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America Reading Challenge: Books Set in Each State

Ever dreamt of taking the great American road trip and reading books set in each state along the way? Some of the most memorable travels in the United States are woven with literature. Stories add an extra dimension to travels and are an incredible way to absorb local culture.
The diversity of America is reflected in its literature and these books set in each state (plus Washington DC) aim to help capture it. There are classics from the past and bestsellers from the present, including both fiction and non-fiction. The books are related to the states in varied ways – are set there, have characters from there, reflect the local culture or are by notable authors from there. Selections are based on a number of criteria; including overall popularity, awards, reviews and ratings.
Hopefully you find something here to inspire your next read, or even consider taking on the America Reading Challenge yourself. Why not read your way around American with these books set in each state?
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Alabama: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Alabama: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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Alaska: Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)
Alaska: Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)
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Arizona: The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
Arizona: The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
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Arkansas: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
Arkansas: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
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California: East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
California: East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
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Colorado: Plainsong (Kent Haruf)
Colorado: Plainsong (Kent Haruf)
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Connecticut: Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)
Connecticut: Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)
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Delaware: The Book of Unknown Americans (Cristina Henriquez)
Delaware: The Book of Unknown Americans (Cristina Henriquez)
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Florida: There Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
Florida: There Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
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Georgia: The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
Georgia: The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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Hawaii: The Descendants (Kaui Hart Hemmings)
Hawaii: The Descendants (Kaui Hart Hemmings)
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Idaho: Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson)
Idaho: Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson)
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Illinois: Dandelion Wine (Ray Bradbury)
Illinois: Dandelion Wine (Ray Bradbury)
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Indiana: A Girl Named Zippy (Haven Kimmel)
Indiana: A Girl Named Zippy (Haven Kimmel)
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Iowa: What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Peter Hedges)
Iowa: What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Peter Hedges)
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Kansas: In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
Kansas: In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
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Kentucky: Icy Sparks (Gwyn Hyman Rubio)
Kentucky: Icy Sparks (Gwyn Hyman Rubio)
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Louisiana: The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
Louisiana: The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
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Maine: The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
Maine: The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
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Maryland: The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler)
Maryland: The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler)
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Massachusetts: Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Massachusetts: Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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Michigan: The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)
Michigan: The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)
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Minnesota: Ordinary Grace (William Kent Krueger)
Minnesota: Ordinary Grace (William Kent Krueger)
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Mississippi: The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
Mississippi: The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
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Missouri: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
Missouri: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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Montana: A River Runs Through It (Norman Maclean)
Montana: A River Runs Through It (Norman Maclean)
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Nebraska: My Ántonia (Willa Cather)
Nebraska: My Ántonia (Willa Cather)
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Nevada: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson)
Nevada: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson)
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New Hampshire: A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
New Hampshire: A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
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New Jersey: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Oscar Wao)
New Jersey: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Oscar Wao)
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New Mexico: The Green Glass Sea (Ellen Klages)
New Mexico: The Green Glass Sea (Ellen Klages)
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New York: The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
New York: The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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North Carolina: A Walk to Remember (Nicholas Sparks)
North Carolina: A Walk to Remember (Nicholas Sparks)
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North Dakota: The Round House (Louise Erdrich)
North Dakota: The Round House (Louise Erdrich)
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Ohio: Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)
Ohio: Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)
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Oklahoma: Where the Heart Is (Billie Letts)
Oklahoma: Where the Heart Is (Billie Letts)
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Oregon: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
Oregon: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
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Pennsylvania: The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
Pennsylvania: The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
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Rhode Island: My Sister's Keeper (Jodi Picoult)
Rhode Island: My Sister's Keeper (Jodi Picoult)
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South Carolina: The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
South Carolina: The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
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