Christmas Reading Recommendations from Author, Craig Hart: Midwestern Books

Another holiday reading list, this time from author CRAIG HART, whom we've interviewed here. I'll let Craig take it from here.


The American Midwest has a rich literary history often overlooked in favor of other regions. These books are set in the Midwest. I hope they'll what your appetite.


Gilead by Marilynne Robinson


Set in Iowa, Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel examines faith,  relationships—in particular those between fathers and sons—and reconciliation. It captures the flavor of the Midwest during the first half of the 20th century.





Peace Like a River by Leif Enger


The story of eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. The Detroit Free Press’s Marta Salij says this book “restores readers' faith in the kindness of stories.” It is a book heavy with nostalgia that may cause your eyes to water just a little.






Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides



A coming of age tale set largely in Detroit, Michigan, Middlesex tells the story of Cal Stephanides, an intersex man of Greek descent. Won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002.






Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson


A collection of interconnected stories centered on the life of George Willard, from childhood to his time as a young adult. It depicts the loneliness and isolation of small town living like few novels of its time, while simultaneously breaking new ground in terms of literary style.

Note: You can find a Kindle illustrated edition of this classic for .99 Buy it on Amazon






(And last, but not least)


Becoming Moon by Craig A. Hart


A coming of age story of a Michigan boy caught between his desire to pursue a writing career and the strict discipline of a highly religious family.

Buy it here
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