What's the most popular book set in your state?

Check out this list of the most popular books set in each US state, and get ready to be transported across the country, from the forests of Oregon, to the bayous of Louisiana, and more.
State Title Author Year Published Genre
Alabama To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 1960 fiction, thriller
Alaska Into the Wild Jon Krakauer 1996 biography
Arizona The Host Stephenie Meyer 2008 science fiction, thriller
Arkansas I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou 1969 autobiography
California The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion 2005 memoir
Colorado The Shining Stephen King 1977 fiction, horror
Connecticut The Stepford Wives Ira Levin 1972 science fiction, thriller
Delaware Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk 1996 fiction, satire
Florida Skinny Dip Carl Hiaasen 2004 crime fiction, mystery
Georgia The Color Purple Alice Walker 1982 fiction, epistolary novel
Hawaii The Descendants Kaui Hart Hemmings 2007 domestic fiction
Idaho The Blacker the Berry Wallace Thurman 1929 psychological fiction
Illinois Divergent Veronica Roth 2011 science fiction
Indiana The Fault in Our Stars John Green 2012 fiction, romance
Iowa A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley 1991 fiction, allegory
Kansas Dark Places Gillian Flynn 2009 fiction, thriller
Kentucky And One Last Thing Molly Harper 2010 humorous fiction, romance
Louisiana The Sookie Stackhouse Novels Charlaine Harris 2001 fantasy, romance
Maine Carrie Stephen King 1974 fiction, horror
Maryland The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares 2001 young adult fiction
Massachusetts Running With Scissors Augusten Burroughs 2002 memoir
Michigan Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides 2002 domestic fiction
Minnesota The Long-Shining Waters Danielle Sosin 2011 historical fiction
Mississippi The Help Kathryn Stockett 2009 historical fiction
Missouri Gone Girl Gillian Flynn 2012 fiction, thriller
Montana The Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans 1995 domestic fiction
Nebraska Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell 2012 fiction, romance
Nevada Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson 1971 fictional autobiography
New Hampshire Horns Joe Hill 2010 fiction, horror
New Jersey Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Judy Blume 1970 young adult fiction
New Mexico Tiger Eyes Judy Blume 1981 young adult fiction
New York Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran 2005 fiction
North Carolina Safe Haven Nicholas Sparks 2010 fiction, romance
North Dakota The Round House Louise Erdich 2012 fiction, suspense
Ohio Beloved Toni Morrison 1987 historical fiction
Oklahoma The Outsiders S.E. Hinton 1967 young adult fiction
Oregon Wild Cheryl Strayed 2012 autobiography, biography
Pennsylvania The Silver Linings Playbook Matthew Quick 2008 humorous fiction
Rhode Island My Sister's Keeper Jodi Piccoult 2003 domestic fiction
South Carolina The Notebook Nicholas Sparks 1996 fiction, romance
South Dakota 61 Hours Lee Child 2010 fiction, thriller
Tennessee The Firm John Grisham 1991 fiction, legal thriller
Texas Friday Night Lights H.G. Bissinger 1990 non-fiction
Utah Under the Banner of Heaven Jon Krakauer 2003 true crime
Vermont Pollyanna Eleanor H. Porter 1913 fiction, children's literature
Virginia Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews 1979 fiction, horror
Washington Where'd You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple 2012 humorous fiction
West Virginia Rocket Boys Homer H. Hickam, Jr. 1998 memoir
Wisconsin The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach 2011 sports fiction
Wyoming Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx 1997 fiction, short story

To create our list, we identified the possible contenders by searching for the books set in each state described as "most popular" or "most sold." We did everything we could to track down sales data (e.g., number of total sales, aggregate revenue over time) for each book, but in the absence of clear, reliable data, we used other methods to zero in on the "most popular" contenders. Some of those approaches included using Google Trends, using keyword research tools with the book titles, and using social media mentions. It's not a perfect methodology, but it's as close as we could reasonably come. Enjoy!

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