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History, stories, laughter and a few tears in these spectacular picture books with Minnesota ties. 'Grandmother's Pigeon' by Louise Erdrich, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. (University of Minnesota Press, ages 5-9, $17.95.) What a magical story this is! Grandmother, a "far more mysterious woman" than her family realized, sails away to Greenland on the back of a porpoise. A year later, in ...

LOS ANGELES — When Nikole Hannah-Jones' "The 1619 Project: The New Origin Story" was greenlighted, she didn't want to mince words in her sweeping and eye-opening exploration of slavery and its legacy in America today. The New York Times Magazine investigative journalist and her collaborators created a style guide to ensure they would be mindful of the language used: Human beings would be ...

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