50 States Fiction and Nonfiction Reads

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My goal is to read one fiction book and one nonfiction book for each state. The books are labeled (F) and (NF) to represent that.

ALABAMA: All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg (NF); To Kill A
Mockingbird by Harper Lee (F)

ALASKA: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (NF); The Call of the Wild
by Jack London (F)

ARIZONA: Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (NF); Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (F)

ARKANSAS: A Painted House by John Grisham (F)

CALIFORNIA: Freedom Writers by Erin Gruell (NF) The Soloist by
Steve Lopez (NF); East of Eden by John Steinbeck (F)

COLORADO: Plainsong by Kent Haruf (F); Columbine by Dave Cullen (NF

CONNECTICUT: Me: Stories of my Life by Katharine Hepburn (NF);
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (F)


FLORIDA: The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (NF); Darkly Dreaming
Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (F)

GEORGIA: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
(NF); Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (F)

HAWAII: Sisterchicks Do the Hula by Robin Jones Gunn (F)


ILLINOIS: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (NF); The
Jungle by Upton Sinclair (F)

INDIANA: A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana
by Haven Kimmel (NF); 4512327::Where the Birds go When it Rains by Jamie Paul
Wesseler (F)

IOWA: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson (NF);
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Walker (F)


KANSAS: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (NF); The Wonderful Wizard
of Oz by L. Frank Baum (F)

LOUISIANA: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (NF); A Confederacy of Dunces by
John Kennedy Toole (F)

MAINE: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (NF); Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout (F)

MARYLAND: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
(NF); The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (F), The Poe Shadow by
Matthew Pearl (F)

MASSACHUSETTS: Land's End by Michael Cunningham (NF); The Perfect
Storm by Sebastian Junger (NF); Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (F)

MICHIGAN: Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (NF); Middlesex by
Jeffrey Eugenides (F)

MINNESOTA: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (F)

MISSISSIPPI: A Time to Kill by John Grisham (F), The Help by
Kathryn Stockett (F)

MISSOURI: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (F)

MONTANA: Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean (NF); Montana 1948 by
Larry Watson (F)

NEBRASKA: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (F)

NEVADA: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (NF)

NEW HAMPSHIRE: A Prayer for Own Meany by John Irving (F) Sea Glass
by Anita Shreve (F)

NEW JERSEY: Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (NF); The Plot
Against America by Philip Roth (F)


NEW YORK: 'Tis by Frank McCourt (NF); Falling Man Don Delillo (F)
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by: Steven
Millhauser (F)

NORTH CAROLINA: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (NF);
Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks (F)


OHIO: Beloved by Toni Morrison (F) Wineburg, Ohio by Sherwood
Anderson (F)

OKLAHOMA: Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (F)

OREGON: Blue Moon Over Thurman Street by Ursula K. LeGuin (NF)

PENNSYLVANIA: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (NF)

RHODE ISLAND: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (F)

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (F)

SOUTH DAKOTA: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (F)


TEXAS: Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson (NF); Holes by Louis Sacher (F)

UTAH: When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka (F)


VIRGINIA: The Known World by Edward (F)

WASHINGTON: The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen (F); Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer (F)

WEST VIRGINIA: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (NF);

WISCONSIN: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (F)

WASHINGTON D.C.: Inventing a Nation by Gore Vidal (NF); The Lost
Symbol by Dan Brown (F)

WYOMING: Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx (F)

Apr. 24, 2011, 7:38pm

Welcome to the challenge! Looks like you've made a good start. This has turned out to be a multi-year project for me, and I'm only attempting to read one book for each state!

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