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Laura McCallum is the Star Tribune's Politics and Government Editor. 

A North Dakota native, McCallum came to the Star Tribune after nearly 27 years at Minnesota Public Radio News. During her time there as a reporter, editor and newsroom leader, she covered the Capitol for eight years and served as President of Capitolbeat, the Association of Capitol Reporters & Editors. She is an avid reader who occasionally reviews books for the Star Tribune.

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Book shows how 'True Believer' Hubert Humphrey made deals, fought injustice, skinny-dipped with JFK

NONFICTION: James Traub delivers a big biography of an exuberant champion of liberal causes.

Curious about the great Willa Cather? Start with 'Chasing Bright Medusas'

NONFICTION: This slim homage to one of the great American writers is an absorbing introduction.

Review: 'The Secret Gate,' by Mitchell Zuckoff

NONFICTION: The true story of an American diplomat, an Afghan writer and a dangerous escape from Taliban rule.

Review: 'Empress of the Nile,' by Lynne Olson

NONFICTION: Lynne Olson's ninth book of history profiles a fiery Egyptologist who led an international campaign.

Review: 'Cabin Fever,' by Michael Smith and Jonathan Franklin

NONFICTION: "Cabin Fever" takes us inside the Zaandam, which had an unanticipated passenger — the coronavirus.

Review: 'Always Remember Your Name,' by Andra & Tatiana Bucci, translated from Italian by Ann Goldstein

The Bucci sisters were 4 and 6 when they were sent to Auschwitz.

Feds won't oppose Walz's request for deportation reprieve for Ethiopian woman who killed husband

The immigration court must still approve the request.

REVIEW: 'American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears,' by Farah Stockman

NONFICTION: Three union workers whose factory closes illustrate the challenges for America's blue-collar workforce.

Review: 'All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days,' by Rebecca Donner

NONFICTION: The riveting story of the only American to help lead a resistance group against the Nazis.