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Sublime Shards

A quick book review and two recommended CDs.

Checking In

Fun fall activities recommended by Minnesota Monthly writers.

Gregg Aamot

The Twin Cities-based writer talks about his book, The New Minnesotans: Stories of Immigrants and Refugees

James Kakalios

Fusing science and superheroes for University of Minnesota freshmen.

Hamlet of Horrors

Hinckley historians, as well as those who know the former logging center primarily as the home of Tobie’s, will be captivated by Daniel James Brown’s Under a Flaming Sky (Lyons Press, $22.95).

Summer Scares

A quick review of three hair-raising summer reads set in local environs.

Feast of Friends

Many hands make light work of a menu of seasonal recipes.

Destination Dining

Off the beaten track but still top-flight, these far-flung restaurants go the distance.

Bed, Breakfast and Beyond

From four-posters to fainting couches, English-style buttered “soldiers” to breakfasts bound up in brown paper, we’ve found nine restful retreats—plus one with an outhouse—where you can get your relax on.