Summer 2020 reading guide: Books to help you escape when you're stuck at home

Summer 2020 reading guide: Books to help you escape when you're stuck at home

Staying home? Let these fine books transport you this summer

JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online

May 26
J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is publishing a new story called "The Ickabog," which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Review: 'One Tough Out,' by Rod Carew, with Jaime Aron

May 22
Hall of Famer Rod Carew recounts his life in "One Tough Out: Fighting Off Life's Curveballs."
NONFICTION: Twins great Rod Carew recalls the highs and heartbreaks of his life in this fascinating memoir.

REVIEWS: 'All the Dreams We've Dreamed,' by Rus Bradburd, and 'The Big Goodbye,' by Sam Wasson

May 31

Review: 'The Black Cabinet,' by Jill Watts

May 22
NONFICTION: Historian Jill Watts examines how a black woman helped move African-American voters from the GOP to the Democrats.

Review: 'The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: And Other Excursions to Iceland's Most Unusual Museums,' by A. Kendra Greene

May 22
NONFICTION: A whimsical journey through Iceland's niche galleries.

For your playlist: The best new audiobooks of the month

May 22
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May 26

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Camino Winds, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead…
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May 22

Quarantine Read: 'Tarka the Otter,' by Henry Williamson

Reading “Tarka the Otter” is a beautiful, heady experience — like spending two years wandering a riverbank in rural England. The subtitle sums up…
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May 22
Jonathan Cott

Review: 'Listening: Interviews 1970-1989,' by Jonathan Cott

NONFICTION: In this collection of interviews, people we think we know are richly detailed.
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May 22
Nancy Wayson Dinan

Review: 'Things You Would Know If You Grew Up Around Here,' by Nancy Wayson Dinan

FICTION: A young woman searches for a missing friend and hears the echoes of lost voices.
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May 22

Reviews: 'American Sherlock,' by Kate Winkler Dawson, and 'Swimming in the Dark,' by Tomasz Jedrowski

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics and the Birth of American CSI By Kate Winkler Dawson. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 336 pages, $27.)   The latest nonfiction page-turner…
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May 19

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Camino Winds, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead…
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May 16
"Rodham" author Curtis Sittenfeld.

In a new novel, Minneapolis writer imagines Hillary Clinton's life if she hadn't married Bill

Her new novel--her second about a prominent political woman--names names and reimagines a life.
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May 16
In Shriver's new novel, the two main characters are a former runner, and a newly-minted runner. And there is friction.

Review: 'The Motion of the Body Through Space,' by Lionel Shriver

FICTION: A husband takes up triathlon training just as his athlete wife's knees fail her in this satire by controversial writer Lionel Shriver.
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May 16
Hillary Clinton

Review: 'Rodham' imagines Hillary's life as the road not taken

FICTION: The author of "American Wife" offers another take on a former First Lady in her new novel "Rodham."
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May 15

REVIEWS: 'The Other Bennet Sister,' by Janice Hadlow, and 'Elsey Come Home' by Susan Conley

The Other Bennet Sister By Janice Hadlow. (Henry Holt, 448 pages, $28.)   Jane Austen was most ungenerous to Mary Bennet. The middle of five…
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May 15

Quarantine read: Lee Smith's "Blue Marlin"

Lee Smith’s novella “Blue Marlin” can be read in an afternoon — a really pleasant afternoon. Like all of Smith’s books, it’s wise and funny,…
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May 15
Poet Maxine Kumin in 1974.

Review: 'The Equivalents,' by Maggie Doherty

NONFICTION: The story behind a groundbreaking program that gave time and space to women artists in the 1960s.
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May 15
Steven Johnson

Review: 'Enemy of All Mankind,' by Steven Johnson

NONFICTION: An adventure-filled life that feels plucked from swashbuckling fiction.
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May 15
Mary South

Review: "You Will Never Be Forgotten," by Mary South

FICTION: Mary South's short stories are shot through with ghosts of love and grief.
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May 15
Boneshaker Books in Minneapolis is hosting online book clubs.

Bookmark: Independent bookstores get creative

I don’t know about you, but I miss bookstores. I miss browsing through musty used books and happening upon a treasure — a title I…
Coronavirus
May 12
Bill Friedrich looked through books with his grandsons Will, 2, center, and Sully, 5, at Excelsior Bay Books.

Independent book stores finding path to survival during virus outbreak

People have more time to read or assemble jigsaw puzzles.
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May 12

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. If It Bleeds, by Stephen King. (Scribner) Four novellas: “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “Rat” and “If It Bleeds.” 2.…
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May 8

Reviews: 'The Last Day,' by Andrew Hunter Murray, and 'In the Land of Men,' by Adrienne Miller

The Last Day By Andrew Hunter Murray. (Dutton, 384 pages, $27.)   Welcome to Earth in 2059. It’s not pretty. Forty years earlier, the planet’s…
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May 8

Review: 'A Children's Bible,' by Lydia Millet

FICTION: In Lydia Millet's clever allegorical novel, neglected teenagers are left to clean up their parents' mess.
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May 8
The period sign of a modest hotel, made of wrought iron and glass, on the facade of an old building with a vintage street light in a touristic distric

Review: 'Strange Hotel,' by Eimear McBride

FICTION: A woman comes to terms with her past and her identity in a series of hotel rooms.