Sunday news and reviews



A roundup of three memoirs by three adventurous women.

- LAURIE HERTZEL, Star Tribune


A look at the causes of the Gulf disaster, at the men who died there and what, if anything, we learned from the experience.

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- STEPHEN J. LYONS, Star Tribune

Discovering the path to happiness

David Brooks' take on building a fulfilling life, told through the adventures of a hypothetical couple.

- STEPHEN J. LYONS, Star Tribune

Lychack's beautiful stories fail to move

This new collection is lovingly crafted, but lacks the narrative grace of "The Wasp Eater."

- CHERIE PARKER, Star Tribune

Pearson delivers comedic relief of the highest order

Anyone who ever swooned over the pages of Teen Beat will delight in the premise of this book.

- ANDREA HOAG, Star Tribune

Readers' Choice event brings out scads of talent

Last week, 21 of the 32 finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards gathered at the Loft in Minneapolis to pitch their books to a happy crowd.

- LAURIE HERTZEL, Star Tribune


'Yathra' is a joyous journey through life

REVIEW In exploring day and night, the latest work from Ragamala Dance covers the human experience.

- CAROLINE PALMER, Special to the Star Tribune


Schnabel makes a 'disruptive' movie about Palestinians in 'Miral'

Even before its wide release, the artist/director's "Miral" is making waves. No big surprise there.

- COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune


Chorale's voices shine in Brahms' 'Requiem'

REVIEW Minnesota Chorale used impeccable musical precision to convey the work's deep spirituality.



Where mirth meets message: McSweeny on Shaw

Which elements combined to make up the reputation of George Bernard Shaw as one of the greatest English-language playwrights?

- GRAYDON ROYCE, Star Tribune

Guthrie's Shaw staging is nothing for the ages

The director seems uncertain whether he wants his production to be a broad, winking, self-aware comedy (as indicated by the wry intermezzo between the first and second acts) or a more cerebral, mannered evening of humor and insight designed to generate more smiles than laughter.

- Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press

Arms And The Man at the Guthrie Theater

Heroism in war? Ha. Romantic love? Ha. Shaw will have none of it.

- John Olive,