Reading Across America: A Book for Every State (and D.C. Too)
March 2 is Read Across America Day! You're never too old to pick up a great book and get lost in a story.
And we decided to take it really literally this year: We put together a list of 51 books, one for each state in the United States and the District of Columbia. In each book, the action primarily takes place in the state it was chosen for, and we've blended each state's classics with some outside-the-box choices.
Have more suggestions? Let us know in the comments!
Alabama - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whitle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Alaska - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Arizona - Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
Arkanas - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
District of Columbia - All the Houses by Karen Olsson
Florida - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Georgia - The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Hawaii - The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Idaho - All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki
Illinois - The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Indiana - God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
Iowa - The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
Nevada - Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
New Hampshire - The World According to Garp by John Irving
New Jersey - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
New Mexico - Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
New York - The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
North Carolina - Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
North Dakota - The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
Ohio - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Oklahoma - Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Oregon - The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
Pennsylvania - When the English Fall by David Williams
Rhode Island - Winner of the National Book Award by Jincy Willett
South Carolina - Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
South Dakota - In Calamity's Wake by Natalee Caple
Tennessee - Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
Texas - Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Saenz
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