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- Midwest Connection: The book is set in the fictional town of Crete, a fictitious Midwestern town that plays host to “The Seminars,” a fictionalized Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Lucy Ives attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
- Shelf-talker: A modern Cyrano de Bergerac about two idiots who scam their way into a fellowship at the most prestigious creative writing program in the country
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A tale of two idiots—the handsome, charismatic Troy Augustus Loudermilk and his unassuming, socially anxious friend Harry Rego—who, in the early days of the new millennium, scam their way into a fellowship at the most prestigious creative writing program in the country.
"Ives' satirical masterpiece follows poet Troy Augustus Loudermilk, a shallow Adonis recently admitted to the nation’s premiere creative-writing graduate program, located in the heart of America’s starchy middle . . . Laugh-out-loud funny and rife with keen cultural observations, Ives’ tale is a gloriously satisfying critique of education and creativity." ––Booklist (starred review)
"The nuanced subversion of tropes and full-throttle self-indulgence of Ives’s writing lend a manic glee to this slyly funny and deeply intelligent novel." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Anyone with experience with or interest in higher education, the art world, the literary world, social satires, scammer stories, etc. Can be read and enjoyed on multiple levels: a fun scam story, a critique of higher ed institutions
Lucy Ives is the author of the novel Impossible Views of the World. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, the Baffler, frieze, Granta, Lapham's Quarterly, Vogue, and at newyorker.com. She is the recipient of a 2018 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.
- Midwest Connection: Deb Shapiro lives in Chicago IL
- Shelf-talker: A moody, psychological page-turner about the unexpected friendship (or something more...) between two women at different places in their lives, set at an abandoned summer camp.
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On the verge of her fortieth birthday, and shaken by a recent miscarriage, Emily inherits an abandoned summer camp in Massachusetts and discovers a magnetic young woman living undetected in a cabin whose presence will force her to question everything she thought she knew.
Smart book club fiction, 25 - 55, women’s fiction
“Shapiro’s prose is elegant, effortless, but it’s her characters that will keep you up late into the night, hoping you can save them.”
—Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter
"Perfectly renders the arc of a summer affair." --Publishers Weekly
Deborah Shapiro was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sight Unseen, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago.
- Midwest Connection: J.F. Riordan grew up in Wisconsin. Although her early career took her to Europe, she returned to the Midwest by choice. She lives there because she loves the culture of humility, hard work, and decency. All of her books are an expression of that love, but this one is, perhaps, the most personal. Ms. Riordan has written three award-winning novels in the North of the Tension Line series thus far, all set on Washington Island, Wisconsin: North of the Tension Line, The Audacity of Goats, and Robert’s Rules. The fourth book in the series, A Small Earnest Question, is due out in May 2020.
- Shelf-talker: Perfect for escaping from today’s political wars. Reflections has special appeal for dog and nature lovers, and for those seeking reflection, peace, and humor.
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Written in lyrical prose, Reflections on a Life in Exile captures and magnifies the passing beauty of the ordinary and the extraordinary that lingers near the surface of daily life. Although not about dogs, the book is permeated with dog stories, a love of nature, and an almost mystical sense of wonder
Reflections on a Life in Exile is a book that is easy to pick up for a quick dip in the morning or evening, but also holds up to a lovely afternoon in an adirondack chair soaking up the sun along with the reflections...This gentle volume encourages us to listen with a bit more open curiosity to the words of strangers and reminds us that we all belong to a culture of kindness if we only watch for it.”
—Deb Wayman, Fair Isle Books, Washington Island, WI
“Riordan’s Reflections On A Life in Exile is so warm, passionate, deeply felt, and beautiful that she makes every topic vital to the reader.”
—Webb Hubbell, author of the Jack Patterson Thriller Series
Men and women; over thirty. Dog lovers; nature lovers; people of faith; those struggling with personal loss; those searching for kindness and beauty in a world filled with rage-tweeting. Readers of Bill Bryson; Garrison Keillor; Anne Lamott; Anna Quindlen; Jan Karon; Alexander McCall Smith; Miss Read; Frederick Buechne
J. F. Riordan has worked in opera, teaching, and philanthropy, but her first love is writing. The author of the award-winning North of the Tension Line series of novels, she lives in exile from Washington Island with her husband and three dogs.
The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair
Fiction by Amy Makechnie
Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster
June 4, 2019
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- Midwest Connection: Author Amy Makechnie grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and the book takes place in Crowe, Iowa.
- 1) The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair is a debut middle grade where the voice of Eloise meets the deep tenderness of The Thing About Jellyfish.
2) When ten year-old Guinevere sets out to find their missing next-door-neighbor, she doesn’t expect that every new lead will bring her back to the mother she’s been trying to forget.
3) In this big-hearted middle grade debut, ten-year-old wannabe lawyer Guinevere is determined to prove her next-door arch nemesis Gaysie is behind a strange disappearance, but every new lead brings her back to the mother she’s been trying her best to forget.
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Guinevere St. Clair is a lawyer, the fastest girl in NYC, an expert on the human brain, and, now that her family’s moved to her parents’ hometown of Crowe, Iowa— in hopes of curing her mother’s memory loss— she wants to ride into her first day of school on a cow named Willowdale Princess Deon Dawn. Since Gwyn was four, her mother hasn’t been able to remember anything—not even that she has two daughters. While Gwyn’s obsesses over helping her, Gwyn focuses on problems within her reach. Like proving their strange neighbor, Gaysie Cutter is behind her only friend’s disappearance. Soon, Gwyn’s quest to crack the case leads her to people and places she never expected, including one person she’s been running from.
Contemporary middle grade fiction, ages 8 to 12
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Amy Makechnie grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where she once tried to sail to the Mississippi River on a large piece of Styrofoam (she didn’t make it.) Amy nurtures her fascination with the brain and human body by teaching anatomy and physiology to high school students in Andover, NH. She is the mother to a wily flock of four children, all who provide daily inspiration for writing. You can find her blogging about them at maisymak.com.
“100 percent unforgettable.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Part mystery, part study of the human heart, and one pierced with rays of hope.” —Booklist (starred review)
“A big-hearted adventure about coming home.” —Publishers Weekly
1) "The smart dialogue and flowing description...highlights the eccentric, yet wholly believable characters. This is part mystery, part study of the human heart, and one pierced with rays of hope. Everyone here, adults and children, have lessons they need to learn, and first-time novelist Makechnie offers them those paths, in startling ways." – Booklist, starred review
2) "If Scout Finch had had a sister, she would be future ‘world-famous lawyer’ Guinevere St. Clair....With the same nostalgia-tinged humor asDead End in Norvelt and A Long Way from Chicago, Makechnie's debut will have readers in stitches. Gwyn's voice is distinct and likable, carrying readers through the eventful narrative with ease. Guinevere St. Clair is indeed 100 percent unforgettable." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
3) "Spirited and layered...Makechnie's novel is a big-hearted adventure about coming home.” – Publisher’s Weekly
4) "The underlying mystery keeps the pages turning...A promising debut." – School Library Journal
5) "Author Amy Makechnie’s debut novel is rich and complex, filled with extraordinary characters and gorgeous writing. This is a book that will challenge young readers to examine their own thinking about many things and to open their hearts and minds to those who are different from them. There is a lot of truth and honesty about the important things in life in this lovely book. It deserves readership well beyond its targeted middle-grade audience." – The San Francisco Book Review