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The Used Worldby Haven KimmelWhat it’s about:Hazel Hunnicutt's Used World Emporium is a sprawling antique store that is "the station at the end of the line for objects that sometimes appeared tricked into visiting there." Hazel is in her sixties and it's a toss-up as to whether she's more attached to her mother or her cats.Similar to:Today Will Be Differentby Maria Semple,My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorryby Fredrik Backman, andThe Whole Town’s Talkingby Fannie FlaggHoosier Connection:Kimmel is a Hoosier native and is best known for the hilariousA Girl Named Zippy.Click here to place this item on hold!

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eatby Edward Kelsey MooreWhat it’s about:Follows three high school friends--dubbed "The Supremes"--as they weather life's highs and lows, but always gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl's diner in Plainview, IN, to talk it all out.Similar to:Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafeby Fannie Flagg,In West Millsby De’Shawn Charles Winslow, andThe Friendship Listby Susan MalleryHoosier Connection:Set in the fictional town of Plainview, Moore captures the feel of living and growing up in a small Indiana town, warts and all.Click here to place this item on hold!

A Dark and Stormy Murderby Julia BuckleyWhat it’s about:Camilla Graham's bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla's new assistant, she can't believe her luck. Not only will she help her idol craft an enchanting new mystery, she'll get to live rent-free in Camilla's gorgeous Gothic home in the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana. But Lena's fortune soon changes for the worse. First, she lands in the center of small-town gossip for befriending the local recluse. Then, she stumbles across one thing that a Camilla Graham novel is never without - a dead body, found on her new boss' lakefront property. Now Lena must take a page out of one of Camilla's books to hunt down the clues in a real crime that seems to be connected to the novelist's mysterious estate - before the killer writes them both out of the story for good...Similar to:Fiction Can Be Murderby Becky Clark,Crime and Punctuationby Kaitlyn Dunnett, andDeath on the Pageby Essie LangHoosier Connection:Blue Lake may be fictional, but Buckley really captured the feel of a small town in Northern Indiana, which is a nice change of pace from most books set in Southern Indiana or Indianapolis.Click here to place this item on hold!

Sleeping with Anemoneby Kate CollinsWhat it’s about:Maybe Abby Knight shouldn't have chosen a home and garden show sponsored by Uniworld Food as the venue for her protest against the corporation's harmful farming practices. But being bodily removed from the event won't stop her campaign. Nor will a burning brick thrown through her flower shop's window. After she narrowly escapes being kidnapped three times, Abby calls in the big guns-her ex-Ranger boyfriend Marco and her friends and family. And then the stakes are raised by murder...Similar to:Die Me a Riverby Denise Swanson,Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakeby Sarah Graves, andCat Got Your Diamondsby Julie ChaseHoosier Connection:Collins is an Indiana native (and Purdue alumna) and this series is set in the town of New Chapel, Indiana. A double shot of Hoosier connections!Click here to place this item on hold!

Tornado Weatherby Deborah E. KennedyWhat it’s about:Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez's father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn't, and Daisy disappears. When Daisy goes missing, nearly everyone in town suspects or knows something different about what happened. By turns unsettling, dark, and wry, Kennedy's powerful voice brings the town's rich fabric to life. Tornado Weather is an affecting portrait of a complex and flawed cast of characters striving to find fulfillment in their lives--and Kennedy brilliantly shows that there is nothing average about an average life.Similar to:Anything is Possibleby Elizabeth Strout,Claire of the Sea Lightby Edwidge Danticat, andWhere the Crawdads Singby Delia OwensHoosier Connection:Deborah Elaine Kennedy is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and despite having relocated to Oregon, she still lists herself on her website as a proud Hoosier.Click here to place this item on hold!

Forgotten Tales of Indianaby Keven McQueenWhat it’s about:Author Keven McQueen recalls a time when skunk farms, which allegedly produced a cure for rheumatism, were speckled throughout the countryside and a miserable woman tied her husband to a fence post, coated him with salt and intended to let the cows lick him to death. Meet the King of the Ghouls, an accomplished grave robber and notorious murderer, and a man so convinced he was an ox that he often joined neighborhood cattle for a bite of grass, and discover ghosts, monsters, giant skeletons and more in this collection of outlandish tales from the Hoosier State.Similar to:Hoosier Tales and Proverbsby John S. Blue,Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legendsby Jan Harold Brunvand, andBack in Those Days: Reminiscences and Stories of Indianaby Carol BurkeHoosier Connection:It’s all about folktales and legends of Indiana. What more could you ask for?Click here to place this item on hold!

Grilled for Murderby Maddie DayWhat it’s about:In the charming small town of South Lick, Indiana, Robbie has transformed a rundown country store into the runaway hit Pans 'N Pancakes. But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble. Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsome local lawyer Jim Shermer's brother, but she doesn't appear to be in mourning. At a homecoming party held in Robbie's store, Erica is alternately obnoxious and flirtatious--even batting her eyelashes at Jim. When Erica turns up dead in the store the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie's friend Phil, who closed up after the party. To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order…Similar to:Tart of Darknessby Denise Swanson,Sticks & Sconesby Diane Mott Davidson, andHummus and Homicideby Tina KashianHoosier Connection:This entire series takes place in Brown County, Indiana, references to Nashville and Bloomington galore! Also, Maddie Day is a proud alumna of Indiana University.Click here to place this item on hold!

All These Beautiful Strangersby Elizabeth KlehfothWhat it’s about:One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family's lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions. Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood's "it" crowd. Charlie has also been tapped by the A's-the school's elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A's, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood. As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.Similar to:Good Girls Lieby J.T. Ellison,Dark Placesby Gillian Flynn, andDare Meby Megan AbbottHoosier Connection:Another Indiana University alumna! Klehfoth also grew up in Elkhart.Click here to place this item on hold!

Bonfireby Krysten RitterWhat it’s about:It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away the traces of her small-town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of the city's most eligible one-night stands. But when a high-profile case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created beings to crack.Similar to:Cemetery Roadby Greg Iles,Love You Moreby Lisa Gardner, andThick as Thievesby Sandra BrownHoosier Connection:Most of the action takes place in a fictional town in Indiana. And even though the town is fictional, a lot of it resonates with those of us from Indiana--good and bad.Click here to place this item on hold!

The Evening Roadby Laird HuntWhat it’s about:In the summer of 1920 in small-town Indiana, two women--beautiful Ottie Lee Henshaw and Calla Destry, a young black woman--cross paths and they soon move through an America plagued by fear and hatred, determined to flee the secrets they have left behind.Similar to:The Vanishing Halfby Brit Bennett,Rubyby Cynthia Bond, andLady in the Lakeby Laura LippmanHoosier Connection:Hunt grew up in rural Indiana and received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. This book also paints a vivid portrait of small towns in 1920s Indiana - and all of the baggage that comes with it.Click here to place this item on hold!

Our Wayward Fateby Gloria ChaoWhat it’s about:The only Asian person at her school in Plainhart, Indiana, Ali Chu ignores the clueless racism from her classmates and teachers. When Chase Yu's family arrives in town, Ali tries to ignore the 'they belong together' whispers, but they develop a friendship rooted in competitive martial arts, joking in two languages, and, most importantly, pushing back against the discrimination they face. When Ali's mom forces her to end the friendship, she uncovers secrets about her family and Chase that force her to question everything she thought she knew about life, love, and her unknowable future.Similar to:Eleanor and Parkby Rainbow Rowell,What If It’s Usby Becky Albertalli, andSaint Anythingby Sarah DessenHoosier Connection:Another Hoosier writer! Chao lives near Lake Michigan and spends a lot of time hiking the Indiana Dunes. Plus, this story takes place in Indiana!Click here to place this item on hold!

Positiveby Paige RawlWhat it’s about:This beautiful memoir is about activist Paige Rawl’s experience growing up with AIDS. Rawl was HIV+ at birth and despite bullying, ignorance, and fear, she never lost her optimistic spirit. Now as an adult, she strives to be a positive force in the world.Similar to:Being Jazzby Jazz Jennings,I Have the Right toby Chessy Prout, andAna’s Storyby Jenna Bush HagerHoosier Connection:Paige Rawl is a proud Hoosier and graduate of Lawrence Central High School!Click here to place this item on hold!

The Making of Hoosiersby Gayle L. JohnsonWhat it’s about:This book takes you on the journey that was the making ofHoosiers, as experienced by the filmmakers, actors, crew members, and extras. The book concludes by examining why the movie still scores with audiences young and old so many years after its release.Similar to:As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes,Hoosiers in Hollywoodby David L. Smith, andFat, Drunk, and Stupid: The Inside Story Behind the Making of Animal Houseby Matty Simmons.Hoosier Connection:An inside look at the making of one of the quintessential movies about Indiana.Click here to place this item on hold!

Stars in the Honeyby Kelsey CantrellWhat it’s about:Seren's mind is filled with honey - a sickeningly sweet reminder of her mother who broke apart their family seven years ago. Now, Seren's only hope for a happy future is to get the hell out of her hometown and leave the memories behind. But after her first escape plan is botched, Seren spirals into a mindset from which she may never recover, until her best friend, Elena, suggests a new plan involving a summer road trip and an up-and-coming band.Similar to:Paper Townsby John Green,The Summer of Broken Thingsby Margaret Peterson Haddix, andHe Started Itby Samantha DowningHoosier Connection:Kelsey not only is an Indiana author, but she’s also an employee at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library! This is her debut novel.Click here to place this item on hold!

Alice Adamsby Booth TarkingtonWhat it’s about:Alice is the daughter of middle class parents and desperately wants to be a part of “high society” in her town. Set during a time of great change in America (the 1920s), Alice believes her dreams of upward mobility are possible. Then tragedy strikes. It’s only Alice’s formidable spirit that keeps her going.Similar to:Someoneby Alice McDermott,Old Schoolby Tobias Wolff, andFortune’s Rocksby Anita ShreveHoosier Connection:Booth Tarkington is one of Indiana’s most famous authors andAlice Adamswas one of three titles that won him a Pulitzer Prize!Click here to place this item on hold!

Blame It on Parisby Jennifer GreeneWhat it’s about:Kelly Richards is determined to have one last adventure before settling down to married life. Still, being mugged at the Louvre is not what she had in mind for her long-awaited trip to Paris, until Will Maguire comes to her aid, and she finds herself completely distracted by the handsome stranger in the Notre Dame sweatshirt. Kelly can't seem to resist the world's most romantic city or Will, who is determined to show her all its treasures from the top of the Eiffel Tower to strolls along the Seine. But will their love last when they're back in plain old South Bend, Indiana, or will they end up blaming their breathless fling on the city of love?Similar to:Much Ado about Youby Samantha Young,The Last Time I Saw Parisby Elizabeth Adler, andNights of Rain and Starsby Maeve BinchyHoosier Connection:Our heroine, Kelly, lives in South Bend and you can tell that Jennifer Greene is quite familiar with northern Indiana.Click here to place this title on hold!