April Midwest Connection Picks!


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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Little Faith: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062469717
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - March 5th, 2019

Don't miss our upcoming event with Nickolas Butler on Thursday, April 11th.

“Powerful.... [Butler] skillfully handles the complicated—and heartbreaking—psychological and emotional complexities of this story, crafting a deeply moving novel about love, faith, and loss.... A beautifully realized meditation on the nature of parenting and living in a perplexing (and often cruel) world.” --Library Journal starred review

Lyle Hovde’s daughter has become deeply involved with an extremist church. While reckoning with his own faith—or lack thereof—Lyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and his desire to keep his daughter and grandson in his life. But when the church’s radical belief system threatens Isaac’s safety, Lyle is forced to make a decision from which the family may not recover. ​

Midwest Connection: Nick Butler lives in Wisconsin and writes about his personal connection to Wisconsin and the Midwest.

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Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781517905996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - March 26th, 2019

"With a sprinkle of some very special Minnesota magic, Lorna Landvik has once again created an absolute delight on the page. Chronicles of a Radical Hag is a tribute to hardworking journalists, the power of feminism, and, as always, the importance of friends and family. Book clubs will be gathering with platters of Almond Crescents and coffee as they talk long into the night." —Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books

​With her customary warmth and wit, Lorna Landvik summons a lifetime at once lost and recovered, a complicated past that speaks with knowing eloquence to a confused present.Chronicles of a Radical Hag reminds us of the power of words and of silence, as well as the wonder of finding in each other what we never even knew we were missing.

Midwest Connection: Lorna Landvik is a Minneapolis author writing about life in a small, fictional Minnesota town

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Beautiful Bad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778369103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Park Row - March 5th, 2019

“What sets this remarkable book apart from other psychological thrillers is its breadth of scope—the story stretches over 15 years and moves from Kansas to the war-town Balkans to New York, and Iraq, and back again. Maddie, Ian and Joanna first meet halfway around the world, under dangerous circumstances, and their relationship with each other follows a long, twisted path that ends with a heinous crime. If you love a jaw-dropping third-act twist, you'll get that here...but it's these characters, and their story, that will stay with you. Just awesome.” - Erika VanDam, Roscoe Books

Maddie and Ian's love story began overseas; he was in the army and she was visiting her best friend, Jo. Two decades later, married with a son, they are living the perfect suburban life. But when an accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

Midwest Connection: Annie was raised and currently lives in Kansas City

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Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998601052
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holy Cow Press - November 20th, 2018

"Thomas Peacock’s thoughtful and inspiring novel is a true “Indin” story, a poignant journey home to Blueberry Road. Blending history, storytelling and personal reflection, this tender story is a reminder that our ties to family and place can survive even the deepest loss." --Diane Wilson, author of Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past and Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life

Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny is the story of Donovan Manypenny. Raised by his grandparents on a northern Wisconsin Ojibwe reservation until their passing when he is ten years old, he becomes a ward of the state of Wisconsin and enters the child welfare system – foster care, children’s home, and adoption. The trauma he experiences as a result of losing his grandparents and way of life leads him to put his past behind him for over forty-three years. Then at the age of fifty-three, events in his life take him back to his childhood home, retracing the historical westward migration of his Ojibwe ancestors. Heartfelt and bittersweet, and layered with meaning, Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny will resonate with anyone who longs to make the journey home, wherever that may be, as well those who seek or have experienced cultural or spiritual awakening, and healing.

Midwest Connection: Thomas D. Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior (Anishinaabe Ojibwe) and divides his time between Duluth, Minnesota and Red Cliff, Wisconsin.

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