November 20, 2014

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Rafael Esquer

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The Most Famous Book of Every State in the USA

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Melia Robinson and Melissa Stanger from Business Insider put together a delicious literary list. They matched every single state of America with the most well known book set there. A lovely idea indeed as books have the magic power of transporting us not only to other times in history, but …

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Melia Robinson and Melissa Stanger from Business Insider put together a delicious literary list. They matched every single state of America with the most well known book set there.

A lovely idea indeed as books have the magic power of transporting us not only to other times in history, but also to different places and lifestyles. If you are familiar with the book’s geographical settings, it will bring you feelings of nostalgia or love or even hate or, if you don’t know the place, the book could make you want to visit or the opposite. For instance, the beauty and nostalgic longing captured in Death in Venice by German novelist Thomas Mann planted an urge on me to go to Italy. Venice became the first city I traveled to in Europe.

Thanking Melia and Melissa for rounding up the most famous book set in every state in America, I share their list with you.

What do you think? Did they get your state right? Let us know in the comments if you have alternative picks.

  1. Alabama: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Alaska: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  3. Arizona: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Arkansas: A Painted House by John Steinbeck
  5. California: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  6. Colorado: The Shinning by Steven King
  7. Connecticut: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  8. Delaware: The Saint of Lost Things by Christopher Catellani
  9. Florida: To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  10. Georgia: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  11. Hawaii: Hawaii by James Michener
  12. Idaho: Housekeeping by Marilinne Robinson
  13. Illinois: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  14. Indiana: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  15. Iowa: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  16. Kansas: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  17. Kentucky: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  18. Louisiana: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  19. Maine: Carrie by Stephen King
  20. Maryland: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
  21. Massachusetts: Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  22. Michigan: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  23. Minnesota: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  24. Mississippi: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  25. Missouri: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  26. Montana: A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
  27. Nebraska: My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  28. Nevada: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  29. New Hampshire: The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
  30. New Jersey: Drown by Junot Diaz
  31. New Mexico: Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford
  32. New York: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  33. North Carolina: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
  34. North Dakota: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  35. Ohio: The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
  36. Oklahoma: Paradise by Toni Morrison
  37. Oregon: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  38. Pennsylvania: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  39. Rhode Island: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  40. South Carolina: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  41. South Dakota: A Long Way From Home by Tom Brokaw
  42. Tennessee: The Firm and The Client by John Grisham
  43. Texas: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  44. Utah: The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  45. Vermont: Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
  46. Virginia: Bridge to Terabithis by Katherine Paterson
  47. Washington: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  48. District of Columbia: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  49. West Virginia: Shiloh by Phillis Reynolds Naylor
  50. Wisconsin: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  51. Wyoming: The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman

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Via Business Insider

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