July 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 Great Believers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223523
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

Don't miss our event with Rebbeca Makkai on Tuesday, August 21st!

“Stirring, spellbinding and full of life.”—Téa Obreht, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss, set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai.

Midwest Connection: The author lives in the Chicago area and much of the novel is set in Chicago in the 1980’s.

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The Snow Queen, Michael Cunningham
My Absolute Darling, Gabriel Tallent
The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer

The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780816692897
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - July 3rd, 2018

"A rigorously researched and detailed book that not only conveys all the volatility, rage, intrigue, and belief in the possibility of change that characterized the election of 1968 but provides a deeply human record of the lives of the powerful figures whose decisions would chart the course of history."--Foreword Reviews

1968 was one of the most tumultuous years in the twentieth century, culminating in one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history. The Contest tells the story of that contentious election and that remarkable year, giving us the long view of a turning point in American culture and politics.

Midwest Connection: The author is a Kenosha, Wisconsin native. While this is a true national trade book, its scope includes two presidential candidates from Minnesota and the pivotal 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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American Maelstrom, Michael A. Cohen
Playing with Fire, Lawrence O'Donnell
Resilient America, Michael Nelson

Broken Places (A Chicago Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496714879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kensington - May 29th, 2018

“Distinctive, vividly written characters lift this promising debut. Readers will be eager for the sequel.” – Publishers Weekly starred review 

​After a fatal shooting on a rooftop, a traumatized Cassandra Raines quits the Chicago P.D. with one less black female homicide detective. But when she stumbles across the dead body of a respected member of the community, it’s up to her to prove a murderer is on the loose in this first installment of the Chicago Mystery series by Chicago journalist Tracy Clark.

Midwest Connection: Tracy Clark is a native Chicagoan who writes mysteries set in her hometown while working as an editor in the newspaper industry.

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Wilde Lake, Laura Lippman
Damaged, Lisa Scottoline
You Will Know Me, Megan Abbott

Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143132332
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

“A beautiful book. Deeply personal and yet entirely universal, this memoir is a travelogue through the landscape of a broken heart. Peter Coviello is a writer of great humanity, talent, and honesty.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat Pray Love

Have you ever fallen in love—exalting, wracking, hilarious love—with a song? Long Players is a book about that everyday kind of besottedness—and, also, about those other, more entangling sorts of love that songs can propel us into. 

Midwest Connection: Peter Coviello lives in Chicago.

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Love That Boy, Ron Fournier
Reckless, Chrissie Hynde
Eminent Hipsters, Donald Fagen