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FICTION: The final volume of Peter Geye's trilogy takes readers to Minnesota's North Shore, and to 19th-century Norway.
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.
Add these to your list of holiday must-haves, whether it's for a gift for a favorite baker or for yourself.
NONFICTION: The riveting and sometimes harrowing story of Virginia Hall, the one-legged American spy who confounded the Germans.
NONFICTION: In this quietly stunning memoir, Pam Houston finds kindness and solace in unusual places.
The bread-in-5 duo is back, this time with more butter, to the delight of one of the authors.
Need help for Thanksgiving? There's lots of advice out there for everyone hosting their first Thanksgiving, or even old hands wondering how to rev up their traditional feast.
Last minute questions as you're putting the early (or final) touch to the big meal? Help is nearby.
Whether it's for you or a holiday gift, these new baking books will send many to the kitchen in a flurry of flour and sugar.
If you read a review that disagrees with your opinion of the book, do you wonder what you missed?
"Hamilton" biographer sets his sights on another U.S. icon, but don't expect a Broadway musical.
NONFICTION: An American food writer heads to France to learn about butchering meat.
The beauty and danger of sailing a great, untamed lake.
White or brown, sugar is essential to most baked goods. But each kind has its own character.
NONFICTION: "Gunflint Burning" is a riveting account of the Ham Lake Fire — a disaster that didn't have to happen.
End-of-life doulas fill an emotional gap between doctors, family and attitudes about dying.
The group of retired Honeywell employees has, since forming in 2012, built more than 30 ramps for people in need.
Baking with chocolate has its rules, but mostly it boils down to how intense we like our flavors.
The idea began as a nice gesture for parents of children hospitalized with serious conditions, not for days, but for months. So much waiting, so…
The former first lady of Minnesota forged new roles for women.
Growing up across from Comiskey Park, home to the Chicago White Sox, Mary Julia Orban was bound to develop a love for baseball. But she…
Skyler Kuczaboski, now a freshman at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., has created a children's book in the Ojibwe language.
An annual ritual at the Minneapolis Institute of Art begins with a lot of fingers crossed.
Despite its reputation as bland, vanilla is a baker's best friend.
Milk jugs elbow cereal boxes as Olympic honor comes to dairy cases.
The two households' weekly dinners are a testament to intention and connection.
A Minneapolis man has dedicated his life to the legacy of photographer Edward S. Curtis.
Feel the earth move? Nope, that's just Twitter, home to geologic features that tweet.
So who’s behind the geologic banter on Twitter? We contacted @LakeSuperior’s digital ventriloquist, where he tweets from Marquette, Mich. He preferred to keep his…
FICTION: Heart-pounding novel about starting over is set in Alaskan wilderness in '70s.
Superstitious sightseers entering the spectacular five-story rotunda will see "Mississippi: The Father of Waters" lounging in modest Minnesotan nudity.
Don't worry too much about different cinnamon varieties when baking.
What Chris Boles wants people — especially kids — to understand is that you can do amazing things with your own two hands. The heart often follows.
NONFICTION: The tale of a young stowaway to Antarctica illuminates American culture as it emerges from the 1920s.
Hibernating is rejuvenating, and January is cold, so hunker down.
Did you party heartily and are paying the price? Read on. (But don't hold your breath.)
Vikings fans whisper "Skol!" trying not to tempt their Super Bowl karma.
A Twin Cities high school student aims to help kids discover through poetry that "it's cool to be you."
Twin Cities music man Dan Chouinard wants you to put away your ear buds and sing with him.
Patrice Johnson celebrates our "immigrant nation" in new cookbook.
Kids are still celebrating Halloween, but in a safer — if still candy-fueled — way.
Minnesotans shared a few shameful secrets on Twitter this week — and couldn't stop.
Pumpkin gets a reprieve from the spice trend when swirled into a chocolately brownie.
The popular sports reporter reigns by ignoring crowd catcalls, prepping hard and staying focused on the game.
Author of "fake food" exposé asks: What's really in that burger?
NONFICTION: Journalist looks at the growing number of "houseless" folks forced to move between seasonal jobs.
Apple strudel is a trifecta of desserts: It's fun to say ("struuuu-dle"), fun to eat and — trust us — fun to make.
A Minnesota couple's purposeful year in the Boundary Waters is revealed in a new book.
A fictional University of Minnesota professor's quotes fill satirist Andy Borowitz's column in the New Yorker.
NONFICTION: A Nebraska family struggles to keep a small farm afloat.
FICTION: A Norwegian novel explores a dark future without bees, as well as the struggle among parents and children.
No sneaky nutrition here. Vegetables are proud ingredients in these quick breads.
In the words of the official theme song: "The Beer Choir is the choir that sings while drinking beer."
Amid fake news and alternative facts, it's funny how trusting we remain.
Growing movement enables people to learn traditional skills, as well as connect with others.
FICTION: Science needn't fear scrutiny — that is, if it's any good. Same with people.
As conversations at work get bluer, some people are seeing red. But the shift to more casual profanity may be here to stay.
International conference honors native Minnesotan and Jazz Age writer.
FICTION: Connections of small-town life weave web that is suffocating and affirming.
Nelson died June 18 at home in Eden Prairie with family and friends after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in November.
The Instagrammer of Juji the giant doodle — with more than 100,000 followers — is recuperating and has even posted a photo of the aftermath.
The largest local fest of its kind showcases more than 70 exhibitors, with food, speakers and demonstrations.
From a distance, the tree appears home to a dense flock of starlings. As you get closer, you can see that it's an artful tossing of shoes. For decades, students have flung them there — but why?
The swirls and curves of dark and light rye add some pizazz where it's least expected, especially with sandwiches.
After a lifetime on the sidelines of activism, many older women are jumping into the game.
Gen McCarthy’s favorite adjective for people she liked was “peppy.” And because she liked most people, the word got a lot of use. “Mom had…
Black Bride editor Mary Chatman is coming to the Twin Cities to lead a discussion about inclusiveness.
Richard Johnson felt music in his bones, and enabled countless teenagers to feel it in their hearts. From 1963 to 1983, Johnson led the band…
Protest songs have a long history, but the forms and the culture may be changing their purpose.
Ice sculptor's frozen gift to her neighborhood falls prey to unseasonable warmth.
The free event allows customers to write a valentine on several old-school typewriters.
Making sweets for your sweetie is a piece of cake — and pie — and custard.
A Minneapolis social worker helps boomers learn their Medicare A, B, C and D's.
In the midst of the seasonal bout of decluttering, the question always arises: Why are we holding onto books we've already read?The answer doesn't vary:…
Mary Richards may not be an icon to younger viewers who grew up wanting to sip cosmopolitans with Carrie Bradshaw or vanquish vampires alongside Buffy…