Books
July 17
Emma Donoghue

Review: 'The Pull of the Stars,' by Emma Donoghue

FICTION: A captivating novel about an Irish maternity ward nurse during the 1918 influenza pandemic.
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July 17
Carolyn Holbrook

Review: 'Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify,' by Carolyn Holbrook

NONFICTION: The memoir of Twin Cities writer Carolyn Holbrook is one of fortitude and resilience.
Books
July 15

Quarantine Read: 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' by Muriel Spark

“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” by Muriel Spark. I don’t know why I expected this novel about an outspoken, shockingly progressive Scottish schoolmistress…
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July 14

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett. (Riverhead) The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age…
July 13
Ottessa Moshfegh is the author of “Death in Her Hands.”

Review: 'Death in Her Hands,' by Ottessa Moshfegh

FICTION: Ottessa Moshfegh's "Death in Her Hands" starts like a murder mystery. But the missing body is beside the point.
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July 12

Review: 'Now We Shall Be Entirely Free,' by Andrew Miller

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free By Andrew Miller. (Europa Editions, 416 pages, $19.)British author Andrew Miller takes readers back to simpler times, 1809, the…
July 12

Early Louisa May Alcott story published

"Little Women" author hand-wrote the piece as a teenager.
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July 12
The members of the Chicago rowing team Arshay Cooper depicts in “A Most Beautiful Thing.”

Review: 'A Most Beautiful Thing,' by Arshay Cooper

NONFICTION: An inspiring underdog tale set in a world that few readers have seen.
Books
July 10
Mark Bowden

REVIEW: 'The Case of the Vanishing Blonde,' by Mark Bowden

NONFICTION: Journalist Mark Bowden delves deep into the dark side with these six true stories about abuse and murder.
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July 10

Review: 'Promised Land,' by David Stebenne

NONFICTION: This examination covers a lot of well-trod ground.
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July 10
Billy-Ray Belcourt

Review: 'A History of My Brief Body,' by Billy-Ray Belcourt

NONFICTION: Cree poet Billy-Ray Belcourt rewrites narratives of LGBTQ Indigenous life through images drawn from his own experiences.
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July 10
"Notes From a Samll Island" by Bill Bryson

Quarantine Read: 'Notes From a Small Island'

“Notes From a Small Island,” by Bill Bryson  Like many people, I had planned on being abroad this summer but have to travel vicariously.…
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July 10
Kelli Jo Ford

Review: 'Crooked Hallelujah,' by Kelli Jo Ford

FICTION: A tale of four Cherokee women who hold down the world for each other.
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July 10
Books can transport you to faraway places — like Sligo, Ireland.

Bookmark: When you're stuck at home, books can transport you

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a weekend in a small town in Sligo. Obviously I didn’t physically travel there — COVID-19 is keeping…
Books
July 7

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. 28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand. (Little, Brown) A relationship that started in 1993 between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud comes to light…
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July 7
"The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Quarantine Read: 'The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating'

“The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating,” by Elisabeth Tova Bailey This is as much a book on snails as it is a meditation…
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July 6
Frans Hals’s “Portrait of an Elderly Lady,”

Review: 'Becoming Duchess Goldblatt,' by Anonymous

NONFICTION: A book by the creator of a beloved fictitious Twitter character is flawed but offers a hopeful message.
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July 5
Brooks: Young eyewitness to Floyd's killing is writing children's book

Brooks: Young eyewitness to Floyd's killing is writing children's book

Judeah Reynolds, age 9, is going to tell her own story. The story of what happened that day she walked to the store, and in the days that followed.
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July 3
Minneapolis Central Library will reopen some time before the end of this year, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has decided.

When will my library open again?

Hennepin County and Ramsey County public libraries remain closed for the time being. But some services are available.
July 3
Audiobooks

Audiobooks: Tales that make you feel like you're on a vacation

It is said that there's nothing like travel to make one contemplate the joys of staying home — only this summer we will probably be…