May 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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In the Night of Memory: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781517906504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - April 2nd, 2019

"Linda LeGarde Grover offers us a gift of story across generations of Native American women. This book examines what it means to grow up poor, grow up female, and grow up in a place that should be home but feels far from belonging. Grover creates a tapestry of history and imagination, a weaving of perspectives beautiful and wise, a collection of truths that anchors and honors the experiences of Indigenous women." —Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father

Some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. Linda LeGarde Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history.

Midwest Connection: Linda LeGarde Grover lives in Duluth, MN and the book is set largely in Duluth.

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Of Fathers and Fire: A Novel (Flyover Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496211866
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2019

“Deeply felt, subtly innovative, utterly compelling, Steven Wingate’s Of Fathers and Fire is an excellent novel by a talented novelist who deserves—and with this book I feel certain will find—a wide audience.” —Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Living in the High Plains town of Suborney, Colorado in the summer of 1980, main character Tommy Sandor is wrestling with the forces shaping America and himself: the Iran hostage crisis, the incoming tide of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, and the political rise of the Christian Right. In many ways, the weaponization of Christianity that began in 1980 continues into today.
Richie Thorpe and his ragtag religious community bring a little peace and a lot of chaos to Suborney. Their arrival upends the relationship between Tommy Sandor and his mother, Connie, prompting a fallout that threatens the whole town.​

Midwest Connection: Of Fathers and Fire is the latest installment of the Flyover Fiction series. Books in this series actively engage–through plot, character, setting, or theme–with what it means to inhabit the Great Plains. Steven Wingate is an English professor at South Dakota State University. He lives in Brookings, South Dakota.

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The Line Tender Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735231603
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019

“Smart, heartbreaking, and beautifully-written, this is the kind of book that will be swimming in the back of your brain months after you read it.” —Lillian Tschudi-Campbell, The Red Balloon, St. Paul, MN

Heartbreaking but also filled with wit and hope, The Line Tender is the story of Lucy, the daughter of a marine biologist and a rescue diver, and the summer that changes her life. If she ever wants to lift the cloud of grief over her family and community, she must complete the research her late mother began. She must follow the sharks.

Midwest Connection: Kate Allen has lived in Minneapolis for over a decade. 

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When You Are Brave Cover Image
By Pat Zietlow Miller, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316392525
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

"Dazzling... For lovers of Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López's The Day You Begin (2018), a sweet lesson on how to glow from the inside out."
--Kirkus Reviews

Saying goodbye to neighbors. Worrying about new friends. Passing through a big city. Seeing a dark road ahead. In these moments, a young girl feels small and quiet and alone. But when she breathes deeply and looks inside herself, a hidden spark of courage appears, one she can nurture and grow until she glows inside and out. 

Midwest Connection: Pat Zietlow Miller lives in Wisconsin, and Eliza Wheeler lives in Minnesota.

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