The Best Books Based in Every State

alex atkins bookshelf booksEver wanted to tour the entire United States through novels? Well, you’re in luck. The editors of Travel & Leisure put together a list of the best books base in every state, including Washington, D.C. For bibliophiles, it is certainly an interesting idea for building a collection of famous novels that are based in every state. As with any list of novels, there is bound to be some debate about whether the editors’ selection for a particular state is actually the “best” book; however, you be the judge:

Alabama: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Alaska: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Arizona: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck
Arkansas: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
California: Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
Colorado: The Shining by Stephen King
Connecticut: White Fur by Jardine Libaire
Delaware: A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin by Karen Hesse
Florida: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Georgia: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Hawaii: The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Idaho: The Sheep Queen by Emma Russell Sweringen
Illinois: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Indiana: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Iowa: The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Walker
Kansas: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Kentucky: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Louisiana: The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Maine: The Cider House Rules by John Irving
Maryland: The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Massachusetts: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Michigan: Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Minnesota: On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Mississippi: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Missouri: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Montana: A River Runs Through It  by Norman Maclean
Nebraska: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Nevada: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
New Hampshire: Frindle by Andrew Clements
New Jersey: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
New Mexico: The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
New York: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
North Carolina: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
North Dakota: Beyond the Bedroom Wall by Larry Woiwode
Ohio: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Oklahoma: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Oregon: The Jump-Off Creek by Lydia Sanderson
Pennsylvania: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Rhode Island: The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
South Carolina: The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
South Dakota: The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber
Tennessee: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Texas: Holes by Louis Sachar
Utah: The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
Vermont: All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg
Virginia: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Washington: Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson
Washington, D.C.: Lost In The City by Edward Jones
West Virginia: The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Wisconsin: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Wyoming: Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

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