Books
December 17, 2021
Neel Patel

Review: 'Tell Me How to Be,' by Neel Patel

A mother and son hiding decades-old secrets struggle to harmonize in Neel Patel's first novel.
Books
December 17, 2021
Robert Gross

Review: 'The Transcendentalists and their World,' by Robert Gross

A social history of Concord in the 19th century examines the ways changes in the town influenced Emerson and Thoreau.
Books
December 13, 2021

Review: 'Our Stories Carried Us Here,' edited by Julie Vang, Tea Rozman and Tom Kaczynski

Compelling stories of immigrants — many of whom settled in Minnesota — are told in powerful words and illustrations in this graphic novel.
Nation
December 12, 2021
Carrie Damon, a middle school librarian, in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 18, 2021. She celebrated national Banned Books Week with her students by talki

In Texas, a battle over what can be taught, and what books can be read

SAN ANTONIO – In late September, Carrie Damon, a middle school librarian, celebrated "Banned Books Week," an annual free-speech event, with her working-class Latino students…
Variety
December 11, 2021

Holiday books: Young adult

A Snake Falls to EarthBy Darcie Little Badger. (Levine Querido, $18.99.)In this Indigenous-influenced fantasy, 16-year-old Nina lives in south Texas, where a hostile neighbor and…
Books
December 11, 2021

Holiday books: Picture books for children

History, stories, laughter and a few tears in these spectacular picture books with Minnesota ties.
Books
December 11, 2021

Holiday books: Critics' choice

Diary of a Young NaturalistBy Dara McAnulty. (Milkweed Editions, $25.)Dara McAnulty was 14 when he wrote this wonderful memoir, and his knowledge at such a…
Books
December 11, 2021

Holiday books: Fiction

The PromiseBy Damon Galgut. (Europa Editions, $25.) The title of this powerful, emotionally charged novel — winner of this year's Booker Prize — refers to…
Variety
December 11, 2021

Holiday books: Nonfiction

Histories, memoirs and biographies to give
Books
December 10, 2021

Review: 'Rock, Paper, Scissors,' by Alice Feeney

Books in brief
Books
December 10, 2021
Peter Stamm

Review: 'It's Getting Dark,' by Peter Stamm

Stories that slip from the ordinary to the strange by a renowned Swiss writer.
Books
December 10, 2021

Reviews: Poetry

Four collections of poetry face hard and beautiful truths.
Books
December 10, 2021
Bookmark: Coffee table books for giving

Bookmark: Coffee table books for giving

Five lush books on nature, animals and "Little Women."
Books
December 10, 2021
Aysegul Savas

Review: 'White on White,' by Aysegul Savas

A lyrically spare, thematically lush look at how we tell each other's stories.
Books
December 10, 2021
Alex Danchev

Review: 'Magritte: A Life,' by Alex Danchev

A superb new biography illuminates the life and art of a leading Surrealist.
Pets
December 10, 2021
Books for pet people

What pet people are reading and giving this holiday season

From dog detectives to understanding how cats think, here are some books for pet lovers.
Outdoors
December 9, 2021
The “Sky Crashers” of the Aurora Ski Club, photographed in Red Wing, circa 1890. The Hemmestveit brothers, Mikkel and Torjus (upper right standing

A glide through Minnesota's deep Nordic skiing history is full of grit and moxie

Through people and place, a new book courses through an activity that has had a profound influence.
Books
December 8, 2021
Arleta Little named executive director of the Loft Literary Center

Arleta Little named executive director of the Loft Literary Center

Former head of the McKnight Artist Fellowships will replace Britt Udesen, who left in May.
Books
December 6, 2021

Review: 'The Return of the Pharaoh,' by Nicholas Meyer

Books in brief
Books
December 6, 2021
Sarah Winman

Review: "Still Life," by Sarah Winman

"Still Life" is that rare, affectionate novel that makes one feel grateful to have been carried along.