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Star poet Bao Phi on racism, writing and why he chooses to stay in Minneapolis

Bao Phi says his new poetry book,"Thousand Star Hotel" is much more personal.

Bao Phi traces success to the Vietnamese refugee experience and South High.

Review: 'The History of Bees,' by Maja Lunde, is about chemistry, both agricultural and familial

Bees.

FICTION: A Norwegian novel explores a dark future without bees, as well as the struggle among parents and children.


"Redemption's Run": Chapter 25, the end of the story

"Redemption's Run": Chapter 24 closes
"Redemption's Run": Chapter 24 continues
"Redemption's Run": Chapter 24 begins

REVIEW: 'Sulfur Springs,' by William Kent Krueger

FICTION: Cork O'Connor heads to Arizona to find his wife's missing son in a new mystery from the Minnesota master.


REVIEWS: 'Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After,' by Heather Harpham, and 'I Liked My Life,' by Abby Fabiaschi

HappinessBy Heather Harpham. (Henry Holt, 300 pages, $27.)It's reassuring, sometimes, to pick up a book that you know will have a happy ending, and surely…


Bookstores recommend books: Magers & Quinn on 'We Cross a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices From Syria'

Bookstores recommend books.


REVIEW: 'Notes on a Foreign Country,' by Suzy Hansen

NONFICTION: An overseas fellowship triggers her realization of American intervention across the globe.


REVIEW: 'Home Fire,' by Kamila Shamsie

FICTION: One man's religious extremism has far-reaching effects on two families.


Audiobooks offer thrills from 14th-century Norway to today

Three audiobooks to pass the time.


REVIEW: 'Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays,' by Paul Kingsnorth

NONFICTION: Paul Kingsnorth wants more from environmentalism than mere lightbulb swapping or hybrid driving.


New York Times bestsellers

FICTION 1. The Late Show, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown) Renée Ballard, a young detective with the LAPD, investigates crimes against two women. 2.…


Reviews: 'When We Rise,' by Cleve Jones, and 'How to Find Love in a Bookshop,' by Veronica Henry

When We Rise By Cleve Jones. (Hachette, 291 pages, $27.) Calling a book “important” is like calling dinner “sustainable and gluten-free.” In the case of…


Review: 'The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny,' by Michael Wallis

NONFICTION: Taking a shortcut left the Donner Party stranded, and starving.


ABC's 'Inhumans' needs some good hype

Marvel's "Inhumans" is going to need awfully positive word of mouth when the ABC series' expanded pilot hits theaters next month. Because its word of…


Readers recommend books: 'Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine'

Readers recommend books


Review: 'The Day Will Pass Away: The Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard 1935-1936,' by Ivan Chistyakov

NONFICTION: A guard's 1930 diary conveys the hopelessness of life at a railway forced-labor camp.


Minn. writer Marlon James blasts writer claiming American Indian heritage

John Smelcer was named a PEN finalist on Thursday. On Friday, one of the judges said on Twitter she's seeking to overturn his nomination.


Do you like to share beloved books with strangers?

BOOKMARK: There are so many ways to give books. You can be mysterious, leaving books where strangers might find them.