50 States of Literature: Book Recommendations for Every State

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What are your recommendations for books set across the United States?

For those who prefer text, here’s a text list of our book recommendations for every state in the USA.

50 States of Books

  1. Alabama

    Boy’s Life (1991)
    Robert McCammon

  2. Alaska

    The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007)
    Michael Chabon

  3. Arizona

    Animal Dreams (1990)
    Barbara Kingsolver

  4. Arkansas

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)
    Maya Angelou

  5. California

    Crescent (2003)
    Diana Abu-Jaber

  6. Colorado

    The Shining (1977)
    Stephen King

  7. Connecticut

    Revolutionary Road (1961)
    Richard Yates

  8. Delaware

    The Book of Unknown Americans (2014)
    Cristina Henriquez

  9. Florida

    Swamplandia! (2011)
    Karen Russell

  10. Georgia

    Gone With the Wind (1936)
    Margaret Mitchell

  11. Hawaii

    The Descendants (2007)
    Kaui Hart Hemmings

  12. Idaho

    Train Dreams (2002)
    Denis Johnson

  13. Illinois

    Pioneer Girl (2014)
    Bich Minh Nguyen

  14. Indiana

    We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013)
    Karen Joy Fowler

  15. Iowa

    Gilead (2004)
    Marilynne Robinson

  16. Kansas

    The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton (1998)
    Jane Smiley

  17. Kentucky

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
    Mark Twain

  18. Louisiana

    A Confederacy of Dunces (1980)
    John Kennedy Toole

  19. Maine

    Edinburgh (2001)
    Alexander Chee

  20. Maryland

    Breathing Lessons (1988)
    Anne Tyler

  21. Massachusetts

    The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)
    Margaret Atwood

  22. Michigan

    them (1969)
    Joyce Carol Oates

  23. Minnesota

    Freedom (2010)
    Jonathan Franzen

  24. Mississippi

    Black Boy (1945)
    Richard Wright

  25. Missouri

    Gone Girl (2012)
    Gillian Flynn

  26. Montana

    Fools Crow (1986)
    James Welch

  27. Nebraska

    One of Ours (1922)
    Willa Cather

  28. Nevada

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972)
    Hunter S. Thompson

  29. New Hampshire

    A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989)
    John Irving

  30. New Jersey

    American Pastoral (1997)
    Phillip Roth

  31. New Mexico

    Bless Me, Ultima (1972)
    Rudolfo Anaya

  32. New York

    A Gesture Life (1999)
    Chang-rae Lee

  33. North Carolina

    Cold Mountain (1997)
    Charles Frazier

  34. North Dakota

    The Plague of Doves (2008)
    Louise Erdrich

  35. Ohio

    Everything I Never Told You (2014)
    Celeste Ng

  36. Oklahoma

    Paradise (1997)
    Toni Morrison

  37. Oregon

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
    Ken Kesey

  38. Pennsylvania

    Rabbit, Run (1960)
    John Updike

  39. Rhode Island

    The Ivory Tower (1917)
    Henry James

  40. South Carolina

    The Prince of Tides (1986)
    Pat Conroy

  41. South Dakota

    Waterlily (1988)
    Ella Cara Deloria

  42. Tennessee

    Suttree (1979)
    Cormac McCarthy

  43. Texas

    Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991)
    Sandra Cisneros

  44. Utah

    The Executioner’s Song (1979)
    Norman Mailer

  45. Vermont

    The Secret History (1992)
    Donna Tartt

  46. Virginia

    Against the Country (2015)
    Ben Metcalf

  47. Washington

    Unaccustomed Earth (2008)
    Jhumpa Lahiri

  48. West Virginia

    The Devil All the Time (2011)
    Donald Ray Pollock

  49. Wisconsin

    American Gods (2001)
    Neil Gaiman

  50. Wyoming

    Close Range: Wyoming Stories (1999)
    Annie Proulx

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