Reading America V

They say reading takes you places, and our ‘Reading America’ project is designed to do just that. Each Friday, we put out a short video recommending a book set in a particular American state. In this way, we hope you can get a feel for the different cultures and geographies that make up the United States of America. Here are five more books from across the USA that we really think you should ‘check out’.

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES
State: Texas
Read the E-book here

The first book in Cormac McCarthy’s border trilogy, “All the Pretty Horses” tells the story of a young rancher living on the Texas-Mexican border who raises and trains horses.

THE MIRACLE LIFE OF EDGAR MINT
State: Arizona
Read the E-book here

“The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint” by Brady Udall tells the sometimes heartbreaking story of a half-Apache mostly-orphaned boy as he navigates his way through life.

AMERICAN GODS
State: Wisconsin
Read the E-book here

Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” is an epic fantasy where ancient Gods are discovered in human form along an incredible road trip through America. The best part about the book though? Its description of roadside tourist traps.

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
State: Florida
Read the E-book here

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” is Harlem Renaissance author Zorah Neale Hurston’s magnum opus. Featuring a strong female protagonist and compelling love story with exquisitely rendered characters, it’s no wonder this book has become part of the American canon.

THE MAGICIAN’S ASSISTANT
State: Nebraska
Read the E-book here

Though not the most well-known of Ann Patchett’s books, “The Magician’s Assistant” is still one of her best. Beautifully written with a poignant yet sweet plot, this book is truly… magical.

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