small towns

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

Rated by
Rachel C.
Friday, Jun 16, 2017

Sometimes you just need something wholesome and peaceful in your life. Welcome to Stardew Valley.

This simple little indie game that could has made its way from a Steam trial to major consoles. Your completely customizable character gives up on corporate life and goes to live on the farm inherited from your grandfather. You have absolute control over how you live your life from there.

Picture of a bed frame

Our Souls at Night

Kent Haruf
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016

In the opening sequence, Addie Moore, a 70 year old widow, invites her neighbor Louis, also a widower, to spend the night with her. She makes it clear from the beginning that it’s not about sex. “I’m talking about getting through the night. And lying warm in bed, companionably.” They proceed to do just that and stay up late talking in the dark. Their confessions are memorable and important and when Addie's grandson comes to stay with her for the summer some unforeseen complications arise.

Wildest Dreams

Robyn Carr
Rated by
Lisa J.
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015

Fourteen year old Charlie Simmons is enjoying the summer before starting at a new school in Thunder Point. His very protective mom, Lin Su, is working in Thunder Point as a home nurse for Winnie who has ALS. This is the best job Lin Su has had in a long time and it gives Charlie the opportunity to change schools and get away from the bullies that had been taunting him at his old school.

cars get baths too

The Bikini Car Wash

Pamela Morsi
Rated by
Amanda H.
Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015

Pamela Morsi used to write wonderful Americana romances in the 90s, and I’m glad to see that her humor and poignant understanding of human behavior is still very much in evidence with her shift to contemporaries. The Bikini Car Wash feels a lot like her older historicals because of the small town setting and the ensemble cast.

Home to Harmony

Philip Gulley
Rated by
Ellen W.
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014

Philip Gulley's Home to Harmony is the first book in the Harmony series in which Sam Gardner, Quaker Minister, has returned to his hometown of Harmony, Indiana to assume the pulpit. Gulley uses a folksy writing style to share the joys, frustrations, humor, and outrageous predicaments encountered in a small community church.

Shotgun Lovesongs

Nickolas Butler
Rated by
Colleen O.
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Shotgun Lovesongs​ revolves around Lee, Hank, Kip, and Ronny—four small-town friends in Little Wing, Michigan. They did everything together as kids and remained in each other's lives as adults, although they lead very different lives. Hank stays in Little Wing, marries his high school sweetheart, and takes over his family's farm. Ronny struggles with alcoholism, and an accident changes his life forever.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

If this book doesn't make you want to put your McMansion up for sale and load up your spoiled Johnson County children and head to Western Kansas for a slice of real life well I don't know what will. Yes, A Perfect Season is about high school football, some of the best in the state.

Monday, Mar 15, 2010

“I like Oxford. You can trust everyone in this town-from Highway 6 to the Interstate. But one think about Oxford is that if you’re and outsider, you don’t wanna cause any trouble. You mess with Oxford, you’re gonna have problems.” –Bob Lindley P. 42.

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Rated by
Erin H.
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010