What do you give the book lover on your holiday gift list?

Of the hundreds of thousands of books published this year, we have narrowed down our holiday recommendations to a lovely few for our annual gift-giving review. They're all here — top fiction, regional gems, hits for younger readers and more.

How do you like your 'Nutcracker'? 10 Twin Cities alternatives, from sugary to salty

The Twin Cities area has “Nutcrackers” galore. From family-friendly to risqué, and traditional to radical, we’ve got a “Nutcracker” for you.

Great Kiskadee continues to be seen in SD, just over MN line


A tropical bird in very non-tropical weather

Real turkeys


Suburban birds, safe from the oven

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Minneapolis musician Renee Austin happy to sing the blues again

Thyroid surgery cost blues-soul singer Renee Austin her voice in 2005 — but it's back, and so is she, with a gig at the Dakota.

Rio de Janeiro ups its game for the 2016 Olympics + Photo Gallery

Exploring the beaches and rain forests of Rio de Janeiro as the city prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Everyday Solutions: Adding a 'Staycation' retreat to a Minneapolis home

Martha Ballard and Paul Chrenka decided that the best, budget-friendliest place to build a getaway was to attach it to their Minneapolis home.

November and early December are great times to travel

Lower prices and easy-to-get reservations are nice, but the main reason to travel when others stay at home? You can see a place more clearly when it’s not overcrowded.

Rosenblum: With postpartum depression, empathy, not judgment, is needed

“This morning, I killed my own child.” The statement is unfathomable to us — the lucky ones who never have experienced postpartum depression. While Shwe…

Scene + Heard: Fundraiser for Bloom Early Learning + Photo Gallery

More than 150 guests filled the ballroom of Plymouth’s Crowne Plaza in support of Bloom Early Learning & Child Care, a nonprofit early learning center.

Have a soulful holiday with Penumbra's 'Black Nativity'

The Twin Cities’ most soulful holiday tradition returns for the 27th year under the direction of narrator Lou Bellamy.

Withering Glance: Tailgating, airline fees and other things we're not thankful for

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.   RN: I’m turning into one of those…

Bringing the kiddies to Key West

Keeping a trip to this Florida party town G-rated took diversions and an essential swimming pool.

SPCO premieres Beethoven-inspired concerto

Review: Timo Andres’ “Blind Banister” is first in SPCO’s five-year series.

Ask Amy: Might be time to rekindle lost love

Dear Amy: Through high school and on and off through my first two years of college I dated the only person I’ve ever been…

Hax: Cruel comments as husband leaves

Dear Carolyn: My husband left me and our then 12-year-old son last March. As he was walking out the door, he informed me he was…

'St. Grand' again peeling off C-notes, leaving them in Salvation Army kettles

The mysterious donations have been going on in the Twin Cities for 5 years now.

Winona's varied arts scene proves to be a tourist draw

The small city’s Marine Art Museum and Shakespeare festival spark a creative boom

Trending in the garden world: Plants named after people

You don't have to be famous to have a botanical namesake – but it helps.