Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Outlaws, airstream trailers, and cinnamon rolls--this book is a fairytale and a fable, or a lantern on a dark night. Read this once and read it again before passing it on to a friend.
The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang
A riff on The Brothers Karamazov, Chang sets her story in a family-owned Chinese restaurant in Wisconsin, where the hot-headed patriarch is found dead, and one of his three sons may be the cause. Chang tells a story of family, loyalty, and who can lay claim to the American Dream.
The Unwritten Book by Samantha Hunt
Novelist Hunt explores language, wonder, and grief as she considers her own work, her upbringing, and the novel her father didn't finish writing before his death. This is a slow, strange meditation--read with a pen in hand--you'll find what you need in these pages.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
An immersive comfort read, a rom-com ensemble cast of characters to love, a book club favorite, a gem to read again and again.
I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home by Jami Attenberg
This is the memoir of an artist, of a woman making her own way in the world--it's funny and comforting as a chat with a friend. (You may also know Attenberg as the creator of the online writing project 1000 WORDS OF SUMMER.)
Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott
A story within a story within a story--a dreamy, strange fable of pickpocketing, train-hopping, puppet theaters, and a house on chicken legs. A brilliant, darkly stirring read.
Small Game by Blair Braverman
Five contestants must survive six weeks in the wilderness for a cash prize, but when the crew members sent to film them start to disappear, these survivors realize the game may not be as simple as it seems. An adventure thriller from Iditarod sledder Braverman.
The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken
Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny
New-in-town Jane falls for serial-seducer Duncan, and she's pulled into the social center of the town, for good and for ill. Humorous escapism in small town Michigan. A gentle gem for hard times.