ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz has invited Minnesotans to “start the state’s largest book club” as they follow his “Stay at Home” order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The governor, who is self-isolating in the residence on Summit Avenue, tweeted this weekend a video taken in front of the fireplace of himself, wife Gwen and daughter Hope sharing what they are reading.

It isn’t surprising the governor is urging folks to turn to books. Both he and his wife, Gwen, are teachers.

In the video, Gwen Walz holds up her current read, “Mississippi Sissy,” Kevin Sessums’ memoir about how he stood the word “sissy” on its head while growing up in that state where he was befriended by Eudora Welty.

Hope is reading “Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence” by Patrick Sharkey, and son Gus finished up an Xbox tournament to reveal he’s reading “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” by Matthew Stover.

The governor himself got his thriller groove on with Neal Stephenson’s “Cryptonomicon.”

By mid-morning Sunday, March 29, dozens of Minnesotans were offering reading suggestions, everything from Louise Erdrich’s “The Nightwatchman” to “The Little Prince,” which an extended family is reading for a virtual book club.

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