August 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 Lost Queen of Crocker County Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492663799
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - July 10th, 2018

“This heartwarming redemptive novel proves that you can indeed go home again. What a charmer this book is!” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA

Jane Willow may have moved to Los Angeles to become a famous film critic, but when a family tragedy prompts her return to Crocker County, Iowa, for the first time in eighteen years, she is forced to confront everything she left behind.

Midwest Connection: The author grew up in rural Iowa and the novel is set in the fictional Crocker County, Iowa.

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan J. Stradal

The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America's Most Infamous Crimes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781572842403
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Published: Agate Midway - July 17th, 2018

“Gives new insight into the case, highlighting the ambiguities of the trial in a way that only true crime can.” —CrimeReads 

This comprehensive, ephemera-driven history allows the reader to act as a fly on the wall and speaks powerfully to the unsolved mysteries of this distinct crime, in which the guilt of the perpetrators is unambiguous but almost everything else is open to interpretation.

Midwest Connection: The author lives in Chicago and is the owner of Bookends & Beginnings, an indie bookstore in Evanston, IL. The book explores Chicago's Leopold and Loeb murder and resulting court case, led by defense attorney Clarence Darrow.

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For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder that Shocked Chicago by Simon Baatz
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn
The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin

Tacky Goblin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944700607
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unnamed Press - July 17th, 2018

Tacky Goblin is strange but somehow comforting too, like a nightmare that you don’t want to leave, or a wistful calamity. You’ll love the book for its humor and absurdity, and you’ll thrill at finding a new irreverent voice in fiction. Read this book. You’ve earned it.” —Tim Moore, Unabridged Books

Fleeing a talking mold stain in the ceiling of his bedroom in Chicago, a young man moves to Los Angeles, where he rents an apartment with his sister, Kim, in this fictional diary. Despite the new city, new friends, and love interests, something haunts him. Perhaps Kim can help him out of his funk. Or maybe she'll just lead him to hell... 

Midwest Connection: T. Sean Steele was born and raised in Illinois, and spent several years working as a bookseller at City Lit in Chicago. The book alternates between Los Angeles and Chicago, so much of it takes place in the Midwest.

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Caca Dolce by Chelsea Martin
Nicotine by Nell Zink
Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra

New Poets of Native Nations Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978099
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 10th, 2018

“An immensely important anthology that belongs in every library.” --Booklist, starred review

New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and cultures to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Editor Heid E. Erdrich has selected twenty-one poets whose first books were published since the year 2000 to highlight Native poets in this century.

Midwest Connection: Heid E. Erdrich is Ojibwe and was raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota; she currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Poets in the anthology with tribal ties to the Midwest include Layli Long Soldier (South Dakota), Margaret Noodin (Minnesota), Gwen Nell Westerman (South Dakota), Trevino L. Brings Plenty (South Dakota), and Gordon Henry, Jr. (Minnesota).

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WHEREASPoems by Layli Long Soldier
When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz
Junk by Tommy Pico
Go Home! ed. by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan