Tom Bielenberg, owner of Micawber’s Books, has the following books on his recommended reading list for the 2018 holiday season:
Barbara Kingsolver Unsheltered New York: Harper 2018; 480 p.
Michelle Obama Becoming New York: Crown 2018; 400 p.
Michael R. Beschloss Presidents of War New York: Crown 2018; 752 p.
Alexander McCall Smith The Colors of All the Cattle New York: Pantheon Books 2018; 240 p. (No. 19 in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.)
A.J. Pearce Dear Mrs. Bird New York: Scribner 2018; 320 p.
Tana French The Witch Elm New York: Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House 2018; 464 p.
Lee Child Past Tense New York: Delacorte Press 2018; 400 p.
Louise Penny Kingdom of the Blind New York: Minotaur Books 2018; 384 p.
(No. 14 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series.)
Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson The Great Minnesota Cookie Book University of Minnesota Press 2018; 240 p.
Patrice Johnson Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions Minnesota Historical Society Press 2017; 256 p.
Leif Enger Virgil Wander New York: Grove Press 2018; 300 p.
Patricia Hampl The Art of the Wasted Day New York: Penguin Group 2018; 288 p.
Dessa My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love New York, New York: Dutton 2018; 288 p.
Elizabeth Foy Larsen 111 Places in the Twin Cities That You Must Not Miss Emons Publishers 2017; 240 p.
John J. Moriarty A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities University of Minnesota Press 2018; 384 p.
Roger Bergerson History: One Darn Thing After Another CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2018; 282 p.
Kristal Leebrick Thank You for Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores Minnesota Historical Society Press 2018; 224 p.
Patrick O’Brian Master and Commander New York: W. W. Norton 1990, c1970; 411 p. (First of the Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin novels.)
John LeCarré The Spy Who Came in From the Cold New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan 1978, c1963.; 256 p.
Judy Woodward is history coordinator at Ramsey County’s Roseville Library and is a frequent contributor to the Bugle.