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Often considered flyover country, the Midwest is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. From the natural beauty and Native American history found along the Great Lakes and across the rolling plains to Chicago, America's “third coast,” this region offers something for everyone. 

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – Midwest
Upcoming Events
Fall is one of our favorite seasons, filled with bright colors, crisp air, pumpkin lattes, perfect curl-up-with-a-book reading weather and plenty of literary events. Join us! We'll be at the Midwest Independent Booksellers' Association's Heartland Fall Forum in Chicago October 10 and 11, browsing publisher booths for the best new travel books. Then on Saturday, October 17th, we'll be showcasing some of our favorite finds at the Twin Cities Book Festival. Local readers, stop by our booth to say hello and get reading advice for your next trip! Twin Cities Book Festival Saturday Oct.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
If director Wes Anderson and food writer M.F.K. Fisher joined forces to produce a novel, it would probably look something like the quirky Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. Set in various towns across the Midwest, the novel follows the life of Eva Thorvald, an orphan who becomes one of the top chefs in the country. A worthwhile protagonist, Eva is fresh, sweet and bubbly without being cloying and also possesses an amazing natural palate and enviable culinary prowess. Readers spend the majority of the uniquely structured novel learning about Eva from the people who pass through her life, including a proud Scandinavian father, a jilted high school boyfriend and a jealous competitor.