Reading the States: Washington

Friday, November 30, 2012


- The Last Town on Earth* by Thomas Mullen
- Twilight* by Stephenie Meyer
- Snow Falling on Cedars* by David Guterson
- Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
- The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
- Annie Jordan: A Novel of Seattle by Mary Brinker Post
- Bread Alone by Judith R. Hendricks
- No-No Boy by John Okada
- The Art of Racing in the Rain* by Garth Stein
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 

- Atomic Farmgirl by Teri Hein
- The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald
- Blazing The Way by Emily Inez Denny
- The Northwest Coast by James Gilchrist Swan
- The Good Rain by Timothy Egan
- Where Bigfoot Walks by Robert Michael Pyle
- The Stranger Beside Me* by Ann Rule
- Starvation Heights by Gregg Olsen
- Skid Road by Murray Cromwell Morgan
- Bretz's Flood by John Soennichsen
- Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch 
- The Boys in the Boat* by Daniel James Brown 

Authors Known for Writing in or about the State:
- Jo Dereske
- Lucile Saunders McDonald

Authors Who Lived Here:
- Chris Crutcher
- Tom Robbins
- Pete Dexter
- Steve Martini
- Glenn Beck
- Raymond Carver

Great Bookstores:

*Books I've Read

Photo by moi.


  1. I always enjoy reading these Reading the States posts. I need to try that sometime.

    BTW, I am not able to reply by email to your comments, however, I wanted to let you know that Flight Behavior; Kingsolver is worth your time IMO - try it. Have a good December Melissa.

  2. I have read quite a few of the Washington books and I love the state. If you are a dog lover, The Art of Racing in the Rain is really good and The Stranger Beside Me is arguably the best true crime book ever written.

  3. Washington is a state that I desperately want to visit. Now I see they have quite a few local bookstores? I'm even more sold :D

  4. I've seen a few there that I've read. I had forgotten about Starvation Heights - fascinating story that.

  5. Diane - Thanks for the tip! I think I will try that one.

    annieb - I didn't love The Art of Racing, but I'll have to try The Stranger Beside Me.

    Nikki - It's just gorgeous! Seattle is one of my favorite cities. If you go you can't skip a visit to Elliott Bay Book Company, it's heaven.

    Alyce - I haven't read that one, I'll check it out!