February Midwest Connections


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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We're All in This Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9780771050657
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: McClelland & Stewart - January 15th, 2019

"The novel recalls Jonathan Franzen in The Corrections, or an ensemble TV dramedy you can't stop watching: both serious about family and lighthearted." --Globe and Mail

Like all families, the Parkers of Thunder Bay have had their share of complications. Set over the course of four calamitous days that culminate in a road trip to Duluth, Minnesota, Amy Jones's big-hearted, bestselling novel follows the Parkers as catastrophe forces them to do something they never thought possible--act like a family.​

Midwest Connection: The characters embark on a roadtrip to Minnesota

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The Current: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616206772
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - January 22nd, 2019

“The Current is a haunting story . . . Johnston masterfully describes people, their grief, their guilt, and loneliness. He brings out both the brutal and loving sides of human nature. It is a real treat for those who love thrillers.” --The Washington Book Review

In the dead of winter, state troopers pull two young women from the Black Root River—one dead, one alive. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them.​

Midwest Connection: The novel is set in Minnesota and Iowa, and the author lives in Iowa City.

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Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632869609
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 15th, 2019

“A work chock-full of wisdom and consoling messages. . . . While a must-read for its target audience of women moving into old age, Pipher's engaging book is an ought-to-read for their daughters and sons as well.” --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss, but their struggles can help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be. Drawing on her own experiences, Mary Pipher explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face.​

Midwest Connection: Mary Pipher lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Bim, Bam, Bop . . . and Oona Cover Image
ISBN: 9781517903954
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - February 5th, 2019

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“Martin tells the tale in rollicking cadences just right for reading aloud. ‘A gust of wind grabbed the sails and up she went. OOO-hoolie-hoo!’ ” --Kirkus

When these ducks go to the pond, it is Bim, Bam, Bop . . . and Oona, always last. Spunky Oona will inspire and delight all who see her final triumphant creation. A tale about being true to yourself, building confidence, and finding friendship, Bim, Bam, Bop . . . and Oona is sure to bring smiles to readers and listeners of all ages.​

Midwest Connection: Author is from Iowa, illustrator is from Illinois. Rural, American heartland setting.

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