Famous Books Set in Every State

atkins-bookshelf-booksQuick — what is the capital of Texas? That’s right, Austin. What is the state’s nickname? Yup, “The Lone Star State.” OK, those are relatively easy. Try this one: what famous novel is set in Texas? That question is at the heart of an article titled “The Most Famous Book Set in Every State” by Melia Robinson and Melissa Stanger writing for the Business Insider (who knew the business world was so interested in literature?) Any literary list, of course, is an immediate invitation to spirited debate — especially when the standard is that slippery little word “famous.” It didn’t take long for bibliophiles and avid readers to take issue with some of the selections. In particular, they didn’t care for literary lightweights like Nicholas Sparks or Dan Brown as well as kiddie authors, like Phyllis Naylor and Laura Ingalls Wilder, to be included in a list with such luminaries like John Steinbeck and Mark Twain. And what’s up with including Tom Brokaw? Really? To set the record straight, readers submitted more deserving famous novels that appear below the original list. Let the interstate literary battles begin…

Alabama: “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Alaska: “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer
Arizona: “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver
Arkansas: “A Painted House” by John Grisham
California: “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck
Colorado: “The Shining” by Stephen King
Connecticut: “Revolutionary Road” by Richard Yates
Delaware: “The Saint of Lost Things” by Christopher Castellani
Florida: “To Have and Have Not” by Ernest Hemingway
Georgia: “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell
Hawaii: “Hawaii” by James Michener
Idaho: “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson
Illinois: “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair
Indiana: “The Magnificent Ambersons” by Booth Tarkington
Iowa: “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley
Kansas: “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum
Kentucky: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Louisiana: “Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice
Maine: “Carrie” by Stephen King
Maryland: “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” by Anne Tyler
Massachusetts: “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau
Michigan: “The Virgin Suicides” by Jeffrey Eugenides
Minnesota: “Main Street” by Sinclair Lewis
Mississippi: “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner
Missouri: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain
Montana: “A River Runs Through It” by Norman Maclean
Nebraska: “My Antonia” by Willa Cather
Nevada: “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson
New Hampshire: “The Hotel New Hampshire” by John Irving
New Jersey: “Drown” by Junot Diaz
New Mexico: “Red Sky at Morning” by Richard Bradford
New York: “The Great Gatsby” by F.Scott Fitzgerald
North Carolina: “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks
North Dakota: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich
Ohio: “The Broom of the System” by David Foster Wallace
Oklahoma: “Paradise” by Toni Morrison
Oregon: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey
Pennsylvania: “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold
Rhode Island: “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi PicouIt
South Carolina: “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
South Dakota: “A Long Way From Home” by Tom Brokaw
Tennessee: “The Firm” and “The Client” by John Grisham
Texas: “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy
Utah: “The 19th Wife” by David Ebershoff
Vermont: “Pollyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter
Virginia: “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson
Washington: “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer
Washington, D.C.: “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown
West Virginia: “Shiloh” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Wisconsin: “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Wyoming: “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman

Suggested by readers:
Arkansas: “True Grit” by Charles Portis
Idaho: “The Angle of Repose” by Wallace Stegner
Indiana: “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” by Kurt Vonnegut
Massachusetts: “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace; “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne; “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller
New Mexico: “The Milagro Beanfield War” by John Treadwell Nichols
New York: “Bonfire of the Vanities” by Thomas Wolfe; “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving; “Ironweed” by William Kennedy
North Carolina: “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier; “Look Homeward, Angel” by Thomas Wolfe
Ohio: “Winesburg, Ohio” by Sherwood Anderson
Pennsylvania: “Rabbit, Run” by John Updike
Oregon: “Sometimes a Great Notion” by Ken Kesey
South Carolina: “The Prince of Tides” by Pat Conroy
South Dakota: “Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie” by Ole Edvart Rolvaag
Texas: “Texas” by James A. Michener; “Lonesome Dove: A Novel” by Larry McMurtry
Virginia: “Pale Fire” by Vladimir Nabokov
Washington: “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson
Washington, D.C.: “Washington, D.C.: A Novel” by Gore Vidal; “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady
West Virginia: “Rocket Boys” by Homer Hickam, Jr.
Wisconsin: “A Map of the World” by Jane Hamilton

Read related posts: Why Read Dickens?
The Power of Literature
The Benefits of Reading
50 Books That Will Change Your Life
The Books that Shaped America
Why Study Literature?

For further reading: www.businessinsider.com/most-famous-book-set-in-every-state-2013-10?op=1

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