We’re taking you on a page-by-page book tour of the United States.
An extraordinary book has been written about, or set in, every single state in the country — including Washington, D.C. These novels, which range from contemporary fiction to classics to childhood favorites, bring these places to life in such a way that reading them can almost transport you there.
We selected the best books based in every state by looking for titles that almost use their state as another character. The setting is so deeply entwined with these texts, the story couldn't even exist in another place or time.
Take Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, for example. The Mississippi River drives the entire narrative, quite literally pulling the characters along the river to freedom. This story and its themes could not happen on any other river, in any other place on Earth.
"The river looked miles and miles across," Twain wrote. "The moon was so bright I could a counted the drift logs that went a-slipping along, black and still, hundreds of yards out from shore. Everything was dead quiet, and it looked late, and smelt late."
From romance novels to thrillers, these written works will bring to life all 50 states (and the District of Columbia). Pack one in your carry-on for your next trip, or read them all to take a literary tour of the United States.