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Most Famous Book from Every State,

:

 

Most Famous Authors from Every State .

 

How many have you read ?

 

I think I may have a crack at both of these :)

 

Not an impossibly large goal, and it should be interesting  .

 

I'm not sure yet what order I'll go in, whether alphabetically by state, or choose one book at a time from one list ,then the other .

 

Need to do a little planning on it, but it should be fun ,and also not a really strict schedule to follow. Lots of books to choose from between the 2 lists and also , no time frame to complete it .  

In a few cases, there are overlapping authors and states ,so in that case, I'll have to choose a different book for the same author .

 

Lists in posts below for books, then states .

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Books

Alabama- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee -----READ  4/5

 

Alaska - Into the Wild -Jon Krakauer  ------READ 3/5

 

Arizona- The Bean Trees -Barbara Kingsolver  ------READ  2/5

 

Arkansas- A Painted House - John Grisham  ------READ 4/5

 

California- East of Eden - John Steinbeck-----READ 5/5

 

Colorado -The Shining - Stephen King

 

Connecticut- Revolutionary Road- Richard Yates

 

Delaware -The Saint of Lost Things - Christopher Castellani

 

Florida - To Have and Have Not- Ernest Hemingway

 

Georgia- Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchell  -----READ 4/5

 

Hawaii - Hawaii - James Michener

 

Idaho- Housekeeping- Marilynne Robinson

 

Illinois- The Jungle- Upton Sinclair

 

Indiana- The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington

 

Iowa- A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley-----READ 3/5

 

Kansas- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum -------READ 4/5

 

Kentucky- Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

Louisiana- Interview With the Vampire- Anne Rice

 

Maine- Carrie- Stephen King----READ 4/5

 

Maryland -Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler

 

Massachusetts - Walden - Henry David Thoreau

 

Michigan - The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides

 

Minnesota- Main Street - Sinclair Lewis

 

Mississippi -The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

 

Missouri -Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain-----READ  5/5

 

Montana - A River Runs Through It - Norman Maclean-------READ 3/5

 

Nebraska - My Antonia -Willa Cather

 

Nevada- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson

 

New Hampshire- Hotel New Hampshire -John Irving

 

New Jersey - Drown -Junot Diaz

 

New Mexico- Red Sky at Morning - Richard Bradford

 

New York- Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald----READ 3/5

 

North Carolina- A Walk to Remember- Nicholas Sparks-----READ 2/5

 

North Dakota -The Round House - Louise Erdrich

 

Ohio -The Broom of the System- David Foster Wallace

 

Oklahoma- Paradise - Toni Morrison

 

Oregon - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kersey

 

Pennsylvania- The Lovely Bones-Alice Sebold----READ 4/5

 

Rhode Island- My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

 

South Carolina- Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd----READ 4/5

 

South Dakota - A Long Way From Home- Tom Brokaw

 

Tennessee- The Firm & The Client- John Grisham------READ (both) , 3/5 ----4/5

 

Texas - No Country for Old Men - Cormac  McCarthy

 

Utah - The 19th Wife- David Ebershoff

 

Vermont- Pollyanna -Eleanor H Porter

 

Virginia- Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

 

Washington -Twilight- Stephenie Meyer

 

District of Columbia - The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown----READ  3/5

 

West Virginia -Shiloh- Phillis Reynolds Naylor

 

Wisconsin - Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder----READ 4/5

 

Wyoming- The Laramie Project- Moises Kaufman

Edited by julie

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X beside the ones I've read something by already ------
 

Authors

 

Alabama-  Harper Lee           X
 

Alaska - Marty Beckerman
 

Arizona- Jeanette Walls         X
 

Arkansas-  John Grisham      X

 

California- John Steinbeck     X
 

Colorado–Ken Kesey

 

Connecticut- Harriet Beecher Stowe
 

Delaware- Christopher Castellani
 

Florida– Carl Hiassen

Georgia-Flannery OConnor
 

Hawaii– Armine Von Tempski
 

Idaho- Vardish Fisher

 

Illinois- Ernest Hemingway

 

Indiana- Kurt Vonnegut
 

Iowa- Bill Bryson                X

 

Kansas- William Inge

Kentucky- Hunter S Thompson
 

Louisiana- Anne Rice

Maine- Stephen King          X

 

Maryland –Nora Roberts     X

 

Massachusetts – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Michigan- Jeffrey Eugenides
 

Minnesota- F  Scott Fitzgerald      X
 

Mississippi - William Faulkner

Missouri - Mark Twain          X

Montana– Maile Meloy

Nebraska– Nicholas Sparks         X

 

Nevada-  Charles Bock

New Hampshire- Dan Brown          X

New Jersey – Philip Roth

New Mexico- Rudolpho Anaya

New York- Herman Melville

North Carolina- Thomas Wolfe

North Dakota –Louis Lamour

Ohio–Sherwood Anderson

Oklahoma- Ralph Ellison

Oregon– Beverly Cleary             X

Pennsylvania- James Michener         X

Rhode Island- Cormac McCarthy

South Carolina- Peggy Parish

South Dakota - Adam Johnson

Tennessee- Peter Taylor

Texas– Katherine Ann Porter

Utah– Thomas Savage

Vermont- Ralph Nading Hill

Virginia- David Baldacci

Washington–Rick Steves

District of Columbia – Michael Chabon

West Virginia –Pearl S Buck                X

Wisconsin - Laura Ingalls Wilder          X

Wyoming- Patricia Maclachlan

 

Edited by julie

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Welcome to Alabama !

 

 The book chosen for this state is  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee .

 

Harper Lee was also chosen as the most famous author from Alabama ,

 

 

I have read To Kill a Mockingbird ,(twice) ,  so will consider it completed .

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I'm not sure what the above post is meant to be Julie (an image, perhaps?) but it doesn't appear to have worked!

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I think it's meant to be a Javascript chart, it doesn't work here either.

 

Good luck with your challenge, Julie :)! I recognise some authors and titles, there are some good books in there :).

Edited by Athena

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I've read 6 of these books. I really like this list. It has an American Literature take on the "around the world" type challenges. I might have to steal this list :)

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Hi Janet

Sorry, I was trying to post a map ,but apparently it didn't work, so I was trying to put together a better looking post .  :)

Just thought I'd add a bit of trivia about each state to make it more interesting .

 

 

Athena

Thank you for the good luck wishes :) I think a lot of the books will be good , I've read several before ,but will try doing re-reads of them . Some of the authors will be new to me, so that should be interesting !

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Hi B --

You're more than welcome to use the list. I don't mind a bit ! Looks like a lot of good reading, doesn't it ?

I've read 20 of the state books, but will do re-reads to make it a complete challenge. Some of them I read so many years ago, I need a refresher ,I think !

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Hi,

 

I've read;

To Kill a Mockingbird

To have and have not

Carrie

Interview With a Vampire

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Pollyanna

 

Of the authors list it'd be;

John Grisham

Harper Lee

John Steinbeck

Earnest Hemmingway

Anne Rice

Nora Roberts

Stephen King

Mark Twain

Dan Brown

Herman Melville

Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Good luck Julie and anyone else who does the challenge .. it's one I am definitely interested in too :smile: I've read ten so a long way to go  :blush2: I was surprised that Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe wasn't on the list .. until I saw what its competition was :D 

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Hi Kreader

You have a good start already ! You're welcome to jump in if you'd like to . :)

 

 

Kay

Yep, there are so many , especially from the southern states that I think would qualify ,to give these a run for their money . Fried Green Tomatoes was a really good book . I guess everyone would probably be able to pick others that they would have chosen if they were to make the list . :)  It'd be hard for me to choose . I'll just stick with the ones they picked and hope they are all good !

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