Books

Books: 619

Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap by Verta Mae Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor University of Minnesota Press $16.95 By turns informative, witty, enraging, and heartbreaking, storyteller Smart-Grosvenor’s Domestic Rap tells it like it is […]

Books: Issue 617

When Brooklyn Was Queer Hugh Ryan St. Martin’s Press $29.99 Shown the words “gay” and “New York,” one’s first thought would likely be Greenwich Village, or gaudy eccentrics encountered along the great White Way. “Brooklyn,” on […]

A Word In Edgewise: Reading As a Two-Way Street

Under a recent Facebook photo of a wall of books was a caption asking (I forget exactly) whether people are still reading actual books. The replies ran from “Real books only!”” to “E-books, what a […]

Books: 615

Farm Boy: A Memoir with Recipes Mark Abramson Minnesota Boy Press $15; $4.99 Kindle The prequel to Minnesota Boy (2017), Abramson starts from a Copperfieldian “I am born,” and takes the reader to nineteen, heading for […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Books

Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel Natasha Hurley University of Minnesota Press $27 While “GLBT,” or “Gay Studies” areas now exist in local booksellers, Natasha Hurley examines the emergence of gay and lesbian novels […]

A Word In Edgewise: Those Little White Lies—and Other Shades on the Spectrum

“I didn’t break the lamp!” “I’m sorry, we can’t use that style novel at this time;” “Don’t worry, you’re going to be fine!” To translate the above, read: “I broke the lamp, I’m afraid I’ll be […]

Books: 611

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography Julia Van Haaften Norton $45 A satisfying, exquisitely detailed portrait of photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991). Born in Ohio into a chaotic, peripatetic family, young Abbott herself was quirky, rebellious. She […]

Books: 609

Where Privacy Dies: A Twin Cities Mystery Priscilla Paton Coffeetown Press $15.95 When the corpse of a well-dressed businessman is discovered in a wetland, and a photo of a dead or unconscious girl is discovered in […]

Books: 607

Black Diamond Fall Joseph Olshan Polis Books $26; eBook $7.99 Olshan, author of Clara’s Heart, combines two actual events occurring at Vermont’s Middlebury College—the disappearance of a student during winter break, and the vandalizing of poet Robert […]

Books: 605

Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends David Fantle & Tom Johnson McFarland & Co. $39.95 The authors, native Minnesotans, were eighteen when they made their first trip to interview Hollywood’s greats, beginning with […]

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