From the Heartland

Looking for Midwest-centric titles?  This list of selections will keep you grounded in the Heartland.

Memory of Trees: A Daughter's Story of a Family Farm Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816666898
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - April 7th, 2010

Memory of Trees is a multigenerational story of Gayla Marty's family farm near Rush City, Minnesota. Cleared from woodlands by her great-grandfather Jacob in the 1880s, the farm passed to her father, Gordon, and his brother, Gaylon. Hewing to a conservative Swedish Baptist faith, the two brothers worked the farm, raising their families in side-by-side houses.


How High the Moon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385341219
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Published: Bantam - April 6th, 2010

In this tender novel set in 1955 Mill Town, Wisconsin, Sandra Kring explores the complicated bond between mothers and daughters, the pressure to conform, and the meaning of friendship and family.


Leaning Into the Wind: A Memoir of Midwest Weather Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816642625
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - August 15th, 2003

"Leaning into the Wind is a series of ten intimate essays in which Susan Allen Toth, who has spent most of her life in Lowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, reveals the ways in which weather has challenged and changed her perceptions about herself and the world around her. She describes her over-growing awareness of and appreciation for how the weather marks the major milestones of her life.


The Sub: A Study in Witchcraft Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816672202
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - September 23rd, 2010

The Sub, the fourth novel in Thomas M. Disch's Supernatural Minnesota series, which uses different supernatural horrors to satirize modern America, focuses on Diana Turney, a substitute teacher in the town of Leech Lake, Minnesota, left to care for her niece after her sister is imprisoned for the attempted murder of her philandering husband.


Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland Cover Image
By Beth Dooley, Lucia Watson (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9780816645749
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - August 23rd, 2004

More than two hundred delicious seasonal recipes from the upper Midwest celebrate the diverse ethnic groups--Scandinavian, German, Eastern European, Scottish, and Welsh--that helped define the character of the region's cuisine, accompanied by period photographs and lively anecdotes about the traditi.


Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780299222147
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Published: Terrace Books - August 21st, 2008

     The most pivotal and yet least understood event of Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated life involves the brutal murders in 1914 of seven adults and children dear to the architect and the destruction by fire of Taliesin, his landmark residence, near Spring Green, Wisconsin.


Up North Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816642670
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - April 1st, 2003

Up North is a certain way the wind feels on your face and the way an old wool shirt feels on your back. It's the peace that comes over you when you sit down to read one of your old trip journals, or the anticipation that bubbles inside when you start sorting through your tackle box early in the spring.


Quiet Magic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816641857
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - August 14th, 2002

Step outside and marvel at the grand experience of the North -- the power of a storm building on the greatest of the Great Lakes, the glory of Northern Lights in the shimmering night sky, the embracing, absolute silence of a snowhouse.


Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest Cover Image
By Mark Vinz, Thom Tammaro (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9780816636877
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - January 24th, 2000

Sixteen nationally acclaimed authors reflect on how their Midwestern heritage has affected their attitudes, values, and development as writers. Includes brief biographies and b&w photos of contributors. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.


Letters from the Country Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816633227
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - April 1st, 1999

Letters from the Country, one of Bly's best-known and best-loved books, is a collection of essays as fresh today as when they were originally published in Minnesota Monthly. This contemporary classic welcomes readers to the small town of Madison, Minnesota (population 2,242), a rural community struggling to place itself in the new American landscape.


In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780299223045
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - May 13th, 2008

The H H Harlow Pickle Company has appeared in the small town of Link Lake, using heavy-handed tactics to force family farmers to either farm the Harlow way or lose their biggest customer - and, possibly, their land.


Farm Crossing: The Amazing Adventures of Addie and Zachary Cover Image
By Jack Bushnell, Laurie Caple (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780963619150
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Published: Chippewa Valley Museum - February 17th, 2005

This charming adventure story uses true-to-life stories of northwestern Wisconsin farm families through children's eyes. Recomended for ages 9-14.
Distributed for the Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


A Thousand Pieces of Paradise: Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780299213909
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - December 1st, 2005

A Thousand Pieces of Paradise is an ecological history of property and a cultural history of rural ecosystems set in one of Wisconsin’s most famous regions, the Kickapoo Valley. While examining the national war on soil erosion in the 1930s, a controversial real estate development scheme, Amish land settlement, a U.S.


Listen to the Land: Conservation Conversations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780299225643
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Published: Terrace Books - March 2nd, 2009

Inspired by years of talking with farmers, foragers, loggers, tribal activists, seed savers, fishers, railroaders, and nature lovers of all stripes, Dennis Boyer has created in Listen to the Land a fascinating communal conversation that invites readers to ponder their own roles in grassroots environmentalism.


A Friend of Kissinger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780299185206
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - February 7th, 2003

In this lively coming-of-age novel, young Danny Meyer lays bare a landscape of illness and despair but emerges triumphant, with a new awareness of the limitations of security and the lessons of eternity. Danny’s bubble-like existence in paradisal Madison is broken when his father, a concert pianist and professor, is stricken with illness and must give up his professorship.