Midwest Connections Picks

Midwest Connection Picks for March Northern Lights, Nothing Is Scary about Harry, Finding Dorothy, The Raven Tower, a dark look at the North, a children’s books about a blankie, a back story for Wizard of Oz about the Baum family, and a Y/A fantasy.


 Picks for February: We’re All in This Together:.Like all families, the Parkers of Thunder Bay have had their share of complications. Set over the course of four calamitous days that culminate in a road trip to Duluth, Minnesota, Amy Jones’s big-hearted, bestselling novel follows the Parkers as catastrophe forces them to do something they never thought possible–act like a family.​

The Current: In the dead of winter, state troopers pull two young women from the Black Root River—one dead, one alive. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them.​

Women Rowing North: Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss, but their struggles can help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be. Drawing on her own experiences, Mary Pipher explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face.​

When these ducks go to the pond, it is Bim, Bam, Bop . . . and Oona, always last. Spunky Oona will inspire and delight all who see her final triumphant creation. It’s a tale about being true to yourself, building confidence, and finding friendship.


Midwest Connections Picks for January: We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival  by Jabari Asim gives us essays about black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism.  Asim has also written a number of children’s books, e. g. Whose Toes Are Those.

Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich     —     Poignant portrayals of life on the edge in northern Minnesota border country, weaving in and out of each other’s reach, trying hard to do their best, the residents of this remote town in all their sweetness and sorrow remind us once more of the inescapable lurches of the heart and unexpected turns of our human comedy.

Limetown by Cote Smith — From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared, with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

Speechless by Adam Smith How do you give a eulogy when you can’t think of one good thing to say? As 13-year-old Jimmy learns from his mother that he has to say a few words at his cousin’s funeral the next day, he attempts to navigate the odd social norms of a wake while racking his memory for decent memory to share. A poignant, funny, and candid look at grief, family secrets, difficult people, and learning to look behind the facade.