Reading the States: New Jersey

Friday, August 3, 2012


- The Plot Against America* by Philip Roth
- American Pastoral* by Philip Roth 
- The Empress of Weehawken by Irene Dische
- Independence Day by Richard Ford
- Garden State by Rick Moody
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao* by Junot Díaz
- Sloppy Firsts* by Megan McCafferty
- Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret* by Judy Blume
- The Rule of Four* by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
- Drown by Junot Díaz
- The Sportswriter by Richard Ford

- Have a Little Faith* by Mitch Albom
- The Radium Girls* by Kate Moore
- The Pine Barrens, by John McPhee
- Weird N.J. by Mark Moran
- Close to Shore by Michael Capuzzo

Authors Known for Writing in or about the State:
- Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr.
- Janet Evanovich

Authors Who Lived Here:
- Philip Roth
- Ethan Hawke
- Mary Higgins Clark
- Tom Perrotta
- Stephen Colbert
- Junot Díaz

*Books I've Read 

Photo by moi.


Sandy Nawrot said...

And don't forget Stephanie Plum!! Haha!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Sandy - There are so many Plum books I decided just to list Janet Evanovich as writing about the state.

Nikki Steele said...

The Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao is one of my all time favorite "gateway" books. Some guy claims not to like reading and I hand him that one. Works every time.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Nikki - I am planning on reading it this year. I can't believe I've waited so long.