Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Celebrating the 50 States...and their books!

"That's the thing about books.
They let you travel without moving your feet."
Jhumpa Lahiri

The most famous books set in every state

(Please note: Books listed here are for adult readers!)

If you need an expert on the geography and people of the United States, find a grade 4 RES student!
All year, our students have been researching, writing and reading about our country.  In addition, each student is conducting an in-depth study of a particular state. All of this work will be celebrated soon at a special presentation for parents and families.

I was reminded of their work during a recent visit to the Rockport Public Library, where a selection of the "Most famous books set in every state" was on display. This list was most recently published in Business Insider . Does this gray, drizzly weather have you dreaming of warmer climates? How about traveling to sunny California through the pages of East of Eden by John Steinbeck? Wondering about life in Big Sky country? Try A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean. Take a minute to browse through the LIST. Is there a state you would like to travel to through the pages of a book? Have you read the book from your home state? Add the titles from these states - or your favorite state - in the comments sections below. Happy reading!


  1. Shout out to my family in Arizona! Years ago my sister-in-law recommended that state's title, "The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver. It's a great read and she is one of my favorite authors.

  2. I grew up in New Jersey! I've never heard of my state's book, "Drown" by Junot Diaz, but it looks like a great one to check out. My favorite book on this list is the one set in Mississippi: "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner.

  3. Good Old Walden:))) I remember being in high school and having this as required reading. I definitely needed to mature in my ways before truly appreciating Henry David Thoreau:) His poetry really captures the sweet parts of Massachusetts.

  4. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
    ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  5. Jeffrey Eugenides, the author of Michigan's book, grew up in Detroit, Michigan, in a neighborhood not far from where I was born and lived until I was around 12. I read The Virgin Suicides 20 years ago, and may read it again. I love re-reading good books. I always notice new things the second time around. As we change, how we react to what we read changes. The mark of a good book is that it can grow with us!

  6. Although it is not on this list, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was a great book. Since I have read it, I have wanted to go to its setting - Savannah, Georgia.

  7. I have lived in Massachusetts my entire life and have never read the book, Walden. I guess I will have to add it to my summer reading list!