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Midwest Connection: Chloe Benjamin received her MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin.
She now lives in Madison with her husband.
She now lives in Madison with her husband.
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a “great new talent.”
A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.
"Finding the words to describe how deeply moving this story is is beyond me. Beautiful prose, amazingly wonderful characters, and a narrative with the perfect mix of tension and tenderness. I absolutely loved it!" —Randy Schiller, Left Bank Books
“I read it last month and haven't stopped thinking about it. I need to talk about this book! This is a perfect book to spur amazing bookclub discussion.” —Nancy Baenen, Arcadia Books
“2018’s First Must-Read.” --Entertainment Weekly
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Chloe Benjamin is the author of the novel The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an MFA in fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in The Millions, PANK, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
Midwest Connection: Midwest native Norman Borlaug is one of the two remarkable scientists that serve as central figures for this book.
The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World
by Charles C. Mann
Knopf/Penguin Random House
January 23, 2018
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When it comes to the environment, two scientists shaped our world view—and very few people have ever even heard of them. Award-winning historian Charles C. Mann takes on one of the most important questions of our time, drawing on history for context and laying a path for what’s to come.
“Mann’s most spectacular accomplishment is to take no sides. Readers will thrill to the wizards’ astounding advances and believe the prophets’ gloomy forecasts. An insightful, highly significant account that makes no predictions but lays out the critical environmental problems already upon us.” --Kirkus starred review
Charles C. Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, has also written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, as well as the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.
Midwest Connection: The main character of the novel lives in Hannibal, Missouri. Author Laura Moriarty lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim Americans are a reality. This is the world of fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams of Hannibal, Missouri. When Sarah-Mary meets a Muslim fugitive determined to reach freedom, the two set off on a desperate journey, hitchhiking through the heart of an America.
“[An] emotionally intense exploration of extremist “patriotic” ideology, the dangers of brainwashing and blind spots, and some of the components of our nation’s social fabric that threaten to destroy us.” --Kirkus Reviews
“An effective tale of dawning awareness and the risks and rewards of following one’s conscience.” --Publishers Weekly
Laura Moriarty is the New York Times bestselling author of The Chaperone. She received her degree in social work before getting her MA in creative writing, and she was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kansas.
Midwest Connection: Author Joseph Kuefler lives and works outside of the Twin Cities in Hugo, Minnesota.
From the author-artist of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground comes a breathtaking new book with a powerful message about the environment—about a lonely digger in an industrial world who finds a flower, an encounter that ends up changing his whole world. This beautifully spare story has a powerful message of friendship and environmentalism.
“Kuefler imbues the text with the heart and soul of the best storytime fare. One couldn’t hope for a better tale of rebirth and regeneration.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The image of the clunky piece of construction equipment tenderly caring for the fragile plant gives the story charm, and so do its strong, simple images.” --Publishers Weekly