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Recommend a book set in a specific (US) state!

I recently found a booklist titled: "The most famous book that takes place in every state". I thought about making it my personal challenge, especially as I've read a fair number of them. There are a few on the list I've no interest in reading (-Twilight-, for one) and thought Bookcrossers would be a great group to make our own "Best Book Set in My State" list.

I'd love to compile a full list of 51 books (including D.C.) , so please recommend one! (It doesn't have to be where you live now, or ever have lived. Just a book set in a specific state as opposed to an unnamed or totally fictional location.) I'll start with the ones from the list I found and edit/add as suggestions are made.

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
* "Their Eyes were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston (suggested)

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
* "The Amateur Marriage" 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 Ántonia" by Willa Cather
* "Dalva" by Jim Harrison (suggested)

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 Díaz

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 Picoult

South Carolina:
* "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd

South Dakota:
* "A Long Way From Home" by Tom Brokaw

Tennessee:
* "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 Patterson

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

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I recently found a booklist titled: "The most famous book that takes place in every state". I thought about making it my personal challenge, especially as I've read a fair number of them. There are a few on the list I've no interest in reading (-Twilight-, for one) and thought Bookcrossers would be a great group to make our own "Best Book Set in My State" list.

I'd love to compile a full list of 51 books (including D.C.) , so please recommend one! (It doesn't have to be where you live now, or ever have lived. Just a book set in a specific state as opposed to an unnamed or totally fictional location.) I'll start with the ones from the list I found and edit/add as suggestions are made.

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
* "Their Eyes were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston (suggested)

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
* "The Amateur Marriage" 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 Ántonia" by Willa Cather
* "Dalva" by Jim Harrison (suggested)

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 Díaz

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 Picoult

South Carolina:
* "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd

South Dakota:
* "A Long Way From Home" by Tom Brokaw

Tennessee:
* "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 Patterson

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
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It is set in my hometown of Baltimore, and what I really enjoyed about it most was recognising street names and local references.
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RE: Florida

I have heard good things about this one. The list gave "To Have and Have Not" by Hemingway, which I've also not read.
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I suppose this one is fairly obvious, but it is marvelous.

This was another one for which I participated in a read-along (though I'd read it before, more than once): http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/71058/ (Unfortunately, the links in that thread to the other threads don't work anymore.)
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RE: Alabama

Obvious, yes, but excellent. And the list agrees with you.
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Dalva by Jim Harrison (though it does include other places, too), or The Road Home.
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Maryland

Oh! I should look into that! I live down in NoVA, so don't know Baltimore all that well, but I'm sure I'd recognize something.
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...l just finished a book set in Sag Harbor, New York, that I liked quite a bit. I'll be counting it as my 2018 NY book for NancyNova's challenge.

Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman
read as an e-book

Single mother Maggie cleans houses in Manhattan for a living. Then her one-time friend & client Liza leaves Maggie a house in Sag Harbor - out of the city, and paid for. There's just one catch: the house comes complete with Liza's mother Edith, who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
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...l just finished a book set in Sag Harbor, New York, that I liked quite a bit. I'll be counting it as my 2018 NY book for NancyNova's challenge.

Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman
read as an e-book

Single mother Maggie cleans houses in Manhattan for a living. Then her one-time friend & client Liza leaves Maggie a house in Sag Harbor - out of the city, and paid for. There's just one catch: the house comes complete with Liza's mother Edith, who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.


I really liked that one - it made my "best book" list for 2017
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I've been running the States reading challenge for a few years. Here's the link to this year's parent thread - that has links to previous years and other resources http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/548437

For me, sometimes what other BCr's have read was more to my taste than the suggestions.

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Louisiana

"Interview with a Vampire" for Louisiana? That's nuts. If they want an Anne Rice book for that state, "Feast of All Saints" would be a far better choice.

But even better would be John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces", or anything by George Washington Cable, probably "The Grandissimes: a Story of Creole Life".
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or anything by George Washington Cable, probably "The Grandissimes: a Story of Creole Life".

Hmm...that one's at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/---/12280
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A group over on Goodreads has started a States challenge and I'm trying to pass on good recommendations.
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We have so many great authors! My favorite is T.R. Pearson - beginning with A Short History of a Small Place.
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Wyoming

Any of the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box. This is one of the best crime/thriller series out there!
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https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-united-states-of-books/

If you scroll down past the pictures, there's a "read down" list with multiple books for each state.

I've read 3 of the books listed for Hawaii (Hawaii, Under the Blood Red Sun, and Unfamiliar Fishes): they're quite different from each other, but each has things to recommend it.
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https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-united-states-of-books/

If you scroll down past the pictures, there's a "read down" list with multiple books for each state.

I've read 3 of the books listed for Hawaii (Hawaii, Under the Blood Red Sun, and Unfamiliar Fishes): they're quite different from each other, but each has things to recommend it.

Many thanks for yet another list! It might help with a few of my outstanding states that I have nothing for on the shelf.
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Arizona

Many of Zenna Henderson's short stories are set in Arizona. Most frequently in the White Mountains and the Tucson area. Sometimes in recognizable and named places, particularly those set in the White Mountains. Other times with AZ place names but in a different locale. Two books of her collected stories are:
The Anything Box
Holding Wonder
Also her more famous "People" stories center on a remote Arizona town. Though unnamed, I have always assumed it was the town of Greer.
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Many of Zenna Henderson's short stories are set in Arizona.


Oh, I *love* Henderson's work! Hadn't thought about the settings, but the books are well worth reading. Some of the copies I've released, fwiw:

Pilgrimage ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14610079/ )

The Anything Box ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/690445/ )

Holding Wonder ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5847621/ )

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