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A collection of essays from a wide-ranging group of Minnesota writers exploring life during COVID-19 and the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. "We Are Meant to Rise," edited by Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura; University of Minnesota Press (224 pages, $18.95) ——— Who is allowed to tell their story? Who is silenced? And what is lost when stories go untold? As the anthology "We Are Meant ...

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If you’re shopping for a couple, giving a gift that two people will enjoy together may sound like it should be doubly expensive — but it doesn’t need to be.

Between the two of them, authors L.J. Sellers and Teresa Burrell have written more than 40 thrillers, all of them packed with troubled people doing disturbing things. Knife-wielding killers. Abused teenagers out for revenge. Homicidal sex offenders. Possibly homicidal relatives. Over these 40-plus books, the San Diego-based Burrell and the Eugene, Oregon-based Sellers have proven to be skilled ...

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As a small boy, William Kent Krueger never went down for a nap, never went to bed at night, without first being told a story. This became the way he viewed the world — through stories. As far back as he can remember, "I always wanted to be a storyteller, too." And a storyteller he has become. His 18th Cork O'Connor mystery, "Lightning Strike," was released in August. Nine of ...

A lauded poet traverses a path into the past in search of who she is and who she was. "Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence and Grief" by Victoria Chang; Milkweed Editions (168 pages, $25) ——— Many immigrant stories begin with trauma. The decision to leave behind one's country of birth is rarely a whim and more often a decision reached in the face of repression, imminent threat, or — in ...

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