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This month's Midwest Connection Picks

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Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians, and the Weird in Flyover Country

B.J. Hollars

Midwestern Strange chronicles B.J. Hollars’ exploration of the mythic, lesser-known oddities of flyover country, from bipedal wolf sightings to run-ins with pancake-flipping space aliens. The goal is not to confirm or debunk these mysteries but to seek out these unexplained phenomena to understand how they complicate our worldview and to discover what “truths” might be gleaned by reexamining the facts in our “post-truth” era.

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The Topeka School
Ben Lerner

From the award-winning author of 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station, a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New Right. 

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We Speak in Storms
Natalie Lund

It's been more than 50 years since a tornado tore through tiny Mercer, Illinois, leaving a whole generation of Mercerites dead in its wake. And when another tornado touches down in the same spot on the anniversary of this tragedy, loners Brenna Ortiz, Joshua Calloway, and Callie Keller find their lives intersecting alongside some of the town’s long-gone inhabitants.​.


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A Map into the World
Kao Kalia Yang, Illustrated by Seo Kim

As the seasons change, so too does a young Hmong American girl's world. She moves into a new home with her family and encounters both birth and death. This moving picture book debut from acclaimed Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang celebrates connections formed through art and friendship.​

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