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Main Street

Main Street
  • Author(s): Sinclair Lewis
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

“Main Street” is the 1920 novel by Sinclair Lewis that tells the story of Carol Milford, a liberal, free-spirited young woman from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Carol meets and marries Will Kennicott, a doctor who convinces her to move back to...

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Until they bring the Streetcars back

Until they bring the Streetcars back
  • Author(s): Stanley Gordon West
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Second half of the 20th Century

Calvin Gant is in high-school senior in St. Paul in the late 1940s. All the conflicts of a young boy are present and meets a young girl who is being abused at home. He has a growing sense that...

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For Such a Moment

For Such a Moment
  • Author(s): Marie Wells Coutu
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul, Guatemala
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

***Books of Hope Award Winner*** “If I don’t do this, I might as well perish …” Revealing her secret could save lives … or change hers forever. In this book that re-imagines the story of Queen Esther in a...

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Freedom

Freedom
  • Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul—the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries...

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Gone to Dust

Gone to Dust
  • Author(s): Matt Goldman
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the debut private eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman. “Sharp wit, complex characters, and masterful plotting makes Goldman a writer to watch. Irreverent and insightful, private detective Nils...

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Rules of Prey

Rules of Prey
  • Author(s): John Sandford
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

The “maddog” murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep the police befuddled. Each clever move he makes...

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The Crimson Shamrock

The Crimson Shamrock
  • Author(s): Michael Hughes
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul, San Francisco, Washington DC
  • Genre(s): Humour, Suspense
  • Era(s): 2014

Young underemployed man in the East San Francisco Bay gets hired by mysterious tech company. Hilarity ensues. A scotch-swilling DUI attorney, a cynical congressional staffer, and a retired bomb- sniffing German Shepherd are just some of the characters Chuck...

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The Year of Ice

The Year of Ice
  • Author(s): Brian Malloy
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul
  • Genre(s): Fiction, LGBTQ, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1978

It is 1978 in the Twin Cities, and Kevin Doyle, a high school senior, is a marginal student in love with keggers, rock and roll, and–unbeknownst to anyone else–a boy in his class with thick eyelashes and a bad...

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Twin Cities Noir

Twin Cities Noir
  • Author(s): Julie Schaper (editor), Steven Horwitz (editor)
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): early 2000s

As recently as the mid-90s, Minneapolis was called Murderopolis due to a rash of killings that occurred over a long hot summer. St Paul was originally named after Pig’s Eye Parrant – trapper, moonshiner and proprietor of the most...

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War for the Oaks

War for the Oaks
  • Author(s): Emma Bull
  • Location(s): Minneapolis - St Paul
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Acclaimed by critics and readers on its first publication in 1987, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel, Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks is one of the novels that has defined modern urban fantasy. Eddi McCandry...

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