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50 Books For 50 States

Honor America by reading!

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1. Alabama

Author Nelle Harper Lee who won the Pulitzer Prize winning novel in 1960 for her classic novel,TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. which she wrote in 1959 and published in July 1960. She contributed to the present popularity of Monroeville, her mother town.

2. Alaska


In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

California - Southern

Christmas 1951, Los Angeles: a city where the police are as corrupt as the criminals. Six prisoners are beaten senseless in their cells by cops crazed on alcohol. For the three LAPD detectives involved, it will expose the guilty secrets on which they have built their corrupt and violent careers.

24. Mississippi


In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town...Clanton, Mississippi.

34. North Dakota

Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of contemporary Native American novelists. Tracks is set in North Dakota when Indian tribes were fighting to keep what remained of their homeland.

35. Ohio

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

39. Rhode Island

Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorces with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious.

41. South Dakota

We learn the story of Brokaw's boyhood in small town South Dakota up to the time of his graduation from college in 1962. The reader also discovers a great deal about the context of an all-american upbringing during a hugely important transitional period — post-World War II America.

44. Utah

Much of Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s post-apocalyptic novel A Canticle for Leibowitz is set near or directly within Utah. The "hero" of the first part of the novel, the novice Brother Francis Gerard, is from Utah.

46. Virginia

A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. This novel takes off in a posh suburb of Virginia.