "In Hoffa's Shadow."
Books
December 22, 2019

Review: 'The Fall of Richard Nixon,' by Tom Brokaw

The Fall of Richard NixonBy Tom Brokaw. (Random House, 226 pages, $27.)Tom Brokaw has good timing. He took over the White House beat in time…
Books
December 20, 2019

Review: 'Home Now: How 6,000 Refugees Transformed an American Town,' by Cynthia Anderson

NONFICTION: Cynthia Anderson's book traces the successes and tensions that a new population of immigrants sparked.
Books
December 20, 2019
From “Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” adapted by Peter Kuper.

Review: Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness,' by Peter Kuper

GRAPHIC NOVEL: This New Yorker artist's adaptation of "Heart of Darkness" highlights the wounds of colonialism.
Books
December 20, 2019
Deborah Levy photo by Sheila Burnett

Review: 'The Man Who Saw Everything,' by Deborah Levy

FICTION: An egotistical academic tries to understand why he's seeing images from what looks like the future.
Books
December 20, 2019

Review: 'The Hardest Lot of Men,' by Joseph C. Fitzharris

NONFICTION: The little-known story of a Minnesota regiment is a welcome addition to Civil War histories.
Books
December 20, 2019
Stefano Bloch's graffiti.

Don't miss: 'Going All City,' by Stefano Bloch

“Going All City,” Stefano Bloch’s memoir about growing up in 1990s Los Angeles, is a surprising and intimate look inside the life of a graffiti…
Books
December 20, 2019
The books owned by Anita White’s parents were thoroughly used.

Bookmark: Readers feel strongly about writing in books

Presumably, sometime in the near future — at Christmas, or on a birthday or some other occasion — you will be given a book. Will…
Books
December 17, 2019

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The Rise of Magicks, by Nora Roberts. (St. Martin’s) The third book in the Chronicles of the One series. Fallon Swift goes…
Books
December 15, 2019
"Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Espirit Radisson," by Mark Bourrie, and "Layover" by David Bell.

REVIEW: 'Bush Runner,' by Mark Bourrie, and 'Layover,' by David Bell

Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit RadissonBy Mark Bourrie. (Biblioasis, 314 pages, $18.95.) It's not too hard to guess that Radisson — whose name graces…
Books
December 14, 2019
Porter Fox, author of “Northland.”

Booksellers recommend books: 'Northland' by Porter Fox

‘Northland’ by Porter Fox An intriguing and adventurous journey across the U.S./Canada border that is full of travel exploration, history, current events, statistics and…
Books
December 13, 2019
Rodrigo Marquez Tizano

Review: 'Jakarta,' by Rodrigo Marquez Tizano, translated from the Spanish by Thomas Bunstead

FICTION: The narrator of this haunting novel chronicles the breakdown of society in a pandemic.
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