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May 21
33 must-read books for tweens, teens and adults for your summer reading list

33 must-read books for tweens, teens and adults for your summer reading list

You might stay home. You might head to the cabin. You might even fly somewhere. Butwherever you go, be sure to take a book.
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May 19
Sinead O’Connor at her home in Wicklow, Ireland, on May 10, 2021. O’Connor’s memoir, “Rememberings,” recasts the story of her career from he

In new memoir, Sinéad O'Connor talks about Prince and 'Saturday Night Live'

O'Connor's memoir "Rememberings" arrives at a time when the culture seems eager to reassess the old judgments of her.
Books
May 18
“Sooley,” by Josh Grisham. (Penguin Random House)

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. Sooley, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) Samuel Sooleymon receives a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central and determines to bring his family over from a…
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May 16
New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan

Review: 'New Girl in Little Cove,' by Damhnait Monaghan

New Girl in Little CoveBy Damhnait Monaghan. (Graydon House, 336 pages, $16.99.)"New Girl in Little Cove" is a charming book, steeped in the beautiful vernacular…
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May 15
“Caste,” by Isabel Wilkerson ORG XMIT: MIN2007221333450079

Medcalf: Antiracism book club explores caste in America

In Chris Rock's 2008 comedy special, "Kill the Messenger," he discusses the limited diversity in his affluent neighborhood in Alpine, N.J. At the time, the…
Books
May 14
From “Dear Treefrog,”  by Joyce Sidman, illustration by Diana Sudyka, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

8 spring picture books for children – many by Minnesota artists and writers

Stories are steeped in love, community and diversity — with a great dollop of humor.
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May 14
Duncan Minshull

Review: 'Sauntering,' edited by Duncan Minshull

NONFICTION: Essays by 60 writers explore the joys and pains of walking.
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May 14
Hwang

Don't Miss: 'There's a Revolution Outside, My Love,' edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman

The twin tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd produced — as tragedies often do — a remarkable outpouring from writers…
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May 14
Alan Taylor

Review: 'American Republics,' by Alan Taylor

NONFICTION: A look at the country during a time when it was deeply divided and its continuity was not assured.
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May 14
Paige Wilks

Review: 'Olympus, Texas,' by Stacey Swann

FICTION: Examining the infighting, secrets, loyalties and betrayals among members of a powerful family.
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May 14
Annette Gordon-Reed

Review: 'On Juneteenth,' by Annette Gordon-Reed

NONFICTION: Interrogating the origins of Juneteenth, a historian also interrogates the myths of Texas.
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May 14
Anthony Bukoski

Review: 'Blondes of Wisconsin,' by Anthony Bukoski

FICTION: Anthony Bukoski's stories are steeped in loneliness, hard living and a strong sense of place.
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May 14
“Meg & Jo” and “Beth & Amy” by Virginia Kantra successfully retell “Little Women” in a modern setting.

Bookmark: Retelling the classics of our youth for modern-day readers

I love it when I'm deep in a book and suddenly realize that it was inspired by one of the classics. Leif Enger's "Virgil…
Books
May 11
“A Gambling Man,” by David Baldacci. (Grand Central Publishing)

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. A Gambling Man, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye,…
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May 10
“The Curie Society” emphasizes STEM and teamwork with its trio of young heroes. (Cover art by Sonia Liao and Johanna Taylor, copyright MIT Press

Female-driven stories rule best new graphic novels

Once again, women have taken over the better graphic novels I have for review. Let's meet them:'Why She Wrote: The Graphic History of Classic Women…
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May 9
“The Wife Upstairs” by Rachel Hawkins

Review: 'The Wife Upstairs,' by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife UpstairsBy Rachel Hawkins. (St. Martin's Press, 304 pages, $27.99.)Get ready for a lightning-fast read with familiar characters in an altogether unfamiliar setting.This suspenseful…
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May 7
“A Ladder to the Sky” by John Boyne

Quarantine Read: 'A Ladder to the Sky'

"A Ladder to the Sky," by John Boyne Maurice Swift, like the title character in Patricia Highsmith's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," is a handsome, charming…
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May 7
“The Bookshop of Second Chances” by Jackie Fraser

Bookmark: Light novels help get through hard times

I read these books in December, before there was a COVID vaccine, before there was an end to the endless presidential election, and they were…
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May 7
From “Moon of the Snowblind,” by Gary Kelley. Ice Cube Press

Reviews: 'The Great Gatsby,' by F. Scott Fitzgerald and K. Woodman-Maynard; 'Save It for Later' by Nate Powell; 'Moon of the Snowblind,' by Gary Kelley; 'The Secret to Superhuman Strength' by Alison Bechdel

GRAPHIC NOVELS: A quartet of graphic novels addresses American life with grace, wit and stunning artistry.
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May 7
Carol Smith

Review: 'Crossing the River,' by Carol Smith

NONFICTION: A grieving mother reports stories of hardship and courage, including her own.