Thursday, August 22, 2019

Books and States

BOOKS and STATES Challenge
arm-chair road tripping
through United States of America
via books and film

Setting up a grand challenge for myself as I have been wanting to read my way through parts of the country that are unknown to me. I picked mostly current books rather than classics. Slim pickings in some states. But maybe more newbies will be released in the Fall/Winter.

Below is the tentative list.

TRAVEL - USA (road trip)
America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
The Hunger by Alma Katsu
I Might Regret by Abbi Jacobson
The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang

small town: If You Lived Here You'd Be Home by Now by Christopher Ingraham

AL: Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
AL: Treeborne by Caleb Johnson
film: Sweet Home Alabama

AK: The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah
AK: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
AK: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
film: The Great Alone

AZ: Inland by Téa Obreht
AZ: The Perfect Fraud by Ellen LaCorte
film: Sedona

AR: Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
AR: Twenty-eight and A Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank
film: West of Memphis

CA: Choices by Magda Grant
CA: Family Trust by Kathy Wang
CA: The Caregiver by Samuel Park
CA: The Plus One by Sarah Archer
CA: Happiness by Heather Harpham (reese)
film: The Women in the Sand

CA-la: Still Lives by Maria Hummel (reese)
CA-la: The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
CA-la: The Library Book by Susan Orlean (reese)
CA-la: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (reese)
film: City of Gold

CA-sd: The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash (john hughes/comic con)

CA-sf: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

CO: The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger
film: Dynasty -tv

CT: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
CT: The Female Persuasion Meg Wolitzer
CT: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
CT: When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
film: The Swimmer

DE: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
film: Fight Club

FL: Made For Love by Alissa Nutting
FL: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen N. Arnett
FL: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
FL: Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
FL: Snow Falling by Jane Gloriana Villanueva
FL: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
film: The Last Resort

GA: Dark Town by Thomas Mullen
film: Atlanta -tv

HI: The Burning Island by Hester Young
HI: The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
HI: House of Thieves by Kaui Hart Hemmings
film: Princess Kaʻiulani

ID: Educated by Tara Westover
film: Wayward Pines -tv

IL: Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
IL, Chicago: The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison M. Dickson
film: The Homestretch

IN: The Starlite Drive-in by Marjorie Reynolds
film: The Magnificent Ambersons
film: Stranger Things 2 -tv

IA: Real Life by Brandon Taylor
film: What's Eating Gilbert Grape

KS: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
KS: To the Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman
film: Mysterious Skin

KY: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
KY: My Father, the Pornographer by Chris Offutt
KY: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
film: Boy Meets Girl
film: Justified -tv

LA: The Agony House by Cherie Priest
LA: This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
film: Easy Rider

ME: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
ME: Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
ME: The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda (review)
film: It part2 (review)

MD: Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
MD: Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly
MD: Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
MD: Well Met by Jen DeLuca -rom
film: Diner

MA: Chances Are by Richard Russo
MA: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
MA: The Summer Demands by Deborah Shapiro
MA: Things You Save in A Fire by Katherine Center
MA: Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
film: Little Women

MI: Abbott by Saladin Ahmed
film: White Boy Rick

MN: Say Say Say by Lila Savage
MN: The Lager Queen of Minnesota by Ryan J. Stradal
MN: The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
MN: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
film: A Simple Plan

MS: The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
MS: Desperation Road by Michael F. Smith
film: Free State of Jones

MO: Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
MO: Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
film: Rich Hill

MT: Fall Back Down When I Die by Joe Wilkins
film: Sweetgrass

NE: The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee
film: Election

NV: A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar
NV: Don't Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin
NV: On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl
NV: The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin
film: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

NH: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
NH: Fake Plastic Love by Kimberley Tait
film: Lolita

NJ: Guestbook: Ghost Stories by Leanne Shapton
NJ: The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
film: Patti Cake$

NM: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
NM: The Infinite Pieces of Us by Rebekah Crane
film: 50 to 1
film: The Kid

NY: A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
NY: Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julie Pierpont
NY: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
NY: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
NY: Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash
NY: Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg
NY: Mrs by Caitlin Macy
NY: My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
NY: Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen
NY: Roomies by Christina Lauren
NY: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
NY: Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen
NY: Suicide Club by Rachel Heng
NY: The Address by Fiona Davis
NY: The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis
NY: The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
NY: The Editor by Steven Rowley
NY: The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
NY: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
NY: The High Season by Judy Blundell
NY: The Light We Lost by Jill Sontopolo (reese)
NY: The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
NY: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (reese)
NY: The Song of the Orphans by Daniel Price
NY: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
NY: Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash -rom
film: Isn't It Romantic

NC: The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
NC: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
NC: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
film: American Horror Story s.6 -tv

ND: The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay
ND: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
film: Woman Walk Ahead

OH: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
OH: The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott
OH: Ohio by Stephenby Markley
film: How To Dance in Ohio

OK: The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
OK: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
film: Saving Grace -tv

OR: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
OR: The Clincher by Lisa Preston
OR: Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford (seattle/worlds fair)
film: Portlandia -tv

PA: Marilou Is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith
PA: The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose
PA: What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
At the Drive-In
film: Happy Valley

RI: The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore
RI: My Mrs. Brown by William D. Norwich
film: High Society

SC: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
SC: The New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliott
film: The Great Santini

SD: Hour Glass by Michelle Rene
film: Deadwood -tv

TN: Little Sister Death by William Gay
film: Undefeated

TX: An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
TX: Exile by Lisa M. Bradley
TX: Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller
TX: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
TX: Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce
TX: Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
film: Sweethearts of the Gridiron
film: Friday Night Lights -tv

UT: The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
film: Jeremiah Johnson

VT: The Ghost Clause by Howard A. Norman
VT: Life Among The Savages by Shirley Jackson
film: Hope Springs

VA: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz
film: White Right

WA: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
WA: The Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
WA: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
WA: Twin Peaks: the Final Dossier by Mark Frost
film: Paper Tigers

WV: The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
WV: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
West Virginia
film: We Are Marshall

WI: Leviathan by Paul Auster
WI: Revival by Tim Seeley
film: Caddie Woodlawn

WY: The Western Star by Craig Johnson
film: Longmire -tv

DC: Summerlings by Lisa Howorth
DC: The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
film: Legally Blonde 2


  1. I love what you're doing for your challenge. I did a REad a book from each state challenge several years ago and some states were so hard to find a book for. I ended up going with counting them if they even had one significant scene in the state. Good luck! :)


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