December 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 End of the End of the Earth: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374147938
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 13th, 2018

“Franzen displays his signature precision and deadpan humor.” --Vanity Fair

In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes—both human and literary—that have long preoccupied him. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day.

Midwest Connection: Jonathan Franzen was born in Illinois. Several of his novels were set in the Midwest.

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Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
The Possessed by Elif Batuma

Collected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393652444
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 18th, 2018

“Robert Bly has become, over his several lifetimes of ink and words, a force of geological genius, transforming the landscape of poetry and culture in ways that set him beside the Old Masters and anonymous teachers whose praises his lines so often sing. This book carries its own lantern of bioluminescence, an alchemical music and knowledge, and Bly’s ferocious thirst, needed now more than ever.”
--Jane Hirshfield

Gathering more than sixty years of poetry, Collected Poems by Robert Bly showcases the brilliant career of a “great American transcendentalist” (New York Times). Presenting the full magnitude of Robert Bly’s body of work for the first time,Collected Poems is a fresh view of his lifelong achievement. From his imagistic debut, Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962), to his National Book Award-winning The Light Around the Body (1967), to his transcendent latest, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (2011), Bly is a truth-teller and a fearless explorer of the human dilemma. Collected Poems makes clear why poets and lovers of poetry have long looked to Bly for emotional authenticity, moral authority, and artistic inspiration.

Midwest Connection: Robert Bly lives in Minneapolis, MN

City of Broken Magic (Chronicles of Amicae #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250169273
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Published: Tor Books - November 20th, 2018

“Terrifying shadow monsters haunt a vividly rendered working-class present with the sins of generations past. A thrilling ride, with promise of deeper mysteries to come."—Max Gladstone, Hugo Award finalist

Five hundred years ago, magi created a weapon they couldn’t control. An infestation that ate magic—and anything else it came into contact with. Only an elite team of non-magical humans can defuse and dispose of infestations. Laura has stayed alive longer than most. Now, she’s the last—and only—sweeper standing between the city and a massive infestation.

Midwest Connection: Mirah Bolender was born is Wisconsin and currently lives in Minnesota.

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Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

The Mukluk Ball Cover Image
By Katharine Johnson, Alicia Schwab (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781681341163
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - November 1st, 2018

"There’s lots of hugging and happiness in this book that will make readers of all ages smile." --Pioneer Press

Karhu the bear wants to go to the Mukluk Ball. He will need mukluks, dance moves, and someone to wake him up from hibernation. Will the Ball live up to Karhu's dreams? The music and fellowship filling Finn Town Hall might just make for the best night of his life.

Midwest Connection: Both the author and illustrator live in Minnesota, and the book is set in a snowy Northwoods setting

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Where Are All the Minnesotans?
North Woods Girl
The Snowy Nap