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October 2

Quarantine Reads

1. “Cathedral of the Wild,” by Boyd Varty. Lyrical and engaging, it describes the coming up of Varty in a South African wildlife reserve.…
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October 2
David Michaelis photo by Nancy Steiner

Review: 'Eleanor,' by David Michaelis

NONFICTION: This biography is filled with fascinating information but doesn't quite get at the heart of who she was.
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October 2
Rumaan Alam photo by David A. Land

Review: 'Leave the World Behind,' by Rumaan Alam

FICTION: Two couples and two teenagers hunker down in Long Island during a mysterious, frightening national emergency.
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October 2
Tana French photo by Jessica Ryan

Review: 'The Searcher,' by Tana French

FICTION: An American cop runs into a wall of secrets in this new mystery from Tana French.
Books
October 2
Bill Savran

Bill Savran, Savran's Paperback Shop owner, dies at 84

At the height of the countercultural movement, Savran’s Paperback Shop was the place to be in Minneapolis. The bookstore was nestled in the corner of…
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October 2
Claudia Rankine during her Talking Volumes appearance Sept. 22, 2020.

Famed author Claudia Rankine brings her conversation about race to Minnesotans via Zoom

Watch the writer's appearance as she opened our Talking Volumes book series.
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October 2

Excerpt from Sarah M. Broom's 'The Yellow House'

Read a passage from 'The Yellow House' by Sarah M. Broom.
Books
September 29

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman. (Atria) A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house. 2.
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September 29
Nicholas A. Basbanes

'Song of Hiawatha' poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's influence extended far beyond south Mpls.

NONFICTION: A new biography shows how Longfellow left his mark on the world — and on Minneapolis.
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September 28
Single skull row boats on Lake Nokomis.

Longfellow spots in Minneapolis

From the lips of Nawadaha Minnehaha Falls already had its name by the time Longfellow published “The Song of Hiawatha” in 1855, but Minneapolis’ early…
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September 25
A book nerd is born! New York Times photo

Bookmark: Remembering the moment of becoming a reader

I remember the first time it happened. I was still a kid, 9 or 10, maybe 11. It was a perfect summer day, and I…
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September 25

Quarantine read: 'That Affair Next Door'

“That Affair Next Door,” by Anna Katharine Green This year of COVID I have found myself reading mysteries by the stack. There is something…
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September 25
Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

Review: 'A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear,' by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

NONFICTION: A New Hampshire town takes on a libertarian experiment with humorous and tragic results.
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September 25
Nick Hornby

Review: 'Just Like You,' by Nick Hornby

FICTION: A warm and witty novel about a relationship between two people from different backgrounds.
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September 25
Sarah Bynum

Review: 'Likes,' by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum

FICTION: Sarah Bynum engages with race and class in her new story collection.
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September 25
Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

Review: 'The Man Who Ran Washington,' by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

NONFICTION: An informative, nuanced, judicious biography of James Baker, one of the most influential unelected public officials in late 20th-century America.
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September 25
Marilynne Robinson

Review: 'Jack,' by Marilynne Robinson

FICTION: In her new Gilead novel, Marilynne Robinson writes about a relationship between a white man and a Black woman.
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September 25

Reviews: 'The Eighth Detective,' by Alex Pavesi, and 'The Shadows,' by Alex North

The Eighth Detective By Alex Pavesi. (Henry Holt, 304 pages, $26.99.)   I love a novel that rewards the nerdy reader that I am. Alex…
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September 23
Marilynne Robinson's "Jack" is highly anticipated. Photo by Alec Soth

The top 15 books we're looking forward to this autumn

And just like that, the summer of COVID has become the autumn of COVID. And we are all looking forward — perhaps with trepidation —…
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September 21
Ivy Pochoda

REVIEW: Ivy Pochoda's excellent "These Women" illuminates those who live in the margins

FICTION: Ivy Pochoda's excellent "These Women" illuminates those who live in the margins.