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Thought I might try to do a book set in each of the 50 states this year.

Anybody want to join me?

Edit: meant to say, suggestions/recommendations welcome!


But I haven't got any ideas at the moment...



I don't think any of us finished it -- finding a book set exclusively in one state was surprisingly tough. And nobody could find anything they wanted to read for Delaware! I think I ended up reading a guide to the DuPont family estate or some such. The best part of the challenge was the side plan where we made a recipe from each state as we read the book from that state.

Best of luck, hyphen8. I'm already overbooked with challenges for 2009, or I'd join.


I don't want this to be too hard, so I'm going to say they don't need to be set *exclusively* in one state, just primarily.

In other words, if the characters are in Louisiana and during the story they take a trip to Alabama, that's ok, as long as most of the action takes place in Louisiana. :)


Bill McKibben's short book "Wandering Home" - a journey by foot covering Vermont and upstate New York, that should knock off Vermont for the list.


I started this challegen two years ago. and yes the receipes were fun.

It did take me 2 years to finsihed as I had to read other books for classes I was taking.

If someone were to go through my books they should be able to find the names of books set in the various different states.

Good luck and enjoy. I learned alot about the various states and meet some great BCers who I have on my friends list.



I'm doing a challenge for a yahoo group and it was suggested that we keep track of the states we visited as part of it so I was excited to see that you are doing it here as well!

Thus far I have read books that take place in 24 states and the District of Columbia. I haven't kept track of which books, just the states.


so you can troll through this thread in search of titles for the states you're missing. :)


Thanks Hypen8, I'll do that.


"McGowan's Retreat by Rob Smith starts (and is concerned with the goings on) in Elkhorn, South Dakota! It eventually moves to Ohio, but if that would count, let me know and I could probably get you a copy for your 50 state challenge. Personally, I love the book. Let me know!


I started that one and yes I did finish them all. The receipes were great fun. I am still exploring receipes from bed and breakfasts from each of the states. My cooking time is quite limited.


(Editing to add links)

I know of lots, but these are the ones that are on my bookshelf (almost all have been released, but at least they'll be something to look for...)

As I add books set in Hawaii to my bookshelf I'll try to remember add them here too.

----- fiction -----

Fluke by Christopher Moore * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5160321

Growing Up Local: An Anthology of Poetry & Prose from Hawaii by Eric Chock, Darrell H.Y. Lum, Bill Teter, James R. Harstad * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3987897

Hawai'i One Summer by Maxine Hong Kingston * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4000845

Mahu Fire: A Hawaiian Mystery by Neil S. Plakcy * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6256568
** fair warning: Mahu means homosexual, and the main character in this series is, um...actively. **
Mahu Surfer by Neil S. Placky * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6642284

Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii by Lee Goldberg * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4667922

The Stone of Kannon by O.A. Bushnell * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6624196

The Tattoo by Chris McKinney * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3934219

The Vanishing Sands by Gerald Y. Kinro * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3935795

Hula Done It?: A Passport to Peril Mystery by Maddy Hunter * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5495977

Beads, Boys and the Buddha by Wendy Miyake * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3934210

The House Without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6884733
- Charlie Chan

Makai by Kathleen Tyau * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3644223

Mutant by Peter Clement * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7361701

----- for children/teens -----

Blue Skin of the Sea by Graham Salisbury * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6733981
Jungle Dogs by Graham Salisbury * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6788167

Blu's Hanging by Lois-Ann Yamanaka * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4886074
Name Me Nobody by Lois-Ann Yamanaka * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5864162

A Child's History of Hawaii by Edward J McGrath * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4319179

Green Mango Magic by Sylvie Hossack * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4254872

Yumi and Her Best-Forever Friend by Elaine Masters * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7292837

----- nonfiction/reference -----

Honolulu CSI: An Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation by Gary A. Dias, Robbie Dingeman * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6757980

Shark Bites: True Tales of Survival by Greg Ambrose * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4608905
- I think *most* of the incidents listed in this book took place in Hawaiian waters

Hawaiian Mythology by Martha Warren Beckwith * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4026388

Obake Files by Glen Grant * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3690769
- Obake means ghost

----- Molokai: Kalaupapa/Kalawao -----

The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai by John Tayman * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5762927
- nonfiction history

My Name Is Loa: A Story of Exile, Adventure, and Romance on the Island of Moloka'i by Dorothea N. Buckingham, Snowden Hodges * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4811207
- fiction for teenagers

----- Massie Case -----

The Massie Case by Peter Packer and Bob Thomas * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3690787
- nonfiction

Rape in Paradise by Theon Wright *
- another nonfiction look at the Massie Case

Damned in Paradise by Max Allan Collins * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6874429
- fictional look at the Massie Case

----- World War II -----

Sachie: A Daughter of Hawaii by Patsy S. Saiki * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7396386
- fiction; aimed at tweens/teens

Snafu: The World War II Memoir of a Honolulu Man by George Schnack * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3690790
- nonfiction; I didn't read it but I think it mostly takes place outside of Hawaii

A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer * http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4091065
- fiction; teenage protagonist


but here are a couple of suggestions ...

Alice Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop mystery series (sort of Ghost & Mrs. Muir-ish) is set in Rhode Island

"Journal of a Solitude" by May Sarton is about her life in New Hampshire


Sounds interesting. I'll give it a try.




I might read my American Heroes set of romance novels. There are 50 books and each one is set in a different state. :) On the other hand I might just leave them on top of the bookshelf ... I find it comforting that I have 50 books to read just in case I run out of Mount TBR. :) LOL


Always nice to have a backup plan - you wouldn't want to *run out* of books! ;)


Didn't Dana Fuller Ross write a series about the US? I seem to remember reading them in my teens... Wagons something... I forget which one it starts with. Of course, John Jakes - read him about the same time - wrote The Kent Family Chronicles - all having to do with Revolutionary War thru annexation of Texas.


I don't think they're in the attic any more, but I know Mom read most of them, and I read several.


> Didn't Dana Fuller Ross write a series
> about the US? I seem to remember reading
> them in my teens... Wagons something... I

Ross wrote the Wagons West series, the first book is called Independence, then each successive book's title is a State name. I've read the first two books and have collected most of the series to work through someday, but I don't think I'm up for a challenge right now!


I read them all, then he started another similar series on the Holts and I read most of them, but didn't finish (I think I read all but one or two). Fascinating take on history, but enjoyable nonetheless


Yeppers here is a photo.



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Ooooo chocolate... ummmmm


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> Ooooo chocolate... ummmmm

I had to go back and look for the chocolate!!! LOL

How cool that the set spells American Heroes like that! Wow!


My eyes found the chocolate first, then the books... and I'm jealous. Those are better bookshelves than mine!!!!


> Ooooo chocolate... ummmmm

Sorry to disappoint but it isn't *actually* chocolate. LOL It is a chamois M&M that sits a top your computer screen to be at the ready whenever the screen needs a cleaning. It was a Christmas gift to my husband and he hasn't been in to the office yet to be able to use it. But I didn't realize it was in the photo. ;) That is only the top of one set of bookshelves ... I have many and lots and lots of books!


There is a book about the state quarters providing information about each state and why the depictions were chosen. Would be an interesting accompaniment to this challenge.



Yep. That's the one!


What a marketing gimmick!

Nice shelves, and some good stuff on them too! ;)


LOL! I just found a couple at the thrift store tonight....right before I read this thread. I think I have about 5 of the states.


I've started reading books set in America and I have read the Emporer's children set in New York About to start Friday night lights(texas) and Midnight in the garden of good and evil (Georgia). Is there anywhere to write it up or shall I just start my own excel doc.


This is sort of an ongoing challenge - you can set your own pace. :)

I've posted my list here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5961249

Other people are keeping track in other ways. I believe CollegeLady had an Excel spreadsheet and sent me a copy, so you could check with her...or I can look to see if I still have it.


I would recommend for South Carolina any book by Dorothea Benton Frank.


I'm going to try to finish in 2009, but you can make it open-ended if you like. :)


Update 12/29/09

READ: 50 + Washington DC finished 12/31/09

(asterisks indicate more than one book read for that location)

Alabama - Murder Shoots the Bull by Anne George

Alaska - Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Arizona - The Resort by Bentley Little

Arkansas - Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

* California - Bones by Jonathan Kellerman

* Colorado - Dark Torte by Diane Mott Davidson

Connecticut - No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
unregistered; borrowed from the library

Delaware - A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse
unregistered; borrowed from the library

* Florida - Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

Georgia - Kira-kira by Cynthia Kadohata

* Hawaii - Damned in Paradise by Max Allan Collins

Idaho - Killer Weekend by Ridley Pearson

Illinois - War and Peas by Jill Churchill

Indiana - Where the Bodies are Buried by Fannie Weinstein & Melinda Wilson

Iowa - An Ocean in Iowa by Peter Hedges

Kansas - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

* Kentucky - Kentucky Straight by Chris Offutt

Louisiana - Photo Finished by Laura Childs

Maine - Murder Most Maine by Karen MacInerney

Maryland - Achingly Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

* Massachusetts - Witch Hill by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Michigan - The Chocolate Cat Caper by JoAnna Carl

* Minnesota - Want to Play? By P.J. Tracy

Mississippi - Being Dead is No Excuse by Gayden Metcalfe & Charlotte Hays

* Missouri - To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein

* Montana - Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

Nebraska - O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Nevada - Prey by Michael Crichton

New Hampshire - Killer Waves by Brendan DuBois

New Jersey - A Cat on a Winning Streak by Lydia Adamson

New Mexico - ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold

* New York - Aftershock by Chuck Scarborough

* North Carolina - At Wick's End by Tim Myers

North Dakota - Tracks by Louise Erdrich

* Ohio - Heaven by Angela Johnson

* Oklahoma - Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
The main character is from Kansas, but most of the action takes place in what is now Oklahoma.

Oregon - Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret

* Pennsylvania - A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong & Sheryl Feldman

Rhode Island - Gravewriter by Mark Arsenault

South Carolina - Death on Demand by Carolyn G. Hart

South Dakota - The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
unregistered; borrowed from the library
re-read of an old favorite that I hadn't read in years & years

Tennessee - Harmony by Rita Murphy

* Texas - Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Utah - The Mormon Murders by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Vermont - Preacher's Boy by Katherine Paterson

Virginia - Outfoxed by Rita Mae Brown

Washington - Bookmarked to Die by Jo Dereske

* West Virginia - The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

* Wisconsin - Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

Wyoming - Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Washington DC - Murder at the Washington Tribune by Margaret Truman



January looks ok, anyway. :)


Alabama http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5486422
Alaska Small Town Christmas by Debbie Macomber 2nd story in book.
California Forever Odd by Dean Koontz http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7385772
Florida Strip Tease by Hiaasen
Hawaii Burned by Carol Higgons Clark
Illinois - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6862096
Louisiana - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5821254
Maine Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup.
Massachusetts Who Killed Mona Lisa by Bugge http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1490965
Michigan -http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6774000
Minnesota - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6523736
New Hampshire
New Jersey http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6803993
New Mexico
New York - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2394281
North Carolina http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6252509
North Dakota
Ohio http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5965100
Oklahoma WHere the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Oregon - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6841878
Pennsylvania http://bookcrossing.com/---/7061920
Rhode Island
South Carolina http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6265764
South Dakota
Texas - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6269451
Utah Escape by Carolyn Jessop http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6219219
Washington http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1736448
West Virginia

and Washington, DC http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5615870




winghyphen8wing 11 yrs ago
Good for you!
Just curious: what did you read for DC?


> Just curious: what did you read for DC?
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5615870 and I thought it was a good read.







spaceystacey 11 yrs ago
21! :-)


Alaska The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber (library)
Arizona Escape by Carolyn Jessup http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7122764
Arkansas Wed by a Prayer by Lyn Cote (library)
California The Marriage Mishap by Judith Stacy (reserved)
Colorado The Marshal Takes a Bride by Renee Ryan (library)
Connecticut Dear Santa by Karen Templeton (808-6193843)
Florida Belated Bride (Loveswept) by Charlotte Hughes (769-7206167)
Georgia The Christmas Quilt by Thomas j Davis (library)
Idaho A baby of her own by Brenda Novak http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6243669
Illinois Adams Way by Cathie Linz (library)
Indiana A Table for Two by Karen Sandler (346-7172582)
Kansas The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty (controlled rabck)
Kentucky Kentucky Bride by Norah Hess (abxc release)
Louisiana Twas the Week Before Christmas by Leonora Worth (library)
Maine Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult (ray)
Maryland Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler (ray)
Massachusetts A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr (ray)
Michigan A Nes Life by Dana Corbit (019-7522120)
Minnesota Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat by Caroliine Burau(library)
Mississippi The Courage to Dream by Margaret Daley (library)
Missouri Unto Us a Child by Catherine Palmer (library)
Montana The Rogue Stallion by Diane Palmer (526-7205917)
Nevada Once Upon a Christmas by Brenda Novak (library)
New Hampshire Keeping Faith by Jody Picoult http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7185364 - book ray
New Jersey You Belong to Me by Isabel Sharpe (library)
New Mexico Isabel's Daughter by Judie Hendricks http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6739730
New York Weekends at Bellevue by Julie Holland
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7443530 - bookray
North Carolina On The Occasion of My Last Afternoon by Gibbons, Kaye (library)
North Dakota Eden by Carolyn Davidson (library)
Ohio Simple Gifts by Shelley Galloway 839-7908784
Oklahoma A Time to Heal by Linda Goodnight (library)
Oregon Housekeeper to the Millionaire by Lucy Monroe (library)
Pennsylvania The Quilter's Apprentice (Elm Creek Quilts Series #1) by Chiaverini, Jennifer (library)
Rhode Island Pieces of my Sister's Life by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7007857; ray

South Carolina The Memory of Water by White, Karen (library)
South Dakota - Dakota Man by Joan Hohl
Tennessee Christmas Homecoming by Leonora Worth (library)
Texas the Nine Dollar Daddy by DaY LeClaire (library)
Utah Stolen Innocence by Elissa Walls http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7329883
Vermont Vermont Valentine by Kristin Hardy (BC library)
Virginia A Mommy in Mind by Arlene James (wild release)
Washington A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber (library)
West Virginia Second Chance at Love by Irene Brand (library)
Wisconsin A Place Called Home by Margaret Watson 876-7188585
Wyoming The Nine Month Marriage by Christine Rimmer (abxc release)
District of Columbia


Seajack 12 yrs ago
Kaye Gibbons
I recommend her book "Ellen Foster" - she nails the protagonist's "voice" - perfect bullseye.


Wait, I think I read that at some point....

Yep, I did. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4180210

Can't remember where it was set, though. Was it North Carolina also?



Just a few suggestions to help you with your last books. . . (these are the ones I read)

Alabama: Scottsboro, Ellen Feldman (I picked this one up having no clue that it was based on real events. I'm an Ellen Felman fan and she didn't disappoint me with this book. It was tough to read in parts, but well worth it)

Delaware: Hawkes Harbor, SE Hinton (I found this one after doing a search in my local library's database for Delaware. Not many choices so I grabbed this one. It's a creepy little story that I'm still not sure if I loved or hated. I would suggest looking at the review on amazon.com)

Hawaii: Molokai, Alan Brennert (Lovely, intriguing story about a girl that grows up on Molokai, the leper colony. I don't usually go for historical fiction, but I loved this book)

Iowa: Dewey, the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World; Vicki Myron (A wonderful story about a special kitty in a small dinky Iowa town. Having lived in Iowa for a bit, I enjoyed the descriptions of the town. Being a cat person, I fell in love with Dewey and the people that love him. Plus, its set in a library. . . )

Washington, DC: A lot of James Patterson's Alex Cross books are set in DC. If you like Patterson (or mystery/suspense books) and can handle descriptive murder scenes, pick one of the Cross books up.

Hope that helps! I would offer any of these books to you if they were mine to offer. I've been utilizing the library a lot lately.


Arizona is already going out as a RABCK, but if anybody wants Strawberry Girl (Newbery winner set in Florida) let me know...


It's "Nineteen Minutes" Jodi Picoult.


I did tis same challegne 3 years ago. The only book that was the same between you and I was Kansas. i enjoyed learning about the various states, I hope you did also.



I've got Washington covered but that's it. Guess I need to get busy! :)


Feel free to set your own timetable - I think some of the other people might be doing that. :)



lucy-lemon, it looks like there are two of you in the UK giving this a try: maybe you can work together? (UlrikeW is the other.)



I think I'll make the effort to get it done in a year. Are there any "rules" or stipulations on what books we read?


the majority of the book must take place in that particular state.

So if your book starts and ends in New York but most of it takes place in Chicago, you'd count it for Illinois.

Other than that, I think it's pretty flexible. I'm noticing that this challenge makes me pay more attention to the setting of the book as I'm reading. For instance, I probably wouldn't normally notice that I read two Texas books in a row. :)

Oh, and it's nice if you post periodic updates here so we can see how you're doing and what you're reading. (And get ideas for our own choices.)


it would help the rest of us if you're willing to post a list of suggestions for your home state.

I've posted mine above. :)



You can search for country/place and it gives you some suggestions of books set there.


It will be helpful for the 6 books, 6 countries, 6 continents reading challenge too, so I'll post it there. Thanks very much!




As far as I know, these are the people participating...in alphabetical order:

CollegeLady (California)
hyphen8 (Hawaii)
jumpingin (Canada)
lovestoreadinmo (Missouri)
lucy-lemon (UK)
madmegzy (UK)
mrsboknows (South Carolina)
spaceystacey (New Jersey)
UlrikeW (Germany)

Let me know if you want your name added to the list (or taken off).

There might be prizes along the way for reaching milestones. We'll see. :)


It's going slow. I'm working through bookring books that are set in other countries! If I wasn't doing this challenge, you know all the books would be set in US states. . .ha ha. So far I've covered California (One More Time, Carol Burnett) and Washington (the Twilight series). I am enjoying trying to figure out which books to read to meet this challenge though.

I keep forgetting to recommend books set in my state, South Carolina. Anything by Dorothea Benton Frank or Mary Alice Monroe would be worth picking up. Phyllis Whitney has one set in Charleston too. . .Woman Without a Past. If you've never read Phyllis Whitney, I highly recommend her. Her books are mystery/suspense with very subtle romance (which means there is a love interest but it doesn't take over the story). She's written multiple books, all set in different states.



maybe you should join the 6 books, 6 countries, 6 continents challenge.

or if you're *really* ambitious, there's always the Olympic challenge!


They're fun and go quickly :)

I think this is a great idea! I'm not joining you, but fab idea!




Please throw some info my way.
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...this is a fairly freeform at-your-own-pace reading challenge: the goal is to read (at least) one book set in each of the 50 US states.

It doesn't have to be any particular type of book, and anyone can join at any time. If your book is set in multiple states, you can choose which state you're counting it for; I'm going with the state in which the majority of the story/action takes place.

Some of us are shooting for getting it done in one year. At least one person has also read a book set in Washington, D.C. At least two of the participants live outside the US, so they've got an extra degree of difficulty to their challenge.

It's nice if you post here periodically to let the rest of us see how you're doing; if you post your list other people can see what you've read and maybe get ideas for their own reading!

Also, if you'd like to post recommendations for your state of residence, I'm sure they'd be appreciated!

Did I miss anything? Anybody want to chime in with suggestions/recommendations? Oh, yes, I'm trying to come up with some prizes for the participants..but I don't know yet what they'll be and I haven't decided when/why I'm going to award them. You'll have to wait and see! ;)



My US geography is not too bad, so I'm not doing maps, but I'm going back through my journal entries, making notes as to whether or not I've been there, etc..


Of course, I'm reading quite a few children's books. But I would have done that anyway, it's just that now I'm paying more attention to where they're set! :)


Though it didn't take me 3 months to read that first book - the problem was finding one I actually wanted to read (and passing by all those set elsewhere...)

Alabama - Joshilyn Jackson: Gods in Alabama (library book)
Kentucky - Barbara Kingsolver: Prodigal Summer
Missouri - LaVyrle Spencer: Small Town Girl
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Virginia - David Baldacci: Hour Game
Washington - Stephenie Meyer: Twilight
West Virginia
Wisconsin - Tate Hallaway: Tall, Dark and Dead


Don't feel bad. I've only covered two states so far! I'm working on the 1001 list and so far the ones I've read have been set in Canada. . . not helping my progress with this challenge. :)


Read books you like. At whatever pace suits you. :D

(I've had some books that I couldn't get into..and they would've been good for various challenges, but it wasn't worth forcing myself to read them. I don't do that now that I don't have to for school any more!)



Finished another. . .brings my total to 3! haha

Washington (Twilight Series)
California (One More Time, Carol Burnett)
Iowa (Dewey, Vicki Myron)



lucy-lemon 12 yrs ago
Re: Yay!
Ooh, I've read Twilight too! I didn't even think about the setting!


Sounds like spaceystacey is way up there..but it's not a race, so everybody's good. :D


There might be something in it for you. ;)


I'm getting there slowly.


Just because it's fun to track my progress that way. :)

If you're looking for suggestions, links to the books I've read for the challenge are in the message "hyphen8's list" above.


Not exactly thick on the ground, so thought I'd throw in the only book I can recall reading set there!

The author is a lesbian, but I wouldn't call it a "gay" book ...



Still, I do need a Delaware book... :)


I think it's a Biblical name - it's pronounced Ray-ho-BUTH in DE, but the town in MA is Ray-HO-buth.


I'm not going to get it done in a year, I bet, because I read other things too. I've got two states so far:

Maryland: Digging to America by Anne Tyler
Virginia: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver



Actually a decent read, although not all the entries held my attention


For people in a hurry, right?

Sounds interesting, actually..much better than my little "Book of the States" - which I won't recommend because I know it's not always been accurate. One edition had some serious errors in the Hawaii map and I ended up writing letters to get it fixed.


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