Laurie Hertzel | Star Tribune
Senior Editor | Books

Laurie Hertzel oversees book reviews and book news for the Star Tribune. She is the author of a memoir, "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist" (University of Minnesota Press 2010) and sits on the board of the National Book Critics Circle.

BOOKMARK: Readers have a hard time choosing which books to save

I might have been unfair when I asked recently what books you’d rush to save in a disaster. Unfair, because I didn’t tell you my…

Writer Sherman Alexie is back on the road: 'I averted a crisis'

Haunted by his mother's memory, the author halted his book tour this summer. Now he's back on the road — still outspoken, still funny, but a little more careful.

Do Minnesotans really prefer to read nonfiction while traveling?

Readers reveal vacation reads.

Review: 'To the Back of Beyond,' by Peter Stamm, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

FICTION: Peter Stamm explores the secrets of a marriage in this strange, lovely little novel.

BOOKMARK: Twin Cities Book Festival was filled with words and laughter

On stage, Al Franken cracked jokes and talked politics. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera praised poet Ray Gonzalez, who smiled and praised him…

Review: 'Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon,' by Henry Marsh

NONFICTION: In this second memoir, Dr. Henry Marsh writes poignantly about regrets, retirement and what lies ahead.

BOOKMARK: Readers recall finding books 'in the wild'

We asked if you had ever unexpectedly found a book and picked it up. Here's what you said.

REVIEW: 'Going Into Town,' by Roz Chast

NONFICTION: New York through Roz Chast's eyes is a whole new perspective.

St. Paul writer's second novel was a big surprise

Peter Bognanni's second novel, "Things I'm Seeing Without You," morphed from a book for adults into one for teens almost against his will.

Review: 'Ali: A Life,' by Jonathan Eig

NONFICTION: Jonathan Eig's biography of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is careful, detailed and highly entertaining.