All the Wild Hunger: A Season of Cooking and Cancer by Karen Babine. Elegant meditations on food, faith, and family, published by local press, Milkweed Editions.
A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century by Jason DeParle. A minor classic of the assimilation experience.
Grinnell: America’s Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West by John Taliaferro. A definitive biography of the father of American conservation.
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love by Margaret Renkl. A captivating portrait of a family—and of the cycles of joy and grief, published by local press, Milkweed Editions.
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Ageby Darrel J. McLeod. A touching memoir from a first-nation writer from Canada, published by local press, Milkweed Editions.
The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell’s 1984 by Dorian Lynskey. A vibrant, spirited story of a man and his book.
Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890-1918, Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey, editors. Correspondence from the Minnesota Historical Society archives tells this story.
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris. A memoir from one of the Democrats vying to become President.
CHILDREN & TEENS
Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo. Companion to two of this popular Minnesota author’s previous award-winning books.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Its adaptation will be presented by the Minnesota Opera in 2020.
James Baldwin: Collected Essays by James Baldwin. The most comprehensive gathering of his non-fiction ever published.
A Better Next by Maren Cooper. First published work by a St Paul-area woman writing under a pen name.
At Dusk by Hwang Sok-yong. Devastating truths told by South Korea’s most renowned author.
Circe: A Novel by Madeline Miller. A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story.
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. Strong storytelling from one of the leading indigenous writers in North America, published by local press, Milkweed Editions.
The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal. Sure to be a nominee for the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction to be presented in 2020.
Laurentian Divide: A Novel by Sarah Stonich. Follow-up to Vacationland and winner of a Minnesota Book Award.
The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead. The most anticipated literary novel of the year by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
Ruby and Roland: A Novel by Faith Sullivan. A favorite Minnesota author revisits the fictional town of Harvester, Minnesota.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Award-winning Canadian author’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.
This Tender Land: A Novel by William Kent Krueger. A fictional narrative set against historical truths by an award-winning, Minnesota author.
A Thread So Fine: A Novel by Susan Welch. A compelling family saga that explores the contradictions of the mid-1900s, a period when appearances did not reflect the often-fraught reality of women’s lives.
The Tuscan Child: A Novel by Rhys Bowen. A poignant story of love in wartime, woven into a compelling search for the truth when mysteries consigned to the past begin to unravel.
The Wedding: A Novel by Dorothy West. A Harlem Renaissance author’s final novel, and an insight into the rise of the African American middle class.
HISTORY – EUROPE
The Regency Years: During Which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love, and Britain Becomes Modern by Robert Morrison. The title says it all.
Campfire Tales of the Great Northwoods by David Hawkins. A brief collection of short tales that have been told about odd events.
Wolf Pack by C.J. Box. One of a popular mystery series, set in Wyoming, featuring a game warden as the central character.
A Better Man by Louise Penny. Latest mystery from a favorite Canadian author.
Ice Cold Heart: A Monkeewrench Novel by P.J.Tracy. The newest Monkeewrench thriller set in Minneapolis.
The Ravens by Vidar Sundstol. Fans of mysteries with a Minnesota setting will enjoy reading this chilling, psychological thriller. First, read the previous two titles in the trilogy, already in the library.
The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey. Second in the series by an award-winning author who grew up in St. Paul.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. An unforgettable--and Hollywood-bound--new thriller.
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems by Joy Harjo. Poems from the U.S.’s new Poet Laureate.
Day Unto Day by Martha Collins. Published by local press, Milkweed Editions.
Four Reincarnations by Max Ritvo. Published by local press, Milkweed Editions.
Night Unto Night by Martha Collins. Published by local press, Milkweed Editions.
Petals of the Moon: A Poetry Collection by Jo Churchill
Tula by Chris Santiago. Published by local press, Milkweed Editions.
Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything by Robert M. Hazen. A rich story of carbon and its role in life.
Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuchkoff. A gifted researcher and storyteller chronicles the human toll of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Gordon H. Chang. The story of the unheralded contribution of Chinese laborers.
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush. A new kind of travel guide; a journey through the forefront of climate change. Published by local press, Milkweed Editions.
The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America by Jim Acosta. An insider’s account of how President Trump has used his war on the media to undermine the fabric of our democracy.
This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality by Peter Pomerantsev. The author takes us to the front lines of the disinformation age.
NOTE: Books on this list published by Milkweed Editions are donated by Milkweed board member and 1666 resident, Veena Deo.