Marilynne Robinson

Review: 'Jack,' by Marilynne Robinson

FICTION: In her new Gilead novel, Marilynne Robinson writes about a relationship between a white man and a Black woman.

Review: 'The Man Who Ran Washington,' by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

September 25
Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
NONFICTION: An informative, nuanced, judicious biography of James Baker, one of the most influential unelected public officials in late 20th-century America.

Review: 'Likes,' by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum

September 25
Sarah Bynum
FICTION: Sarah Bynum engages with race and class in her new story collection.

Review: 'Just Like You,' by Nick Hornby

September 25
FICTION: A warm and witty novel about a relationship between two people from different backgrounds.

Review: 'A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear,' by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

September 25
NONFICTION: A New Hampshire town takes on a libertarian experiment with humorous and tragic results.

Quarantine read: 'That Affair Next Door'

September 25

Bookmark: Remembering the moment of becoming a reader

September 25
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September 25
Claudia Rankine during her Talking Volumes appearance Sept. 22, 2020.

Famed author Claudia Rankine brings her conversation about race to Minnesotans via Zoom

Watch the writer's appearance as she opened our Talking Volumes book series.
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September 23
Marilynne Robinson's "Jack" is highly anticipated. Photo by Alec Soth

The top 15 books we're looking forward to this autumn

And just like that, the summer of COVID has become the autumn of COVID. And we are all looking forward — perhaps with trepidation —…
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September 21
Ivy Pochoda

REVIEW: Ivy Pochoda's excellent "These Women" illuminates those who live in the margins

FICTION: Ivy Pochoda's excellent "These Women" illuminates those who live in the margins.
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September 21
Helen Macdonald photo by Bill Johnston Jr

Review: 'Vesper Flights,' by Helen Macdonald

NONFICTION: An insightful collection of essays about our relationship with the natural world.
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September 20

REVIEWS: 'This Is Big,' by Marisa Meltzer and 'A Private Cathedral,' by James Lee Burke

This Is BigBy Marisa Meltzer. (Little, Brown, 304 pages, $28.)How do you feel about people who kvetch about money and then spend $900 on a…
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September 19
Claudia Rankine

In her new book 'Just Us,' Claudia Rankine invites us all to talk about white privilege

Silence on the issue equals "the constant death of Black people," says the first guest in this year's virtual Talking Volumes series,
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September 18

Quarantine read: Reader recommends 'Bruno, Chief of Police' series

Martin Walker’s “Bruno, Chief of Police” series to calm the COVID soul. A few times a year — summers are best, when I’m on the…
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September 18
Graham Swift photo by Janus van den Ejinden

REVIEW: 'Here We Are,' by Graham Swift

FICTION: A quietly brilliant novel about three entertainers and their relationships onstage and off in 1950s England.
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September 18
Laila Lalami photo by April Rocha

REVIEW: 'Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America,' by Laila Lalami

NONFICTION: Exploring the exclusion of vast swaths of the population from the basic privileges of citizenship.
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September 18
Eleanor Herman photo by Sigrid Estrada

REVIEW: 'Sex With Presidents,' by Eleanor Herman

NONFICTION: A books that asks: Does wanting to be president also make men cheat?
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September 18
Terrion Williamson

REVIEW: 'Black in the Middle,' edited by Terrion L. Williamson

NONFICTION: A new anthology edited by a University of Minnesota professor brings many voices to define what it means to be Black in the Heartland.
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September 17
Jonathan C. Slaght photo by Sergey Avdeyuk

Minneapolis writer's debut book on longlist for National Book Award

“Owls of the Eastern Ice,” a nonfiction narrative account of a scientist’s search to find and conserve a rare owl in far eastern Russia,…
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September 17
Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson joins Talking Volumes lineup

The author of "Caste" will close out the virtual series of literary conversations Oct. 13.
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September 17
Virtually speaking: (Clockwise, from top) Yaa Gyasi, Claudia Rankine, Helen Macdonald and Sarah Broom are this year’s featured authors.

With an all-woman lineup, this year's Talking Volumes book series goes virtual

The annual series will deliver authors Yaa Gyasi, Helen Macdonald, Claudia Rankine and Sarah Broom via Zoom.
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September 17

Excerpt from Claudia Rankine's 'Just Us: A Conversation'

On my way to retrieve my coat I'm paused in the hallway in someone else's home when a man approaches to tell me he thinks…
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September 17

Review: 'Homeland Elegies,' by Ayad Akhtar

FICTION: A playwright reflects on Muslim American identity in a post-Sept. 11 world in this searing work of autofiction.
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September 15

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. (Putnam) In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman…
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September 15
Coffee House Press of Minneapolis will receive a $50,000 grant from Literary Arts Emergency Fund to help them get through COVID. Here, Coffee House pu

5 Minnesota literary organizations receive critical COVID grants

The grant money will help them ride out the economic downturn brought about by COVID-19.
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September 14
Carl Hiassen's new book "Squeeze Me" features a python.

REVIEW: 'Squeeze Me,' by Carl Hiaasen

FICTION: A woman vanishes near the president's Winter White House. Could the python have done it?
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September 14
Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi talks about the tension between science and faith in new novel 'Transcendent Kingdom'

Yaa Gyasi's second novel sprang from a friend's research, and her own interest in love, science and religion.