Fiction of the Southwest

The American Southwest stretches across arid deserts, void of signs of human life. It is scenic canyons that cut through red rocks, natural showstoppers in some of our county’s most breathtaking parks. The diversity of the region’s people and fascinating history continue to evolve today, and the fiction selections of this region highlight the merging of past and present while telling the stories of its people. Oklahoma The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck A Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joad family and their migration to California from the Dust Bowl during…
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Fiction of the Rocky Mountain States

The majestic snow-peaked Rocky Mountains and rugged natural beauty of the six states that form this region provide the perfect backdrop for stories of growth, survival, and the most memorable times of our lives. Here are our picks for fiction of the Rocky Mountain States: Montana Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson When social worker Pete Snow attempts to help a nearly feral boy he discovers in the Montana wilderness, he must confront the boy’s disturbed father, a survivalist who is preparing for the coming End Times. As Snow works to gain the trust of the boy’s father, the…
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Fiction of the Midwest (part 2)

Let’s continue exploring fiction of the American Midwest, where the waving wheat fields of the Plains catch the golden afternoon sunlight, the rugged beauty of the quiet Dakotas beckons those who yearn to rest with nature, and the lakes that dot the landscape of Minnesota call for lazy summer days perched on their docks. For the first part of this region’s recommended reading list, we visited Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Minnesota Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy First in a series and penned by a mother/daughter writing duo, Monkeewrench introduces readers to software company Monkeewrench, which has created a computer…
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Fiction of the Midwest

The Midwest is America’s heartland. It’s where farming and industry meet and large commercial cities sprawl into rural towns.  It’s the Great Lakes, picturesque colleges and universities, and the wonder of the four changing seasons. To continue our reading road trip, let’s journey to several of the states in the Midwest: Ohio – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng The picture-perfect Richardson family resides in tranquil, progressive Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. When Mia Warren, artist and single mother, moves into the Richardson’s rental with her daughter, the family finds themselves drawn to the enigmatic pair. As friends of…
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Florida Mystery Series

Lounging on the beach in the warm sunshine calls for an engrossing page-turner. Starting a fast-paced Florida mystery series is the perfect way to spend a day near the ocean. Famed Floridians Carl Hiassen and Jeff Lindsay have both created unique characters and plots that distinguish them from other authors of the mystery genre. Carl Hiassen Carl Hiassen, one of Florida’s most notable authors, is known for his quirky Florida “eco crime” stories. A graduate of the University of Florida and former assignment writer for the Miami Herald, Hiassen now devotes his time to penning (primarily) mystery novels that take…
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