50+  essential books for your winter reading and holiday shopping lists

50+ essential books for your winter reading and holiday shopping lists

Page-turners that will make you laugh, cry, reflect and escape when the weather outside is frightening.

Minneapolis printmaker Cathy Ryan wins Book Artist Award for her work about the pandemic

December 1
“Chronicle,” the award-winning art book by Cathy Ryan
The printmaker will be honored in April at Minnesota Book Awards ceremony.

Review: 'The Last Bookseller,' by Gary Goodman

November 26
Gary Goodman
NONFICTION: An adventure of a lifetime in a trade nearly killed by the internet — bookselling.

Review: 'We Are Meant to Rise,' edited by Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura

November 26
A collection of essays from a wide-ranging group of Minnesota writers exploring life during COVID and the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd.

Review: 'Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art, Words and Wisdom,' by Nora Guthrie and Robert Santelli

November 26
This lovingly curated volume of Woody Guthrie's song lyrics, photos and other ephemera will introduce the singer to a whole new generation.

Law professor's book on inclusive leadership outlines steps for promoting diverse, equitable workplaces

December 1
The director of St. Thomas' Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice defines a new approach to DEI.

'For now you are the standing one': So many of us owe a debt of gratitude to Robert Bly

November 24
A tribute from his longtime assistant, poet Thomas R. Smith.
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December 6

Review: 'The Return of the Pharaoh,' by Nicholas Meyer

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December 6
Sarah Winman

Review: "Still Life," by Sarah Winman

"Still Life" is that rare, affectionate novel that makes one feel grateful to have been carried along.
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November 26

Good read: 'The Uninvited,' by Dorothy Macardle

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November 26

Review: 'Small Things Like These,' by Claire Keegan

A father of daughters wrestles with what to do about abuses he discovers at a Magdalen laundry in 1950s Ireland.
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November 26

Review: 'Wish You Were Here,' by Jodi Picoult

Alone and out of touch on the Galapagos during the COVID-19 lockdown, a young woman reconsiders her life.
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November 26

Review: "Anvils, Mallets & Dynamite," by Jaime Weinman

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November 22

A poem by Robert Bly: 'Driving Toward the Lac Qui Parle River'

This poem — set in the countryside near his hometown of Madison, Minn. — was included in Bly's first collection, "Silence in the Snowy Fields"…
Variety
November 22
Robert Bly reads a poem from his book “The Night Abraham Called to the Stars” after winning the poetry award during the 2002 Minnesota Book Awards

Best-selling Minnesota author, poet Robert Bly dies at 94

He started out writing bucolic poems about rural Minnesota and became a best-selling author teaching men how to be in touch with their feelings. He was 94.
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November 19
Christina Clancy

Review: 'Shoulder Season,' by Christina Clancy

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November 19
Patrick Laurie

Review: 'Galloway,' by Patrick Laurie

A love story to Galloway and its cattle — a quixotic tale of determination and wonder.
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November 19
Ann Patchett

Review: 'These Precious Days,' by Ann Patchett

A warm, funny collection of essays about life, writing, friendship and dogs.
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November 19
A customer browses in Powell’s bookstore in Portland, Ore.

Bookmark: Bookstore browsing offers new worlds

I went to a bookstore. I did not go to get something — I went to see what was there.
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November 19

Good Read: 'Carville's Cure,' by Pam Fessler

"Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice," by Pam Fessler
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November 19

Review: 'A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America,' By James Horn.

An informative and engaging — but largely speculative — account of the role of a mostly forgotten Native leader of the first Anglo-Indian Wars in Virginia.
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November 19
Judith Mackrell

Review: 'The Correspondents,' by Judith Mackrell

Women writers fought bureaucracy and stereotypes to report from the front lines of World War II.
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November 19
Woody Holton

Review: 'Liberty Is Sweet,' by Woody Holton

A prize-winning historian broadens and enriches our understanding of the American Revolution.
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November 12

Review: 'Miss Kopp Investigates,' by Amy Stewart

Books in brief
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November 12
Kao Kalia Yang

Statewide book club highlights Kao Kalia Yang memoir

Yang will discuss 'The Song Poet' in a December event for the public.
Variety
November 12

REVIEW: 'Mixed Company,' by Jenny Shank

FICTION: Jenny Shank's stories paint a vivid portrait of Denver, a changing and diverse city.
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November 12
Andrew Roberts

Review: 'The Last King of America,' by Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts draws on a newly released cache of documents to provide a detailed biography of King George III that presents him in a whole new light.