56 great books to give as holiday gifts — or keep for yourself

56 great books to give as holiday gifts — or keep for yourself

Curl up somewhere cozy with these novels, books for kids and young adults, regional offerings, memoirs and histories.

10 tips for discussion at your book club, especially if you didn't like the book

November 18
10 tips for discussion at your book club, especially if you didn't like the book
Sometimes it's hard to talk about a book without alienating your friends.

Review: 'Fatty Fatty Boom Boom,' by Rabia Chaudry

November 18
Rabia Chaudry
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Review: 'City of Hustle,' edited by Jon K. Lauck and Patrick Hicks

November 18
NONFICTION: This collection of essays — and a bit of fiction — defines the city of Sioux Falls.

Review: 'Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers,' by Emma Smith

November 18
NONFICTION: A delightful examination of the symbol and meaning behind physical texts, for people who love books.

Review: 'Olav Audunsson: Crossroads' by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina Nunnally

November 18
FICTION: In the third in the series, Olav Audunsson is tormented, miserable and grieving — until war begins.

Review: 'Life Is Everywhere,' by Lucy Ives

November 18
FICTION: A brainy, multifarious campus novel that's one of the year's most impressive books in any genre.
Books
November 28

Q&A: Katherine Corcoran discusses 'In the Mouth of the Wolf'

Tuesday Read: Author Katherine Corcoran digs deep into the killing of a Mexican reporter.
Music
November 28
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012, file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. The music legend has quietly put concert tickets on sale for a tour in su

Bob Dylan apologizes for book controversy in rare public statement

The legendary musician says he used an autopen to sign special-edition copies of his new book.
Books
November 27

Review: 'A Song of Comfortable Chairs,' by Alexander McCall Smith

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November 20

Review: 'The Queen: Her Life,' by Andrew Morton

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Books
November 18
Mairead Small Staid

Review: 'The Traces,' by Mairead Small Staid

NONFICTION: A revelatory exploration for anyone, and particularly Italophiles, who has ever yearned for, wondered at and hoped to recapture those moments of past happiness.
Books
November 15
Heid E. Erdrich

Minneapolis poet Heid E. Erdrich wins Bobbitt Poetry Prize

The Library of Congress will honor her for "Little Big Bully" in December.
Books
November 14

Review: 'Best of Friends,' by Kamila Shamsie

FICTION: Two friends move from Karachi to London, and their friendship drifts.
Books
November 13
Claire Alexander

Review: 'Meredith, Alone,' by Claire Alexander

Books in brief
Politics
November 11
Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump during a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Nov. 2, 2020.

In new book, Mike Pence reflects on Donald Trump and Jan. 6

Former Vice President Mike Pence describes the president's pressure campaign on him to intervene in certifying the election.
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November 11

Review: 'Still True,' by Maggie Ginsberg

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November 11
Graeme Macrae Burnet

Review: 'Case Study,' by Graeme Macrae Burnet

FICTION: A brilliant multilayered novel about a woman who plays a dangerous game with a psychotherapist in 1960s London.
Books
November 11
Retail Gangster; The Bullet that Missed: Act of Oblivion

Bookmark: Terrific tales for a variety of listeners

Audiobooks
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November 11
Valerie Boyd

Review: 'Bigger Than Bravery,' edited by Valerie Boyd

NONFICTION: A vivid and varied collection of short essays and poems by notable Black writers.
Books
November 11
Nick Hornby

Review: 'Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius,' by Nick Hornby

NONFICTION: A breezy, entertaining look at the similarities between two artistic greats, a 19th-century Brit and a 20th-century Minnesotan.
Books
November 11
Brigitta Olubas

Review: 'Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life,' by Brigitta Olubas

NONFICTION: A fascinating biography of the prize-winning Australian author of "The Great Fire."
Books
November 11
Lynn Steger Strong

Review: 'Flight,' by Lynn Steger Strong

FICTION: Three siblings reunite for the first Christmas after their mother's death.
Books
November 10
Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich wins Berresford Prize

The $50,000 prize goes to people who have worked to champion other artists and writers.
Books
November 6
Alexandra Horowitz

Review: 'The Year of the Puppy,' by Alexandra Horowitz

Books in brief
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November 4
Michael Connelly

Review: 'Desert Star,' by Michael Connelly

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November 4
Siddhartha Mukherjee

Review: 'The Song of the Cell,' by Siddhartha Mukherjee

NONFICTION: A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and physician returns with a sweeping, erudite story of cells, the basic unit of all life.

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