Depending On Which State You’re From, These Are The Books You Need To Read

State pride and a deep connection to your original home are two things you never quite grow out of.

Even if you couldn’t wait to get away from where you were born and grew up, you’ll always be tied to that place. Because of that everlasting link to a home state, Kristin Iversen of Brooklyn magazine created a list of must-read books for every state in the U.S. There are certain books that are just perfect for people from each state.

Granted, it’s difficult to accurately make assumptions about a group of people from an entire state, but this list is full of books that people can identify with, whether that’s because of personalities, local culture, or history.

Give this a look — what’s your state’s book?

These are the perfect books for every state (via Brooklyn magazine).

1. ALABAMA: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

2. ALASKA: Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer

3. ARIZONA: Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy

4. ARKANSAS: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

5. CALIFORNIA (Southern): The White Boy Shuffle, Paul Beatty

6. CALIFORNIA (Northern): Suicide Blonde, Darcey Steinke

7. COLORADO: Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner

8. CONNECTICUT: Nine Stories, “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut,” J.D. Salinger

9. DELAWARE: The Good Lord Bird, James McBride

10. FLORIDA: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

11. GEORGIA: Cane, Jean Toomer

12. HAWAII: The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings

13. IDAHO: Train Dreams, Denis Johnson

14. ILLINOIS: Native Son, Richard Wright

15. INDIANA: The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields

16. IOWA: Gilead, Marilynne Robinson

17. KANSAS: In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

18. KENTUCKY: Beloved, Toni Morrison

19. LOUISIANA: All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren

20. MAINE: Carrie, Stephen King

21. MARYLAND: Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson

22. MASSACHUSETTS: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

23. MICHIGAN: Split Images, Elmore Leonard

24. MINNESOTA: Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, Maud Hart Lovelace

25. MISSISSIPPI: Long Division, Kiese Laymon

26. MISSOURI: Stoner, John Williams

27. MONTANA: Legends of the Fall, Jim Harrison

28. NEBRASKA: Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

29. NEVADA: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson

30. NEW HAMPSHIRE: A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

31. NEW JERSEY: American Pastoral, Philip Roth

32. NEW MEXICO: Leave Her to Heaven, Ben Ames Williams

33. NEW YORK: Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, Joyce Carol Oates

34. NORTH CAROLINA: Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe

35. NORTH DAKOTA: The Round House, Louise Erdrich

36. OHIO: The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

37. OKLAHOMA: The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

38. OREGON: No One Belongs Here More Than You, Miranda July

39. PENNSYLVANIA: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon

40. RHODE ISLAND: The Witches of Eastwick, John Updike

41. SOUTH CAROLINA: Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison

42. SOUTH DAKOTA: Little Town on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder

43. TEXAS: Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry

44. TENNESSEE: Child of God, Cormac McCarthy

45. UTAH: The Executioner’s Song, Norman Mailer

46. VIRGINIA: The Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron

47. VERMONT: The Secret History, Donna Tartt

48. WYOMING: Close Range: Wyoming Stories, “Brokeback Mountain,” E. Annie Proulx

49. WISCONSIN: The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

50. WASHINGTON: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie

51. WASHINGTON, D.C.: You Are One of Them, Elliott Holt

52. WEST VIRGINIA: The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls

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