Book a Trip: Adult Reading Suggestions

Alabama - Iowa


To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg

Darling Dahlias series
Susan Wittig Albert

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Jeanne Theoharis

We've Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March
Cynthia Levinson


Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer 

James Michener

North to Alaska
Debbie Macomber

Skeleton Lake: A Nik Kane Alaska Mystery
Mike Doogan

John Muir and the Ice that Started a Fire
Kim Heacox


The Host
Stephenie Meyer

Partner in Crime
J.A. Jance

Mr. Majestyk
Elmore Leonard

Fern Michaels

The Ancient Giants Who Ruled American: the Missing Skeletons and the Great Smithsonian Cover-up
Richard J. Dewhurst


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

The Witness
Nora Roberts

A Painted House
John Grisham

Little Rock Girl 1957
Shelley Tougas

Shakespeare's Landlord
Charlaine Harris


The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion

California Bones
Greg Van Eekhout

Sierra: A Novel of the California Gold Rush
Richard S. Wheeler

The Parrot Who Thought She was a Dog
Nancy Ellis-Bell

Room 13
Henry Garfield


The Shining
Stephen King 

Assault of the Mountain Man
William W. Johnstone

Blackberry Summer
RaeAnne Thayne

Halfway to Heaven: My White-Knuckled and Knuckle-Headed Quest for the Rocky Mountain High
Mark Obmascik

The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers and the Rush to Colorado
Elliott West


The Stepford Wives
Ira Levin

Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates

A Single Thread
Marie Bostwick

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Mark Twain

We Are Water
Wally Lamb


Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk

Hawkes Harbor
S.E. Hinton

The Saint of Lost Things
Christopher Castellani

The Book of Unknown Americans
Cristina Henriquez

A Gentleman's Game
Tom Coyne


Skinny Dip
Carl Hiaasen

Tom Smoot
Deborah Smith
Stuart Woods
Connie May Fowler

The Color Purple
Alice Walker 

A faint cold fearKarin Slaughter
Cold Sassy tree Burns, Olive Ann

The Descendants
Kaui Hart Hemmings 

How to Barter for Paradise
Michael Wigge

Aloha, Mr. Lucky
Corson Hirschfeld

Pearl Harbor: The Day of Infamy
Dan Van der Vat

Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers
Lois-Ann Yamanaka


Marilynne Robinson

Stuart Woods

Blue Heaven
C.J. Box

Robin Lee Hatcher

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
Timothy Egan


The Jungle
Upton Sinclair

Sarah Paretsky

Yada Yada Prayer Group series
Neta Jackson

Life and Times of Al Capone
Tom Stockdale

Days on the Family Farm
Carrie A. Meyer


Brian Kimberling

A Girl Named Zippy
Haven Kimmel

A Cousin's Promise
Wanda Brunstetter

Evil in Carnations
Kate Collins

Into the Prairie: The Pioneers
Roseanne Bittner


A Thousand Acres
Jane Smiley 

Fools Rush In: A Sam McCain Mystery
Ed Gorman

Two Miles an Hour: A Trip
Robert E. Buckley

Found on 16th Avenue
Karen Roth

Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl
Carol Bodensteiner


Kansas - North Dakota


The Persian Pickle Club
Sandra Dallas

Dark Places
Gillian Flynn

Marilynne Robinson

What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Frank Thomas

The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning
Julene Bair


And One Last Thing
Molly Harper

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Kentucky Heat
Fern Michaels

Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer
John Mack Faragher

Sweeping Up Glass
Carolyn Wall

Honky Tonk Girl
Loretta Lynn


Dead Until Dark
Charlaine Harris

Interview With the Vampire
Anne Rice

The Louisiana Purchase: Growth of a Nation
Tim McNeese

Twelve Years a Slave
Solomon Northup

Julie Garwood


Stephen King 

The Way Life Should Be
Christina Baker Kline

Empire Falls
Richard Russo

The From-Aways
C.J. Hauser

The Cider House Rules
John Irving


The Accidental Tourist
Anne Tyler

My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet)
Toby Devens

The Bloody Ground
Bernard Cornwell

Every Secret Thing
Laura Lippman

The Language of Light
Meg Waite Clayton


Running With Scissors
Augusten Burroughs 

The Technologists
Matthew Pearl

The Giant's House: A Romance
Elizabeth McCracken

The Rebellion of Jane Clarke
Sally Gunning

The River King
Alice Hoffman


Jeffrey Eugenides

Love in a Nutshell
Janet Evanovich

The Chocolate Jewel Case: A Chocoholic Mystery
JoAnna Carl

Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison

How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Terry McMillan


Live Bait
P.J. Tracy

Killer LIbrarian
Mary Lou Kirwin

Mad River
John Sandford

Go If You Think It Your Duty: A Minnesota Couple's Civil War Letters
James Madison Bowler

Hit By a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn
Catherine Friend


The Help
Kathryn Stockett

Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History
Paul Schneider

Bonefire of the Vanities
Carolyn Haines

The River Queen
Gilbert Morris

The Affair: A Reacher Novel
Lee Child


Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn

"If You Were Only White:" The Life of Leroy "Satchel" Paige
Donald Spivey

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
Fannie Flagg

Orphan Trains to Missouri
Michael Patrick


The Horse Whisperer
Nicholas Evans

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
Normal MacLean

The Unexpected Patrios: How an Ordinary American Mother is Bringing Terrorists to Justice
Shannen Rossmiller

White Crosses
Larry Watson

A Springwater Christmas
Linda Lael Miller


The Coffins of Little Hope
Timothy Schaffert

My Antonia
Willa Cather

Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen
Bob Greene

Big Red: Three Months on Board a Trident Nuclear Submarine
Douglas Waller


A Nose for Justice
Rita Mae Brown

The Ox-Bow Incident
Walter Van Tilburg Clark

Fool's Gold
Stephen Bly

Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas
Nicholas Pileggi

License to Pawn: Deals, Steals & My Life at the Gold & Silver
Rick Harrison

New Hampshire

Joe Hill

Traveling Sprinkler
Nicholson Baker

Hello Goodbye
Emily Chenoweth

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
Kelly O'Connor McNees

A Separate Peace
John Knowles

New Jersey

An Actual Life
Abigail Thomas

What I Had Before I Had You
Sarah Cornwell

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
Joshua Braff

Palisades Park
Alan Brennert

Junot Diaz

New Mexico

Tyrannosaur Canyon
Douglas J. Preston

Ted Dekker

Robert Parker

Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West
Ruben Martinez

The Day After Roswell
Philip J. Corso

New York

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer 

The Chosen
Chaim Potok

Sunset Park
Paul Auster

Who Will Run the Frog Hospital
Lorrie Moore

Roxanna Robinson

North Carolina

Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks 

North Dakota

The Round House
Louise Erdich 

The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere
Debra K. Marquardt

Nothing to Do But Stay: My Pioneer Mother
Carrie Young

An Untamed Land
Lauraine Snelling

Buffalo Valley
Debbie Macomber


Ohio - Wyoming


Toni Morrison

Winesburg, Ohio
Sherwood Anderson

Silent Witness
Richard North Patterson

A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness - And a Trove of Letters - Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
Ted Gup

Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish
Joe Mackall


Where the Heart Is
Billie Letts

Toni Morrison

Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck

Keep a Little Secret
Dorothy Garlock

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
John Grisham


Cheryl Strayed 

Treasures in the Trunk: Quilts of the Oregon Trail
Mary Bywater Cross

Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes
Rob DeBorde

Oregon City Girls: A Shocking True Story of Abduction and Murder
Linda O'Neal

Thread Reckoning: An Embroidery Mystery
Amanda Lee


The Silver Linings Playbook
Matthew Quick 

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Ayana Mathis

Skeleton Key
Jane Haddam

Baker Towers
Jennifer Haigh

Fragile Beasts
Tawni O'Dell

Rhode Island

My Sister's Keeper
Jodi Piccoult 

Compass Rose
John Casey

The Widows of Eastwick
John Updike

A Hundred Summers
Beatriz Williams

London is the Best City in America
Laura Dave

South Carolina

The Notebook
Nicholas Sparks 

The summer girls Mary Alice Monroe
Kathryn R Wall
South Dakota

61 Hours
Lee Child 

Bachelor Bess: The Homesteading Letters of Elizabeth Corey
Elizabeth Corey

Danielle Steel

The Taking of Libbie, SD
David Housewright

The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
Wendy McClure


The Firm
John Grisham 

The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage and Scandal in the Gilded Age
Myra MacPherson

The Firm
John Grisham

American Legend: The Real Life Adventures of David Crockett
Buddy Levy

Blue Dahlia
Nora Roberts

The Widow of the South
Robert Hicks


Friday Night Lights
H.G. Bissinger 

No Country for Old Men
Cormac McCarthy

Friday Night Lights
H.G. Bissinger

Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25 Year Journey from Prison to Peace
Michael Morton

Wayfaring Stranger
James Lee Burke


Under the Banner of Heaven
Jon Krakauer 

The 19th Wife
David Ebershoff

Cage of Stars
Jacquelyn Mitchard

My Story
Elizabeth Smart

127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Aron Ralston


Dog Gone, Back Soon
Nick Trout

In the Fall
Jeffrey Lent

Abide with Me
Sabin Willett

The World Below
Sue Miller

Christopher A. Bohjalian


Flowers in the Attic
V.C. Andrews 

Pamela Ribon

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple 

Snow Falling on Cedars
David Guterson

The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Ranier
Jim Davidson

Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey
Richard LeMieux

The Way of Women
Lauraine Snelling

West Virginia

Rocket Boys
Homer H. Hickam 

Lark and Termite

Jayne Anne Phillips

Small Town Odds

Jason Headley

Ann Pancake
M. Glenn Taylor

The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach 

Come a Little Closer
Dorothy Garlock

Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
Michael Perry

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Edgar Wroblewski

Coop: A Year of Poultry Pigs, and Parenting
Michael Perry


Brokeback Mountain
Annie Proulx

Bone Fire
Mark Spragg

Close Range: Wyoming Stories
Annie Proulx

Red, White and Blue
Susan Isaacs

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
Ted Kerasote