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November 8, 2019

Review: 'Right After the Weather,' by Carol Anshaw

FICTION: Carol Anshaw's latest novel examines the reverberations of trauma and the dissonance of being a reluctant hero.
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November 8, 2019

Review: 'The Great Pretender,' by Susannah Cahalan

NONFICTION: A thrilling and lively work of investigative journalism unmasks a 1970s study that fundamentally changed the discipline of psychiatry.
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November 8, 2019
A statue of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin in Ukraine.

Review: 'Mud and Stars,' by Sara Wheeler

NONFICTION: In search of Russian literary greats and the landscape that influenced them.
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November 8, 2019
Allen Eskens

Review: 'Nothing More Dangerous,' by Allen Eskens

FICTION: Friendship and racism are explored in this novel set in 1970s Missouri.
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November 8, 2019
Billy-Ray Belcourt

Poetry reviews: Ethna McKiernan, Su Hwang, Su Smallen Love, Raych Jackson and Billy-Ray Belcourt

POETRY: These five collections with Minnesota connections thrum with heart and wisdom.
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November 5, 2019

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The Guardians, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a…
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November 5, 2019
Lindy West

Writer Lindy West tackles everything from abortion to Donald Trump

Fierce and funny writer Lindy West fights misogyny in the media, arguing that bad pop culture breeds bad politics.
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November 3, 2019

BOOKS IN BRIEF: 'Night Shade,' by Pauline Knaeble Williams, and 'The Family Upstairs,' by Lisa Jewell

Night ShadeBy Pauline Knaeble Williams. (40 Press, 224 pages, $16.95 paperback.)Ambitious and arresting, Minneapolis native Pauline Knaeble Williams' second novel tells the story of Penny…
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November 2, 2019

Don't Miss: Chan Poling and Lucy Michell and "Jack & the Ghost"

In this ghost story set on the North Shore, a fisherman mourns the loss of his one true love, Lake Superior’s ferocious waves crash against…
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November 2, 2019
Lindy West

Review: 'The Witches Are Coming,' by Lindy West

NONFICTION: In these funny, pointed essays, the author warns that a cultural reckoning is coming.
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November 2, 2019

Review: 'Nothing to See Here,' by Kevin Wilson

FICTION: Children catch fire and their dad tries to keep them hidden in this insightful novel.
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November 2, 2019

Review: 'The Starless Sea,' by Erin Morgenstern

FICTION: An old book leads a grad student on an epic quest to a vast underground library.
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November 2, 2019
Carmen Maria Machado

Review: 'In the Dream House,' by Carmen Maria Machado

NONFICTION: In her second book, Carmen Maria Machado powerfully documents her two years in an abusive relationship.
Books
November 1, 2019

Bookmark: On 'Trust Exercise' and other books that spur 'mind-blowing' interpretations

If you’re in a book club, you should definitely read “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi. Be prepared to disagree about it. I’m not talking about…
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November 1, 2019

Excerpt from 'The Witches Are Coming' by Lindy West

One thing we’ve been hearing a lot recently when a man — particularly a man a lot of people really like — is accused of…
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November 1, 2019
Thomas Edison, circa 1877.

Review: 'Edison,' by Edmund Morris

Nonfiction: Beginning at the end of his life and ending at the beginning, "Edison" is a structurally inventive biography.
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October 29, 2019

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The 19th Christmas, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown) In the 19th installment of the “Women’s Murder Club” series, detective…
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October 27, 2019

BOOKS IN BRIEF: 'Park Avenue Summer,' by Renee Rosen, and 'The League of Wives,' by Heath Hardage Lee

Park Avenue Summer By Renee Rosen. (Penguin Random House, 366 pages, $16.)   New York City, 1965 — where the air is thick with cigarette…
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October 26, 2019
Karen Armstrong

Author and ex-nun Karen Armstrong on scripture: 'Religion ... is an art form'

Sacred writings lose their purpose when reduced to an arbiter to resolve feuds, exclude or oppress, argues Talking Volumes guest Karen Armstrong.
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October 25, 2019
In rainy Dublin, we crossed the Ha’penny Bridge to the Winding Stair Bookshop and loaded up on books.

Bookmark: When it rains steadily during your hiking vacation, it's good to have a book or two on hand

It was raining in Ireland, and it was starting to get me down. Before you say, “It always rains in Ireland!” let me tell you:…