Whether you come from the California coastline or the snowy forests of Maine, reading a book set in your home state can make you feel a warm nostalgia for that beloved place.
After scouring the internet and surveying our colleagues on their picks, we rounded up the most famous book set in every state in America.
If you want to see every book in an organized chart, scroll to the end to see our map.
Melissa Stanger contributed reporting on a previous version of this post.
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ALABAMA: “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
When a local attorney is asked to defend an African American man accused of rape, he has to decide between doing what’s right and doing what society expects of him, launching his children right in the middle of the conflict.
This Pulitzer Prize winner is set in Maycomb, a community divided by racism and inspired by Lee’s hometown of Monroeville.
ALASKA: “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer
A young man from a family of money donates all of his savings to charity and abandons his possessions before hitchhiking into the Alaskan wilderness to reinvent himself.
This true story survival-drama was made into a movie of the same name in 2007, directed by Sean Penn and starring Emile Hirsch, shedding light on McCandless’ idealism of a life unburdened by material possessions, as well as the harsh realities of the Alaskan wild.
ARIZONA: “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver
Taylor is well on her way to escaping small-town life. But shortly into her journey to Tucson, where she hopes to start over, a stranger leaves her with a Native American toddler with a traumatic past.
Kingsolver’s story of finding salvation in a barren situation is appropriately set in the Arizona backdrop, and is packed with real places and events.