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The Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen brotherhood of man mission continues. “Renegades,” the podcast collaboration between the former president and the Boss has been repurposed and will be released as a book this fall. “Renegades: Born in the USA,” the book adaptation, will be released Oct. 26, Penguin Random House announced on Thursday. The 320-page tome will retail for $50 and include ...

With 52% of Minnesota now experiencing severe drought and 4% in extreme drought, the state has entered the drought warning phase. With this de…

FICTION: A migrant child washes up on a beach — alive — in Omar El Akkad's follow-up to "American War." "What Strange Paradise" by: Omar El Akkad; Alfred A. Knopf (256 pages, $25.95) ——— In his 2017 debut novel, "American War," Omar El Akkad spotlighted Middle East humanitarian crises by reimagining them on U.S. soil. Perhaps, the novel implied, Americans might pay refugees and sectarian ...

FICTION: A thrilling debut in which a pilot must crash his plane to save his family. "Falling" by T.J. Newman; Avid Reader Press (304 pages, $28) ——— Early into "Falling," and not long into a flight from Los Angeles to New York, the pilot-protagonist Bill Hoffman takes a calculated risk and confides in a hushed tone to his friend. "Jo," he whispers. "We have a situation." Which is something of ...

NONFICTION: Liv Arnesen recounts her 1994 solo journey to the South Pole. "Skiing Into the Bright Open" by Liv Arnesen, translated from the Norwegian by Roland Huntford; University of Minnesota Press (208 pages, $21.95) ——— There's something wonderfully perplexing about Norwegian adventurer Liv Arnesen's account of her solo ski journey to the South Pole. She did this in 1994, the first woman ...

FICTION: A handsome teacher appears to be grooming a young student — and then they both disappear. "The Temple House Vanishing" by Rachel Donohue; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (304 pages, $16.95) ——— Teenage crushes and charismatic teachers have been a fraught subject for millennia. A Socratic dialogue (Plato's "Phaedrus"), "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise," songs by the Police, and, in ...

NONFICTION: Essays celebrate the joy and connections to be found in the deep woods. "Within These Woods" by Timothy Goodwin; Riverfeet Press (242 pages, $16) ——— Timothy Goodwin, an associate professor of education at Bemidji State University, might have kept the brief, gemlike essays that make up "Within These Woods" to himself. They might have become a private journal, or the contents of a ...

FICTION: An insightful sendup of startup culture and the modern marriage. "The Startup Wife" by; Tahmima Anam; Scribner (304 pages, $26) ——— A Bangladeshi American woman drops out of her MIT doctoral program to become a coding wiz, and then writes an algorithm powering an innovative new social networking app. An encyclopedically brilliant white man becomes the charismatic savior-guide ...

FICTION: A powerful tale of two relatives fighting painful battles in India, seven decades apart. "China Room" by Sunjeev Sahota; Viking (256 pages, $27) ——— Sunjeev Sahota's "China Room" is an intelligent, earnest novel, and although one of its story lines is weaker than the other, it's consistently absorbing, a sweeping dual portrait of a woman forced into an adolescent marriage and the ...

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Kristen Radtke explores the need for human attachment and the terror of its absence. "Seek You" by Kristen Radtke; Pantheon (352 pages, $30) ——— In Jim Shepard's recent bio-noir "Phase Six," a character mockingly defines loneliness as "solitude with self-pity thrown in." That line's chilly dismissiveness would not play well in Kristen Radtke's immersive, novelistic and intensely ...

FICTION: A strong debut collection of stories about the lives of modern women. "Objects of Desire" by Clare Sestanovich; Alfred A. Knopf (224 pages, $26) ——— "Objects of Desire," Clare Sestanovich's first collection of stories, focuses on women navigating key stages in their lives and making sense of what comes their way and what fails to materialize. Some of the 11 tales take the form of ...

There is a moment in the 2015 movie "Mr. Holmes" — the story of an aging Sherlock, played by Ian McKellen — when a young boy, played by Milo Parker, asks Holmes to do his thing. Holmes is confused. My thing? The thing where you deduce from a fingernail or the impression in a carpet that someone is guilty. I love this moment because I had been waiting for it, too, that moment when something ...

FICTION: A beautiful, intelligent novel that tackles themes of childhood, motherhood and the experience of being a woman. "Wayward" by Dana Spiotta; Alfred A. Knopf (288 pages, $27) ——— When Sam, a 53-year-old woman in Syracuse, New York, sees a dilapidated Arts and Crafts house in a neighborhood that's seen better days, she falls in love. An "architectural amateur" who abandoned her ...

FICTION: A remarkable debut novel about a young man studying literature while also caught up in gang warfare. "Who They Was" by: Gabriel Krauze; Bloomsbury (336 pages, $26) ——— Some debut novels are slow burns that subtly flicker to life and stealthily catch fire. Gabriel Krauze's first work of fiction is a markedly different affair, one that gets off to an explosive start and maintains its ...

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