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Reading America VII

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’.

THE OVERSTORY
State: Oregon
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In “The Overstory”, Richard Powers tries to take on a unique artistic challenge, framing the narrative of his story around the structure of a tree. In Portland, Oregon, the book examines Mimi Ma’s conversion from corporate worker to environmental activist. “The Overstory” was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES
State: Indiana
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‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler is a novel about Rosemary, a young girl who has just gone off to college. Throughout the book, Rosemary slowly tells the reader about her familly, and their unhappiness, and her life growing up in Indiana. The book was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2014.

TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION
State: Pennsylvania
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Edgar Alan Poe is almost certainly America’s most famous horror writer. In many of the stories in ‘Tales of Mystery and Imagination’ one can see the influence of Philadelphia, where Poe lived while writing some of his most famous yarns, including ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, which is included in this collection.

IMAGINE ME GONE
State: Maine
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“Imagine Me Gone” by Adam Haslett, examines the life of a family impacted by depression. Though the topic is a serious one, the book deals with it with compasion, beautiful prose, and even a touch of levity.

ENEMY WOMEN
State: Missouri
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Set in Missouri during the Civil War, Paulette Jiles’ “Enemy Women” takes a look at one woman who was captured and imprisoned, and her subsequent escape, and journey to try to rebuild a home and family for herself.

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Reading America VI

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’.

SING, UNBURIED SING
State: Mississippi
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Sing, Unburied, Sing, written by Jesmyn Ward, published by Bloomsbury and set in Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, follows a family both literally and figuratively haunted by the past, by memory and by each other.

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
State: South Carolina
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‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead imagines a world where the figurative underground railroad escape route for slaves becomes a literal underground railroad, in a fictionalized version of the antebellum south.

THE INTERPRETER OF MALADIES
State: Connecticut
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The Interpreter of Maladies is renowned author Jhumpa Lahiri’s first published book. The short stories are set all along the New England coast where Lahiri was born and raised.

THE GOOD LORD BIRD
State: West Virginia
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The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride, is a reimagining of John Brown’s famous failed raid on Harpers Ferry, as told by a fictionalized protagonist who witnesses the events.

THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS
State: Delaware
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In Cristina Henriquez’ The Book of Unknown Americans, we find ourselves in Delaware as we journey with a family of immigrants in search of the American Dream.

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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
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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
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“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
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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
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“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
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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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Reading America IV

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’.

EDUCATED
State: Idaho
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Tara Westover’s memoir tells the story of her escape from the cult that she was raised in. The book, which has become an international bestseller, is a gripping story about perseverance and escaping childhood trauma.

BELOVED
State: Ohio
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Toni Morrison’s magnum opus, ‘Beloved’ is a must-read from one of America’s greatest writers. Honestly. It’s one of the best books ever written. Just read it.

THE BELL JAR
State: New York
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Poet Sylvia Plath’s only novel is a semi-autobiographical novel that parallels the author’s own struggles with mental illness. The book examines what it means to feel like as a prisoner inside oneself (hence the title) and its enduring legacy speaks to the brilliant way Plath portrays this.

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
State: Missouri
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Mark Twain’s novel chronicles the adventures of Huck Finn and escaped slave Jim as they journey down the Mississippi river on a raft. It’s a compelling look at how racism is instilled in children, and one boy’s awakening to the horrors of injustice.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
State: Hawaii
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Written in 1951, in ‘From Here to Eternity’ James Jones follows Prew from high to low in this novel set at the advent of the US involvement in WWII and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

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