March 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 Raven Tower Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316388696
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Published: Orbit - February 26th, 2019

“A powerhouse epic of humans and gods at war, deeply imagined and profoundly thrilling. There are echoes of Shakespeare and Le Guin in The Raven Tower, but its strange dark brilliance could only have come from Ann Leckie.” ―Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has flourished, protected under the watchful eye of the god known as the Raven. But now, the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom’s borders are tested by invaders, god and human alike. And as the unrest deepens, the darkest secret of the Raven’s tower slowly comes to light, threatening to destroy Iraden forever. ​

Midwest Connection: Ann Leckie lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Northern Lights Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501190292
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 12th, 2019

“In Raymond Strom’s impressive debut, a hollowed-out, drug-addicted Midwestern town becomes a magical setting for a redemptive coming-of-age story that sticks with you long after you finish the final page. Strom’s straightforward, confident storytelling is so convincing it almost feels journalistic, even as the drug-fueled summer days turn into deranged summer nights. A totally satisfying Midwestern gothic tale with a main character so full of heart I’d follow him anywhere.” –Carrie Obry, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association

Shane Stephenson has come to the remote town of Holm, Minnesota, looking for his mother. Holm is divided between a group holding white pride rallies just outside town and young misfits and drug users who adopt Shane as their own. As Shane seeks connection in their dysfunctional company, his androgyny draws the enmity of the bigoted Sven Svenson

Midwest Connection: The setting of the novel is a small town in Minnesota, and the author grew up in towns across the Midwest.

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Finding Dorothy: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525622109
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 12th, 2019

“With a sprinkling of Hollywood stardust, Letts spins a magical tale about a classic book and movie, both, as seen through the eyes of this remarkable, redoubtable heroine for the ages.” — Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue

This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.

Midwest Connection: Finding Dorothy is a story of love, loss, inspiration, and perseverance, set in America’s heartland. This novel captures the pioneering spirit of the Baum family settling in South Dakota in the 1880s and, later, Chicago. The people they meet and the places they visit help inspire L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz—which many consider to be America’s first home-grown fairytale

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Nothing Is Scary with Harry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680523867
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Published: Cottage Door Press - February 19th, 2019

"This book beautifully demonstrates how comfort objects are not only for self-soothing, but can actually be empowering to children." Lisa Lowry, LCSW, child and family therapist

Nothing Is Scary With Harry is a story about a girl, her blankie, and the value of comfort. The story follows Katie throughout her childhood as she overcomes various “scary scenarios” with the help of her friend Harry the blanket. Through Katie’s connection to Harry, Katie’s mother learns that “lovies” are like best friends, and have no expiration date. “Life can be scary, so how can it be wrong to hold tight to something that makes you feel strong?”

Midwest Connection: Katie is a lifelong Midwesterner and Chicagoan. She was born and raised just outside Chicago, attended college at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and currently resides in Oak Park, Illinois. When Katie was a toddler, she named her blanket ‘Harry’ after Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American Mayor.

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