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Old 17 November 2013, 05:40 PM
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United States Most Famous Book Set in each state

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Kinda bummed itho the best NC has to offer is Nick Sparks.
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Old 17 November 2013, 06:28 PM
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I'd rather any of several for Georgia over Gone With the Wind, particularly something like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. But the topic is 'most famous' so GWTW is a proper choice.
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Old 17 November 2013, 09:56 PM
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I'm not sure how they formulated their links, but I disagree with the choice for Michigan.
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Old 17 November 2013, 11:50 PM
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I didn't know my state was the setting of a Toni Morrison novel. Then again, I'm not exactly leaping with joy to read it: my experience with Toni Morrison is that her novels are so depressing, which makes sense given what she writes about.
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Old 18 November 2013, 12:20 AM
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It would be nice if they had tooltips or at least some sort of information to explain the two-letter abbreviations for the states. I know or can guess most of them, but I have to think about them and I can't even guess which of the ones beginning with "M" is which... Having to cross reference with Wikipedia is annoying.

I thought clicking on the image might give more information, but the "magnify" option just gives you a smaller version!
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Old 18 November 2013, 01:58 AM
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Great, we get Twilight, not Snow Falling on Cedars.
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Old 18 November 2013, 02:40 AM
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I would have guessed The Yearling or Their Eyes Were Watching God as the Florida book.

(I'm not sure if To Have and Have Not is even one of Hemingway's most famous novels. I didn't know it took place in Florida, and it was never mentioned, much less taught, when I went to school, whereas other Florida-based novels such as Alas, Babylon and even Carl Hiaasen's Stormy Weather were assigned reading in high school.)
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Old 18 November 2013, 03:06 AM
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I'm not sure how they formulated their links, but I disagree with the choice for Michigan.
The standard is 'most famous' - what would you propose instead?
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Great, we get Twilight, not Snow Falling on Cedars.
But Twilight is more famous, at least currently.

For Alaska, I would say Call of the Wild rather than Into the Wild.
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Old 18 November 2013, 03:20 AM
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I would have guessed "The Bridges of Madison County" for Iowa.
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Old 18 November 2013, 03:46 AM
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Personally, I like the Nick Adams stories by Hemingway, but I am not sure how famous the book is or if an anthology counts.

Them by Joyce Carrol Oates and Middlesex come to mind. I have got to believe that Mitch Albom set at least one of his books in this state.
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Old 18 November 2013, 07:45 AM
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I would have guessed "The Bridges of Madison County" for Iowa.
I was expecting to see that somewhere too, but I haven't read it so I didn't know which state it was set in, and thought it might have been bumped by something even more famous. But I've not heard of the book they actually do have for Iowa.

(eta) I've read unusually few of them - only six that I'm sure of. I don't even think I've read either of those Stephen Kings - I certainly don't own them, but I still read books from the library back then and I know I've read more than I own. I might have read Carrie but I'm sure I'd remember if I'd read The Shining.
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Old 18 November 2013, 08:41 AM
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A Thousand Acres for Iowa? But it's a terrible book.

There have got to be more famous books set in Michigan. [Rummages around google] Why not Anatomy of a Murder?
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Old 18 November 2013, 01:49 PM
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To be fair, "most famous" does not rule out terrible.

I'm not familiar with the David Foster Wallace novel selected for Ohio. I'm not sure what book would be more famous, though. In the early 1980s I would have suggested And Ladies of the Club.
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Old 18 November 2013, 01:58 PM
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But I've not heard of the book they actually do have for Iowa.
I am relieved that I'm not the only one who has never heard of some books on the list. (Iowa's does look vaguely familiar to me, though I haven't read it.)

I have not only heard of, but actually read, their selection for New York. I don't like it, though (that is, I can see why they chose it for the list; but I don't like the book.)

ETA: I'm sure I've read twelve of them. There are several more that I might have read a long time ago, or might just have heard so much about that I know about as much about them as I might about a book I read a long time ago. I have heard of most of them; but not all.

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Old 18 November 2013, 02:23 PM
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... Florida-based novels such as Alas, Babylon and even Carl Hiaasen's Stormy Weather were assigned reading in high school.)
I love "Alas, Babylon"! It wasn't assigned reading here, but my grade 9 English teacher recommended it to me (waaay back in '76) and it remains one of my all-time favourite novels.

For many of these, I wonder how famous they would be without the movie accompanying them. For instance, "Wizard of Oz" is a huge part of our culture, but it's the movie, not the novel, that everyone references. As Cervus says, "To Have and Have Not" isn't necessarily a much-read book, but the Bogart and Bacall film is a classic. Even "Gone With the Wind", while likely able to stand on its own as a famous novel, has to be helped by the movie's greatness.

Still, an interesting list.
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Old 18 November 2013, 02:28 PM
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It would be nice if they had tooltips or at least some sort of information to explain the two-letter abbreviations for the states. I know or can guess most of them, but I have to think about them and I can't even guess which of the ones beginning with "M" is which... Having to cross reference with Wikipedia is annoying.

I thought clicking on the image might give more information, but the "magnify" option just gives you a smaller version!
Ugh. I was going to be helpful and redo the list with state names for you, but it's an image, so I can't copy and paste. Very annoying.

I knew Maine would be a Stephen King book, but is Carrie his most famous, or did they just pull one at random?

ETA: It occurred to me, after reading this list, that a lot of my favorite books are not set in this country, or even on this planet.
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Old 18 November 2013, 02:38 PM
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Shouldn't Grapes of Wrath or even Cannery Row represent California, rather than East of Eden?
Of course, G of W might represent Oklahoma too, and is far more famous than what was used, but then only a few chapters were in OK.
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Old 18 November 2013, 02:54 PM
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Great, we get Twilight, not Snow Falling on Cedars.
I was hoping for that, or for something by Sherman Alexie.

But as Lainie said, famous doesn't necessarily mean good.

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Hijackably, I loved Snow Falling on Cedars.
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Old 18 November 2013, 03:38 PM
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I knew Maine would be a Stephen King book, but is Carrie his most famous, or did they just pull one at random?
I would have said It was more famous, and that's also set in Maine. I wondered if it was because Derry (Maine) is fictional, but apparently so is Chamberlain (Maine), the town that Carrie is set in. Carrie is still one of his most famous books though.

(Some others that might be more famous aren't set there - The Shining is already on the list for a different state. And The Dark Tower series aren't even set in this world).
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