April Midwest Connections

  • Posted on: 1 April 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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See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524732486
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Published: Knopf - April 3rd, 2018

More than fifty essays, reviews, and pieces of cultural criticism by one of America's most revered and admired novelists who has been parsing the political, artistic, and media idiom for the last three decades. See What Can be Done ranges from reviews of novels by Margaret Atwood and Nora Ephron, to an essay on Ezra Edelman's 2016 O.J. Simpson documentary, to commentary on the continuing unequal state of race in America and the shocking GOP.

“Acclaimed fiction writer Moore has compiled her nonfiction writings into a marvelous collection…a window onto the trajectory of both late 20th-century American culture and Moore’s development as a writer. Throughout, her chief virtue as a critic is shown to be a sympathetic, generous eye…a boon to any lover of smart cultural criticism.” --Publishers Weekly

Midwest Connection: Lorrie Moore taught at University of Wisconsin–Madison for 30 years and was beloved there.

Universal Harvester: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250159991
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Published: Picador - February 6th, 2018

It's the late '90s, and you can find Jeremy at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. Suddenly, customers begin complaining that there are mysterious movies on the tapes they’ve rented. As Jeremy and those around him are absorbed into tapes, they become part of another story—one that unfolds years into the past and years into the future, part of an impossible search for something someone once lost that they would do anything to regain.

"Few books in recent memory have mastered the Midwestern uncanny as well as John Darnielle’s strange and lyrical Universal Harvester...Like Midwestern cornfields, this book haunts in many ways." --Chicago Review of Books

Midwest Connection: Universal Harvester is set in the small town of Nevada, Iowa. Author John Darnielle is from Bloomington, Indiana. The book is inspired by Darnielle’s years of living in small-town Iowa.

Paris by the Book: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101986271
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Published: Dutton - April 3rd, 2018

Leah Eady and her two daughters are left shaken when her husband, Robert, disappears. He leaves behind plane tickets to Paris and a half finished manuscript. Leah uproots her family to Paris in search of him and buys a struggling English language bookstore, hoping to lure her husband back…​

“This charming and poignant novel made me fall in love with Paris and all things French. Oh, to own a bookstore in any arrondissement! Within this love story there are reflections on the mystery of writing, the solace of reading, the ties that bind and those that don’t, plus the joy of The Red Balloon, to name but a few of the pleasures of Paris by the Book.”—Jane Hamilton, author of The Excellent Lombards and A Map of the World

Midwest Connection: Liam Callanan lives in Wisconsin and teaches at the University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In the book, Leah meets her husband in Wisconsin (they have their first date in Paris, Wisconsin) and eventually moves from Milwaukee to Paris, France when Robert vanishes.

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399161933
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 2018

Eleven-year-old Reenie Kelly is Lake Liberty's newest paper girl. When one customer, Mr. Marsworth, the town recluse, won't answer his doorbell to meet her, Reenie begins to leave him letters. Slowly, the two become pen pals, striking up the most unlikely of friendships. Reenie learns Mr. Marsworth is a staunch pacifist and soon enough the two devise a plan to keep her brother from enlisting in the Vietnam War. ​

“Moving and thought-provoking for middle-grade readers.” 
–Kirkus Reviews

Midwest Connection: Sheila O'Connor lives in St. Paul, MN. The book is set in Lake Liberty, Minnesota. The protagonist, Reenie Kelly, is originally from Missouri.