Reading the States: Massachusetts

Friday, June 1, 2012


- Mystic River* by Dennis Lehane
- Little Women* by Louisa May Alcott
- The Bostonians by Henry James
- The Scarlet Letter* by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
- The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
- The Namesake* by Jhumpa Lahiri
- On Beauty* by Zadie Smith
- The Penderwicks* by Jeanne Birdsall
- The Bell Jar* by Sylvia Plath
- Run* by Ann Patchett
- The Heretic's Daughter* by Kathleen Kent
- The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
- Ethan Frome* by Edith Wharton
- The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
- Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
- Faith by Jennifer Haigh
- The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever

- Walden* by Henry David Thoreau
- The Perfect Storm* by Sebastian Junger
- Land's End* by Michael Cunningham
- Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
- A Death in Belmont* by Sebastian Junger
- Running with Scissors* by Augusten Burroughs
- The Wordy Shipmates* by Sarah Vowell
- Hometown by Tracy Kidder
- Upstream by Mary Oliver

Authors Known for Writing in or about the State:
- Henry David Thoreau
- Dennis Lehane

Authors Who Lived Here:
- Louisa May Alcott
- John Updike
- Emily Dickinson
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Jane Yolen
- Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
- Erin Morgenstern
- Tom Perrotta
- John F. Kennedy
- e.e. cummings
- Alice Hoffman

Photo by moi.


annieb said...

Wow, lots of reading material for Mass.

Sandy Nawrot said...

This is where the action is!!! Holy cow. Not only was Commonwealth in Boston, but also a bookstore called "Trident" that was great too. And I'm sure there are a billion books that take place up there, but the one that immediately came to mind was "Faith".

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Sandy - Thanks! I'll add that one in.