February Midwest Connections

  • Posted on: 1 February 2018
  • By: Sarah Krammen


Bookseller selected, Midwest approved! Indie booksellers throughout the Midwest have hand-selected these titles based on their discoverability and regional value. From small towns to bustling cities, many of the most celebrated writers have roots in the middle of the country and explore this distinctly American landscape and experience. Discover your next great read and explore a whole region of amazing literature.


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The Immortalists Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213180
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

​If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a “great new talent.” ​A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

"Finding the words to describe how deeply moving this story is is beyond me. Beautiful prose, amazingly wonderful characters, and a narrative with the perfect mix of tension and tenderness. I absolutely loved it!"  —Randy Schiller, Left Bank Books

Midwest Connection: Chloe Benjamin received her MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin. She now lives in Madison with her husband.

The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307961693
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2018

When it comes to the environment, two scientists shaped our world view—and very few people have ever even heard of them. Award-winning historian Charles C. Mann takes on one of the most important questions of our time, drawing on history for context and laying a path for what’s to come. ​

“Mann’s most spectacular accomplishment is to take no sides. Readers will thrill to the wizards’ astounding advances and believe the prophets’ gloomy forecasts. An insightful, highly significant account that makes no predictions but lays out the critical environmental problems already upon us.” --Kirkus starred review

Midwest Connection: Midwest native Norman Borlaug is one of the two remarkable scientists that serve as central figures for this book.

American Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062694102
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Published: HarperTeen - January 30th, 2018

Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim Americans are a reality. This is the world of fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams of Hannibal, Missouri. When Sarah-Mary meets a Muslim fugitive determined to reach freedom, the two set off on a desperate journey, hitchhiking through the heart of an America.​

“[An] emotionally intense exploration of extremist “patriotic” ideology, the dangers of brainwashing and blind spots, and some of the components of our nation’s social fabric that threaten to destroy us.” --Kirkus Reviews

Midwest Connection: The main character of the novel lives in Hannibal, Missouri. Author Laura Moriarty lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Digger and the Flower Cover Image
By Joseph Kuefler, Joseph Kuefler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062424334
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 23rd, 2018

From the author-artist of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground comes a breathtaking new book with a powerful message about the environment—about a lonely digger in an industrial world who finds a flower, an encounter that ends up changing his whole world. This beautifully spare story has a powerful message of friendship and environmentalism.

“Kuefler imbues the text with the heart and soul of the best storytime fare. One couldn’t hope for a better tale of rebirth and regeneration.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Midwest Connection: Author Joseph Kuefler lives and works outside of the Twin Cities in Hugo, Minnesota.