October Midwest Connections

  • Posted on: 1 October 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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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501133091
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

“I read Sarah Smarsh’s Heartland in one sitting and was blown away. Not only does she capture a place, Wichita, Kansas, and environs, but she articulates the American divide between the middle class and the working poor no one wants to talk about.” 
–Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books

With both personal stories from Sarah Smarsh’s own life and deeply researched socioeconomic analysis on class in America, Heartland illuminates the unseen, unheard realities of the American working class—which over the course of the author’s turbulent upbringing in rural Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s became the American working poor.

Midwest Connection: Sarah Smarsh was born a fifth-generation Kansas farm kid, and currently lives in Wichita.

You may also like:
Hilbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Educated by Tara Westover


My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love Cover Image
By Dessa
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524742294
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - September 18th, 2018

“Every sentence trips off the tongue and slides cleanly into the next. Full of wry humor, it's accessible without pandering. It's a meditation on lost love that's neither self-absorbed nor a plea for sympathy. Dessa is an essayist who can take us anywhere - an interactive performance of Macbeth, a tour bus, a soaring glider, heartbreak - and who can show us something new about where we've found ourselves.” --Jessie, Magers & Quinn

A memoir-in-essays from singer and rapper, Dessa. Her stunning literary debut memoir stitches together poignant insights on love, science, and language--a demonstration of just how far the mind can travel while the body is on a six-hour ride to the next gig.​

Midwest Connection: Dessa grew up in Minneapolis and divides her time between Minneapolis and NYC.

You may also like:
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
​The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson


The Wildlands Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619022348
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 4th, 2018

"Abby Geni is the absolute master of storytelling about the destructive beauty of nature and wildlife, and in The Wildlandsshe had my heart in my throat as she explores the battle between human and mother nature.” —Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)

When a category 5 tornado ravaged the small town of Mercy, Oklahoma, no family lost more than the McClouds: four siblings left orphaned, their home and farm demolished. Three years later, the family is swept up in tragedy again when the local cosmetics factory is bombed, and the lab animals trapped within are released. The acts of escalating violence that follow trap the “saddest family in Mercy” in the tenuous space between wild and tame, human and animal. 

Midwest Connection: Abby Geni is from Evanston, IL and resides in Chicago, IL. She earned her B.A. at Oberlin College in 2001 and her M.F.A at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2003. However far her books might take you, Geni is rooted in the Midwest.

You may also like:
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips 
The Heart: A Novel by Maylis de Kerangal 
Ill Will: A Novel by Dan Chaon


The Wildlands Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619022348
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 4th, 2018

"Fans of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing will eagerly embrace this outstanding intergenerational family saga by Shannon Gibney. This is a must read for 2018 and will have readers of all ages talking and remembering these characters." —Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books

Dream Country begins in Minneapolis in 2008 as teenager Kollie Flomo cracks under the strain of life as a Liberian refugee. Frustrated, his parents send him back “home” for reform school. Readers travel back to Liberia, but also back in time, to 1926, where they meet Togar Somah, an indigenous Liberian fleeing forced labor on the plantations of descendants of the African American slaves who colonized Liberia. The story jumps again, back to 1827, to the Wright family, who escape a Virginia plantation for Liberia, where they're promised freedom and self-determination. The Wrights begin their section fleeing the whip and by its close, they are then the ones who wield it. With each new section, the novel uncovers fresh hope and resonating heartbreak, all based on historical fact. 

Midwest Connection: Dream Country begins and ends in the Twin Cities. Shannon Gibney was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, attended graduate school in Indiana, and has lived in Minneapolis since 2002. She is a professor of English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.  

You may also like:
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Refugee by Alan Gratz
A Good Time for the Truth edited by Sun Yung Shin