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Review: 'Off Speed,' by Terry McDermott

Terry McDermott Photo by Nelly Min

NONFICTION: In engaging narrative, Terry McDermott gives us the skinny on curveballs, fastballs and perfect games.

Review: 'Since We Fell,' by Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane Photo by Gaby Gerster, Diogenes, Zuric

FICTION: Dennis Lehane departs from blue-collar male protagonists in "Since We Fell."

Star Tribune's serial novel started in Hollywood, ended in Bayfield

Author of Star Tribune summer serial "Redemption's Run" wrote it as a movie before realizing it was better as a book.

Redemption's Run: character list

Characters appearing in the novel "Redemption's Run" include:

Redemption's Run: sailing terms

A guide to some of the sailing terms that appear in the novel "Redemption's Run".

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. 16th Seduction, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown) In San Francisco, Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club face…

Review: 'Between Them: Remembering My Parents,' by Richard Ford

NONFICTION: Memoir captures feel of South in 1940s and poignancy of widowhood.

After 25 years with Image Comics, Todd McFarlane and 'Spawn' are still going strong

Todd McFarlane isn't sure whether he was being youthfully naive or overly confident, but the famed artist and co-founder of Image Comics said he is…

REVIEWS: 'The Typewriter's Tale,' by Michiel Heyns, and 'Three Days in January,' by Bret Baier

The Typewriter's TaleBy Michiel Heyns. (St. Martin's Press, 288 pages, $25.99.)The "typewriter" in this tale is actually a young woman who is taking dictation for…

Bookstores recommend books: Birchbark on 'Days of Abandonment'

“Days of Abandonment,” by Elena Ferrante. If you were to read only one Ferrante book, I would pick this one. It is one of the…

Review: 'Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine,' by Gail Honeyman

FICTION: A touching, funny novel about a misfit who is the survivor of childhood trauma.

Review: 'Double Bind,' edited by Robin Romm

NONFICTION: Roxane Gay, Pam Houston, Molly Ringwald are among essay contributors.

Audiobooks: 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Their Finest,' 'Pachinko'

"The Handmaid's Tale," by Margaret Atwood. (Audible Studios. Unabridged, 12¼ hours.)Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" (1985) has never been out of print, has spawned…

Review: 'Fen,' by Daisy Johnson

FICTION: Debut collection of stories remaps bland terrain into the weird and wonderful.

After 4,000 entries, Mall of America names winner of writer-in-residence contest

A poet from Los Angeles will be taking his typewriter for a gig at the Mall of America.

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. Golden Prey, by John Sandford. (Putnam) Lucas Davenport, now a U.S. marshal, pursues a thief who robbed a drug cartel and killed…

Get your 'Aliens' comic book fix before 'Covenant' hits theaters

Are you as eager for "Alien: Covenant" as a face hugger scuttling from its egg? As hungry for the latest "Alien" movie as a Xenomorph's…

REVIEWS: 'This Must Be the Place,' by Maggie O'Farrell, and 'Fallout: A V.I. Warshawski Novel,' by Sara Paretsky.

This Must Be the PlaceBy Maggie O'Farrell. (Vintage, 382 pages, $16.95.)This was one of my favorite novels of last year — one of many that…

Readers share stories of learning to read

I was one of the lucky ones — I had a mother who read to me. The pictures in my books were terrific, but the…