Book reviews, news and author interviews for Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities area | StarTribune.com

Registration open now for F. Scott Fitzgerald conference in St. Paul

F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920s.

The annual international F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference will take place this summer in the writer's hometown for only the second time in its history.

Bookmark: Books to spark joy when read out loud

Reading aloud begins in childhood but can last a lifetime.


Busy, bookish Minnesotans are going all in on audiobooks

Easy access, more titles and higher production values boost the appeal of audiobooks.


New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Dangerous Games, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte) A television correspondent investigates damning allegations against the vice president of the United States. 2.


Star writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on the success of his 'Black Panther'

When Marvel Comics announced in September 2015 that Ta-Nehisi Coates would be writing a new Black Panther series, the timing could not have been more…


Where to get audiobooks

Unlike a book with a spine and pages, you can't hold the audiobook that you own. But you do have to pay for it.A number…


REVIEW: 'Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living,' edited by Manjula Martin

NONFICTION: In this collection of essays, writers discuss the delicate matter of getting paid.


SHELFTALKER: Bookstores recommend books


REVIEWS: 'The Alps,' by Stephen O'Shea, and 'The Atomic Weight of Love,' by Elizabeth J. Church

The Alps: A Human History From Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond By Stephen O’Shea. (Norton, 336 pages $26.95.) I might have overlooked a book about…


REVIEW: 'The One-Cent Magenta,' by James Barron

NONFICTION: Welcome to Stamp World, where the quest to possess means everything.


REVIEW: 'The Rules Do Not Apply,' by Ariel Levy

NONFICTION: A writer for the New Yorker survives heartbreaking loss in this uneven memoir.


REVIEW: 'Our Short History,' by Lauren Grodstein

FICTION: Lauren Grodstein's poignant new novel unfolds as a letter from a dying mother to her to her young son.


REVIEW: 'Lenin on the Train,' by Catherine Merridale

NONFICTION: A sealed train brought the revolutionary from exile in Switzerland to Russia's Finland Station.


Review: 'The Family Gene' by Joselin Linder

NONFICTION: "The Family Gene" blends one woman's personal and scientific odyssey with clear insights.


Review: 'A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA,' by Joshua Kurlantzick

NONFICTION: The agency's involvement in Southeast Asia set a pattern for covert military action across the globe.


Bookstores recommend books: Magers & Quinn on 'Cook's Science'

“Cook’s Science,” by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated. “My own copy of this is stained, dog-eared and covered in a thin crust of sugar. The…


Review: 'Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition," by Paul Watson

NONFICTION: What happened to these 19th century voyagers? One mystery is solved, but others remain.


Film based on Minn. author Vince Flynn's thrillers set for Sept. 15 release

"The Mitch Rapp saga begins" on the big screen starting Sept. 15, the studio announced this week.


Review: 'For Love of the Dollar,' by J.M. Servin, translated from the Spanish by Anthony Seidman

NONFICTION: A Mexican "gonzo journalist" looks back on tough, wild times in New York.