Books
May 5

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…
May 5
Jean Nidetch, founder of Weight Watchers International, with a group of workers from the Jean Nidetch Women's Center during a jobs fair at the Univers

'This Is Big' remembers glamorous founder of Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch was a "well-fluencer" long before those existed.
Books
May 4
From “Paying the Land,” by Joe Sacco.

Reviews: 'Year of the Rabbit,' 'Paying the Land' and 'Glass Town'

GRAPHIC NOVELS: A family memoir, in-depth historical documentary and literary fantasy take readers to different lands.
Books
May 2

Review: 'Big Summer,' by Jennifer Weiner

Big Summer By Jennifer Weiner. (Atria, 368 pages, $28.)   “Big Summer,” Jennifer Weiner’s big summer book, is a hugely entertaining mashup of a beach…
Coronavirus
May 2
Bookmark: Minnesota journal publishes the hopes and fears of young people during COVID-19

Bookmark: Minnesota journal publishes the hopes and fears of young people during COVID-19

While we adults struggle with life in a pandemic, you might ask yourself, how are the kids doing? Molly Hill can tell you. The Minnetonka…
Inspired
May 2
Ron Rabinovitz signed books for children in March at the Ridgehaven Barnes & Noble.

St. Louis Park man who was pen pal to Jackie Robinson helps keep No. 42's story alive

Ron Rabinovitz has co-written a children's book, "Always Jackie," just the way Robinson signed his letters to a young Ronnie.
Books
May 1

Bedside Table: Reader recommends 'Olive, Again'

Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Olive Kitteridge,” is perhaps my favorite book, and I looked forward to “Olive, Again,” with both…
Books
May 1

Review: 'All Adults Here,' by Emma Straub

FICTION: Three generations of a family come to terms with changes and the past.
Books
May 1
Picturesque morning in Plitvice National Park. Colorful spring scene of green forest with pure water lake. Great countryside view of Croatia, Europe.

Review: 'In Praise of Paths,' by Torbjørn Ekelund, translated from the Norwegian by Becky L. Crook

NONFICTION: A Norwegian writer finds his life is utterly changed when he stops driving and begins walking everywhere.
Books
April 30

St. Paul writer wins Edgar Award for her YA book

Naomi Kritzer's "Catfishing on CatNet" just won a Minnesota Book Award, too.
Books
April 29
Marlon James

Marlon James, Kao Kalia Yang among Minnesota Book Award winners

Honors were presented Tuesday at a livestreamed virtual event.
Books
April 29

Reviews: 'The Book of Longings,' by Sue Monk Kidd and 'The Absolution,' by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

The Book of Longings By Sue Monk Kidd. (Penguin Random House, 418 pages, $28.)  Sue Monk Kidd’s latest novel has a provocative premise, set in…
Books
April 28
Even dictators have to eat, as Fidel Castro did under the watchful eyes of Houston, Texas, police and other officials during a visit in April 1959.

Review: "How to Feed a Dictator," by Witold Szablowski, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

NONFICTION: Fascinating interviews by a Polish journalist with the chefs who worked for some of the world's most notorious despots.
Books
April 28

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…
Books
April 28

5 Minnesota writers receive McKnight grants

This year's awards went to three poets, a spoken-word artist and a writer of children's books.
Books
April 27

3 must-read graphic novels that'll keep you busy at home

  Not only is it “safer at home,” but it’s also an opportunity to do some recreational reading. Here are some of the more offbeat…
Books
April 27
Reminder: Minnesota Book Awards will be live-streamed Tuesday

Reminder: Minnesota Book Awards will be live-streamed Tuesday

The show begins at 7 p.m. on the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library website.
Books
April 24

Shelftalkers: Booksellers recommend books

“Godshot,” by Chelsea Bieker “Godshot” has everything I could want in a novel: cults, crazed pastors, and coming of age. Set in a…
Books
April 24
Coya Knutson played the accordion as she awaited primary returns in 1958.

Don't miss: the travel guide "In Her Footsteps"

“In Her Footsteps: Where Trailblazing Women Changed the World” This new travel guide from Lonely Planet doesn’t focus on a single destination. Instead, the…
Books
April 24

Bookmark: An old book resonates in these modern times

In times like these, I find myself turning to literature to remind me that people haven’t changed that much in 300 years or so. In…