Midwest Connections March Picks

From the Midwest Booksellers Association, Midwest Connections Picks for March. Under this marketing program, the association and member stores promote booksellers' handselling favorites that have a strong Midwest regional appeal.

What Are We Doing Here?: Essays by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27, 9780374282219). "Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels. In What Are We Doing Here?, her peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display in this new collection of essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes. This collection is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake American political and cultural life. Marilynne Robinson trains her incisive mind on our current political moment, offering fresh wisdom in an era of rampant political and cultural pessimism."

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616207977). "Award-winning, New York Times bestselling-author Kelly Barnhill weaves a stunning collection of short fictions, teeming with uncanny characters whose stories unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original. Barnhill's stories draw their power from startling metaphors, unforeseeable twists, and universal themes of love, death, jealousy, and hope."

The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel (Grand Central, $26, 9781455541119). "Widow Ilka Nichols Jensen's life in Copenhagen is rocked with the unexpected news that her estranged father has died in America. Furthermore, he's left her something in his will: his funeral home in Racine, Wisconsin. Hoping for closure and to settle her father's affairs, Ilka flies to Wisconsin. But once there, she stumbles upon an unsolved murder--and a killer who's very much alive."

A Problematic Paradox by Eliot Sappingfield (Putnam, $16.99, 9781524738457). "When Nikola Kross's inventor father is kidnapped by evil extraterrestrials, she's suddenly transported to a secret boarding school for scientific geniuses, a place where classes like Practical Quantum Mechanics are the norm, students commute via wormholes to class, and the student body isn't entirely human."

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