June 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 Lion's Binding Oath and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946395078
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catalyst Press - June 19th, 2018

Don't miss our event with Ahmed Ismail Yusuf on Tuesday, June 26th!

"Through his entertaining stories, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf captures the world of Somalia's pre-war past and the tragedy of what was lost there. Alternately comic, allegorical, heartbreaking, they provide a window into the richness of Somali storytelling."—Brad Kessler, author of Birds in Fall

Religious and ethnic conflict is Somalia's most enduring legacy. The U.S. has welcomed Somali refugees yet views them with suspicion. Yusuf's collection is written with deep compassion for the lives of its characters, examining the stories of families, clans, lovers, neighbors, and friends beneath its history of war and displacement.

Midwest Connection: Ahmed Ismail Yusuf has lived in the Twin Cities for over two decades. As a Somali transplant, his work represents a significant population throughout the Midwest.

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What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
The Curious Case of Dassoukine's Trousers by Fouad Laroui
Love is Power or Something Like That by A. Igoni Barrett

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101871843
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - May 8th, 2018

“An eye-opening, keenly optimistic reminder of the strength of America’s vital center.” —Publishers Weekly

A unique, revelatory portrait of the civic and economic renewal already taking place across America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A surprisingly hopeful view of the country between its coasts.

Midwest Connection: For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-prop airplane, visiting small cities, including many Midwestern hubs, and reporting on the issues and concerns that matter most to the people who call these places home.

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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Earning the Rockies by Robert D. Kaplan
The Longest Road by Philip Caputo

The Westing Game: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451480989
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Puffin Books - May 15th, 2018

“Confoundingly clever, and very funny.”—Kirkus starred review

When Samuel W. Westing is found dead, the residents of Sunset Towers find themselves gathered for the reading of his will. What they are shocked to hear is that Westing was actually murdered and that his murderer is one of them! The residents are given a series of clues and tasked with solving the mystery. Winning means they inherit Westing’s vast fortune, but the further they move through the game, the more dangerous it becomes. ​

Midwest Connection: Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game honors her connection to Wisconsin with a setting based in Sheboygan, her father’s hometown. Samuel G. Westing, the character whose will sets the other characters in motion to solve the mystery of this death can be attributed to reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes and Herbert V. Kohler, a second generation leader of Kohler Co. in Kohler, WI, near Sheboygan.

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The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatly Snyder
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
The Calder Game by Blue Balliet

Neck & Neck Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316466745
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

"Hilarious...a laugh on each spread. And readers will cheer on Leopold as he opts to take the high road--and ends up on top."
​--Publishers Weekly 

Everybody loves Leopold the giraffe. He inspires awe and wonder. His adoring fans gaze and cheer. Best of all, they feed him lots of deeeelicious snacks! But, one day, a shiny, bobble-headed new rival comes in and ruins everything...a giraffe-shaped balloon! Just how far will Leopold go to prove that he's the hero of the zoo?

Midwest Connection: Author-and-illustrator Elise Parsley studied drawing and creative writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her work has been featured at the Livingston Lord Library in Moorhead, MN, in the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo, ND, and in the SCBWI Bulletin. She currently lives in Beresford, SD.
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If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! by Elise Parsley
Giraffes Can't Dance by Guy Parker-Rees