July 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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The Most Fun We Ever Had: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385544252
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - June 25th, 2019

“Everything about this brilliant debut cuts deep: the humor, the wisdom, the pathos. Claire Lombardo writes like she’s been doing it for a hundred years, and like she’s been alive for a thousand.” —Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

A multigenerational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Midwestern couple--still madly in love after forty years--recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they've built. Spanning nearly half a century, Lombardo's debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us.

Midwest Connection: Not only was Claire Lombardo born and raised in Oak Park, IL, The Most Fun We Ever Had is mostly set there (and in Chicago!). She currently lives in Iowa City, IA.

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Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525577201
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Convergent Books - June 11th, 2019

“This is a vivid account of one man’s efforts to make sense of political tensions, racial hatred, and religious misunderstandings.” - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

​In Love Thy Neighbor, Dr. Ayaz Virji relates his story as a Muslim doctor in a small town in an unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America's heartland.

Midwest Connection: ​In Love Thy Neighbor, Dr. Ayaz Virji relates his story as a Muslim doctor in a small town in an unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America's heartland.

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Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color Cover Image
By Gilbert Baker, Dustin Lance Black (Foreword by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781641601504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chicago Review Press - June 4th, 2019

“With infectious charisma and unadulterated exhilaration, Gilbert Baker intertwines the history of the Rainbow Flag and of the LGBTQ movement with the narration of his own sinuous life. If a sense of urgency and necessity, serendipity, intuition, and talent are the ingredients of great design, this is the autobiography of an accidental design superstar.” —Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture & Design, the Museum of Modern Art

Gilbert Baker’s unifying symbol for the growing gay rights movement debuted in 1978 at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade. Baker had no idea his creation would become an international emblem of liberation, forever cementing his pivotal role in helping to define the modern LGBTQ movement. Gilbert Baker often called himself the “Gay Betsy Ross,” and readers of his colorful, irreverent, and deeply personal memoir will find it difficult to disagree.

Midwest Connection: Rainbow Warrior tells the story of Gilbert Baker, who grew up in Kansas, and the book is publish by Chicago Review Press

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Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948509060
Availability: Special Order ~ Contact us for Availability
Published: Ice Cube Press, LLC - April 22nd, 2019

"Blessings on this little book. The prairie will delight in it." –Belden Lane, author of Landscapes of the Sacred

Journey into a realm where birds, plants, and seeds mix with water, roots, wind, and the sky, revealing about how each of us can learn to best live wherever we might call home. Designed as a conversation, Cindy Crosby and Thomas Dean inspire new understandings of the Midwestern tallgrass prairie, encouraging looking and listening to the prairie through the heart and mind as well as eyes, ears, and other senses, advancing both conservation and creative efforts.

Midwest Connection: Cindy Crosby is a trusted prairie steward on two different prairie sites in Illinois and speaks frequently in the Chicago region. Dean is Senior Presidential Writer/Editor at the University of Iowa. The book reflects the authors' love and respect for the Midwest's tallgrass prairie

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