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Book recommendations that can teach you something new about all 50 states : NPR

Updated June 1, 202210:07 AM ET, By Meghan Collins Sullivan, Maureen Pao, Miranda Mazariegos Twitter, Fi O’Reilly

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As the summer travel season kicks off, many of us look forward to exploring new places on trips away from home.

To help with this, NPR asked poets laureate, state librarians, bookstore owners and other literary luminaries from all 50 states — plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — to recommend quintessential reads that illuminate where they live.

Here are more than 100 recommendations for you — whether you want to read about somewhere you’re heading, a place you hope to go someday, or somewhere you live and want to get to know better.

Editor’s Note: Pick your state on the source link…


Nominated by Gailmarie Pahmeier, poet laureate of Nevada

How the Light Gets In: New and Collected Poems by Kirk Robertson: Andrei Codrescu has called the late poet Kirk Robertson “the djinn of the desert,” and Willy Vlautin wrote that Robertson’s poems are “dipped into the heart of the West, both what it used to be and what it is today.” I wholeheartedly agree; Robertson’s poetry made me see how our starkly beautiful desert is both brutal and tender. His work led me to make this place my home.

Sweet Promised Land by Robert Laxalt: First published in 1957, this book continues to inspire Nevada writers and those who visit our state. This book is a tender and moving account of the author’s Basque heritage and his love of our state. Before you enjoy a traditional meal at one of Nevada’s historic Basque restaurants, first read this. Its first sentence, in all its elegant simplicity, will have you hooked: “My father was a sheepherder, and his home was the hills.”

Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State edited by Cheryll Glotfelty: Published in 2008, Cheryll Glotfelty’s deeply researched anthology of Nevada literature remains the best source for an introduction to the literary arts in our state. If someone is planning a road trip through Nevada and the American West, this is the book to have. At every stop, there will be a voice to hear, a story told.

Source: Book recommendations that can teach you something new about all 50 states : NPR

In ‘This Time Tomorrow,’ Emma Straub looks at the pieces that make a life : NPR

May 17, 20227:45 AM ET

By Heller McAlpin, May 17, 2022, 7:45 AM ET


Emma Straub’s fifth novel is an entertaining charmer that unleashes the magic of time travel to sweeten its exploration of potentially heavy themes like mortality, the march of time, and how little decisions can alter your life.

In This Time Tomorrow, Alice Stern, faced with the imminent death of her beloved 73-year-old father, confronts her own stasis, stuck for years in the same tiny studio apartment and the same job in the admissions department of the Upper West Side Manhattan private school she attended decades earlier.

When, after a night of too many drinks celebrating her 40th birthday, she wakes up back in her childhood bedroom on the morning of her not-entirely-sweet 16th, she wonders if, by tweaking the day, she can change the way her life and her father’s have played out.

Source: In ‘This Time Tomorrow,’ Emma Straub looks at the pieces that make a life : NPR