Katy Read | Star Tribune
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Katy Read writes about aging, workplaces and other topics for the newspaper's special sections. She joined the Star Tribune in 2011. She was previously a reporter at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Duluth News-Tribune and the Crookston Daily Times. Her freelance articles have appeared in Salon, More, Real Simple, Working Mother, AARP the Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Toronto Globe and Mail and Minnesota Monthly. Her essays have been published in two anthologies and two textbooks.

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Review: 'Look Alive Out There,' by Sloane Crosley

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