Senior Editor | Books

Laurie Hertzel has worked at the Star Tribune for more than two decades as an editor and writer. Previously, she was a writer and editor at Minnesota Monthly magazine and at the Duluth News-Tribune.

Hertzel grew up in Duluth, earned an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., has written two books, and currently serves as the autobiography chairman of the National Book Critics Circle board of directors.


Review: 'Owls of the Eastern Ice,' by Jonathan C. Slaght

NONFICTION: A Minnesota biologist heads to the forests of Eastern Russia to track the world's largest owl.


Time to read but trouble concentrating? Try these 10 tips

Here are some ways to shut the world out and help you focus.


Mayo Clinic employee became main character in new James Patterson novel

A patient advocate at the Mayo Clinic winds up in James Patterson's latest novel.


Hulu options rights to Minneapolis writer's novel about Hillary Clinton

Curtis Sittenfeld hasn’t heard from Hillary, but she has heard from Hulu, and that might be even better. The Minneapolis writer is the…


Hot town, summer in the city: 10 sizzling books to read right now

These 10 books set in hot weather or steamy locations just might help you cool down.


10 new kids' picture books that celebrate family, love and the great outdoors

This diverse new crop of books celebrates family, friendship and the great outdoors in stories that range from Minnesota to West Africa


The Puppy Chronicles: What is Angus afraid of? Easier to ask what he isn't afraid of

Even something as benign as a misplaced broom can strike terror into the heart of our overly sensitive dog.


Bookmark: When you're stuck at home, books can transport you

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a weekend in a small town in Sligo. Obviously I didn’t physically travel there — COVID-19 is keeping…


Review: 'Becoming Duchess Goldblatt,' by Anonymous

NONFICTION: A book by the creator of a beloved fictitious Twitter character is flawed but offers a hopeful message.


When will my library open again?

Hennepin County and Ramsey County public libraries remain closed for the time being. But some services are available.