I was reading “Catastrophe,” a nonfiction book about a super volcano eruption that led to the bubonic plague reaching the Mediterranean for the first time as we went into shelter in place. I have yet to pick it up again. Instead, I turned to my old friend, Jane Austen, and my husband to his, John Steinbeck.

Mary Ann Troness, White Bear Lake


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