May 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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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316259613
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 3rd, 2018

A deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage, THE RECOVERING turns the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. ​

"An astounding triumph. Profound. Achingly wise. A recovery memoir like no other." --Entertainment Weekly 

Midwest Connection: Much of the book takes place in Iowa.

Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks, and the Making of an Oil Frontier Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610396462
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Published: PublicAffairs - April 24th, 2018

When they heard they could earn $17,000 a month in the Bakken Oilfield of North Dakota, they flooded in: the profiteers, deadbeats, ex-cons, dreamers, doers--and Maya Rao, a journalist who embedded herself in this surreal new American frontier. With an eye for the dark, humorous, and absurd, she chronicles the largest oil boom since the 1968 discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska--and, as the boom receded, the people who were left behind wondering what happened to the good times and if they will ever return.

"A potent metaphor for modern American capitalism. Maya Rao's bracing dispatch from the Bakken reveals the toll of fracking on everything it touches. Keenly observed and vividly told." --Jessica Bruder, author of Nomadland

Midwest Connection: A staff writer in the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune chronicles the development of the Bakken Oilfield of North Dakota.

Beaut Cover Image
ISBN: 9780932112743
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Published: Blair - May 2018

If your mother decided to write about the details of her life, would you read her account? Jill Lundgrove does just that, and her children don't know what to make of it. They consider destroying the pages, for in them they find an account of their family blended by death and divorce, tested by illness and drug addiction, and unevenly duct-taped with their mother's love.

"With his debut novel, Donald Morrill shows that prose and poetry can become indistinguishable on the page just as beauty and tragedy are often indistinguishable in our lives. This is a punchy, finely written novel driven by a fierce determination to condense our humanity to the written word." --Wiley Cash, author of The Last Ballad 

Midwest Connection: Beaut is set in Des Moines, where author Donald Morrill was born and educated. Morrill holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Drake University and has been a visiting writer at the University of Iowa.

Dear Girl, Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062422507
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Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2017

Written by mother-daughter duo Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal, Dear Girl, is a perfect book for the special girl in your life. Dear Girl, encourages girls to always be themselves and to love who they are--inside and out.

“Abundantly necessary. Holly Hatam’s simple, stark style and limited palette reflect the essential and basic nature of equality, conveying that Dear Girl can be any girl. Dear Girl ends with love. Scary times call for extra love.” --New York Times Book Review

Midwest Connection: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal are from Chicago, IL