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The Defeat of the James-Younger Gang in Northfield, Minnesota: September 7, 1876 by Richard Waters

The Defeat of the James-Younger Gang in Northfield, Minnesota: September 7, 1876 Reveiwed by Kalin Heidgerken-Greene Review courtesy of Content Bookstore 314 Division Street S.…

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The Inferno of Dante A new verse translation by Robert Pinsky New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994

The Inferno of Dante A new verse translation by Robert Pinsky New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994 Reviewed by Edward Malnar Review courtesy…

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Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects

Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects Review by Jamie Stanley Review courtesy of Content Bookstore 314 Division Street S. |…

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Northfield: The History and Architecture of a Community By the Northfield Heritage Preservation Commission

Northfield: The History and Architecture of a Community By the Northfield Heritage Preservation Commission Review by Katlin Heidgerken-Greene Review courtesy of Northfield Public Library 210…

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Big Brother Has Wheels by Patrick Mader

Big Brother Has Wheels Review by Jamie Stanley Big Brother is a farm kid fascinated by wheels. It starts when he is a small boy…

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Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner & Nate Olson

Shot All to Hell Review by Catherine Stricklan In the lead up to the Defeat of Jesse James Days (September 8-12) in Northfield, I read…

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Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall By Joel Richard Paul

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall By Joel Richard Paul Review by Edward Malnar What is just? If you fight to overthrow your government, abandon…

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A Gathering of Old Men By Ernest Gaines

A Gathering of Old Men By Ernest Gaines Review by Jamie Stanley A Gathering of Old Men is set in the farm country of Louisiana…

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Under the Sky We Make

Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World By Kimberly Nichols Review by Janet Mitchell Many books inform us about…

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Wishes By Muon Thi Van

Wishes By Muon Thi Van Review by Alexa Ochocki In this story we follow a young girl and her family as they flee their homeland,…

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Yellow Wife: A Novel By Sadeqa Johnson

Yellow Wife: A Novel By Sadeqa Johnson Review by Jamie Stanley Historical fiction is one of the most popular fiction sub-genres. It addition to transporting…

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The Dream Daughter By Diane Chamberlain

The Dream Daughter By Diane Chamberlain Review by Lori W. Widowed and pregnant in 1970, Carly finds out that her unborn baby has a heart…

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Moloka’i By Alan Brennert

Moloka’i By Alan Brennert Review by Julie J. If you are looking for a novel that catches you in the first chapter, and doesn’t let…

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Grant By Ron Chernow

Grant by Ron Chernow Review by Kyle S. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow added another hit to his bibliography with this epic biography of our…

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The Island of Sea Women By Lisa See

The Island of Sea Women By Lisa See Review by Catherine Stricklan A year ago this month, I started a Zoom book group with friends…

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Laura By Vera Caspary

Laura By Vera Caspary Review by Jamie Stanley Many people are familiar with the movie Laura directed by Otto Preminger (1944), but they are less…

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Winter Pasture: One Woman’s Journey with China’s Kazakh Herders by Li Juan

Winter Pasture: One Woman’s Journey with China’s Kazakh Herders by Li Juan Review by Jamie Stanley Li Juan knew that the mind-numbingly cold winter she…

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A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School By: Carlotta Walls LaNier

A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School By: Carlotta Walls LaNier Review by Carlotta Walls LaNier When Black…

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Los Alamos By Joseph Kanon

Los Alamos By Joseph Kanon Review by Jamie Stanley It is the spring of 1945. You are a civilian from New York hired to investigate…

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers Review by Catherine Stricklan Early on in A Long Way to a Small, Angry…

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The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton Review by Jamie Stanley If you are a fan of the heist novel as I am, The Great…

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Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather Review by Tyler Gardner The coincidence of this book being donated to the library Sci-Fi collection and…

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City of Thieves by David Benioff

City of Thieves by David Benioff Review by Emily Lloyd It’s winter in St. Petersburg during the siege of Leningrad, and 17-year-old Lev has never…

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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May Review by Ellie Ray Katherine May’s Wintering: The Power of Rest and…

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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman Review by Myrna Mibus The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman is a story…

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Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

The Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire Review by Jaye Lawrence Not since Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have I so enjoyed the page-turning yarn…

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The Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire

The Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire Review by Sylvie Weissman Gregory Maguire’s The Wild Winter Swan is a miraculous little book. It’s Manhattan in…

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War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi Review by David Wolff Tochi Onyebuchi’s War Girls is a young adult sci-fi novel set in 2172’s Nigerian Civil War.…

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Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Review by Sylvie Weissman Okay, I get it – no one wants to read an apocalyptic novel right…

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World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil Review by Myrna Mibus Filled with short, beautifully written essays about the natural world and accompanied by gorgeous illustrations,…

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Here We Are by Graham Swift

Here We Are by Graham Swift Review by Jessica Peterson White There’s a special place in my heart for perfectly rendered novels under 200 pages,…

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko Review by David Wolff It’s fairly standard practice to describe a new fantasy series as epic in scope, but I’m at…

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The Blue Ticket by Sophie Macintosh

The Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh Review by Sylvie Weissman Taking place in a world where women’s futures are decided on the day of their…

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Northernmost by Peter Geye

Northernmost by Peter Geye Review by Jessica Peterson White Many a Minnesota reader has been enthralled by Peter Geye’s writing, most recently in his 2016…

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A Burning by Megha Majumdar

A Burning by Megha Majumdar Review by David Wolff Set in modern day India, Megha Majumdar’s debut novel A Burning kicks off with Jivan, a…

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Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Review by Jessica Peterson White With Rodham, Minneapolis author Curtis Sittenfeld brings us a very different take on speculative fiction by…

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The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin Review by Jessica Peterson White Every city has a soul, but what if the city’s soul had…

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