Reading the States: Indiana

Friday, April 13, 2012


** This is my state, so it was fun to discover a few new authors and books that originated here.

State: INDIANA

Fiction:
- The Fault in Our Stars* by John Green
- God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
- A Girl of the Limberlost* by Gene Stratton-Porter
- Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
- The Circus in Winter* by Cathy Day
- The Inner Circle by T. C. Boyle
- Where the Birds go When it Rains* by Jamie Paul Wesseler
- Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager
- The Stone Diaries* by Carol Shields
- Raintree County by Ross Lockridge
- Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill
- The Magnificent Ambersons* by Booth Tarkington
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler 

Nonfiction:
- A Girl Named Zippy* by Haven Kimmel
- A Lynching in the Heartland Race and Memory in America by James H. Madison
- A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
- She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel 

Authors Known for Writing in or about the State:
- John Green
- Haven Kimmel
- Booth Tarkington

Authors Who Lived Here:
- Ernie Pyle
- Kurt Vonnegut
- Booth Tarkington
- Lew Wallace
- Meg Cabot
- James Whitcomb Riley
- Karen Joy Fowler
- Theodore Dreiser

Great Bookstores:
Half Priced Books (These are in most states, but this is my state and my HPB)
Black Dog Books
Bookmamas
The Two Sisters Bookstore 

*Books I've Read

Photo by moi.

12 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

I'm sitting here thinking that I should be able to whip off a dozen examples of books taking place in IN but I can't think of anything but The Fault in Our Stars! I did get an ARC once that was titled something like "Murders in Southern Indiana" but I gave it to my mom. I'll get back to you on that one!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill.

annieb said...

I was born and raised in Indiana, but I left when I was 20 and I'm now 68. However, although I have lived in 4 other states and consider Nevada my home after 32 years, I still get a little thrill reading about Indiana. I remember my mother trying to get me to read A Girl of the Limberlost when I was young, but I never did. I should try to find a copy (probably not easy).

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Sandy - I added it in, thanks! I actually had a really hard time thinking of any for Indiana, but I was surprised by some of the authors that started out here.

annieb - You'll always be a Hoosier at heart!

Brenna said...

Cheers to Half Price Books! I LOVE that place. When I was single I'd go there about once every two weeks after dinner. I'd get there about 6:30 or 7:00 and next thing I knew they would be announcing their closing at 10. I can seriously spend hours there and the time always passes so quickly. I still go there, just not quite as often and usually not for three hours at a time :)

Anonymous said...

I went to one of Frank Bill's readings a few months ago after I read Crimes in Southern Indiana. He was so down to earth and offered great advice to a group of aspiring writers (not me! I went with a friend who is a writer). His book was disturbing, but well written. I'm really glad it's fiction, let's put it that way! :)

-Care

Jenners said...

Yay for a Girl Named Zippy! I loved that book!!!

Jeanne said...

Magic by the Lake was set in Indiana? I'm going to have to reread that book when I can find it again!

Trish said...

WELL. If you're ever in Dallas then you MUST visit the flagship HPB store because it is the most awesome place in the entire world. I typically only go there on my lunch breaks because otherwise I would be lost for hours.

Hope to read The Fault in our Stars very soon!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Brenna - Me too! I can spend hours.

Care - I hadn't heard of him before, but I'm always interested to find Indiana authros.

Jenners - I did too, but I haven't read the rest of her work yet.

Jeanne - Apparently it's set at a resort in Angola, IN. I never realized that before.

Trish - I would LOVE to go there! If I make it to Dallas it's a must see.

BookQuoter said...

You have a lot of nice authors in your State!!
Have never been to a Half-price book store, so shocking!!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

BookQuoter - Half Priced Books is great! They are all over the country now too, so definitely check one out.