I am Andrea Badgley. I would love to travel the entire United States in person, but until the day we can make that happen, I’m going to travel the States in books.
My husband and I have moved many times: from Georgia to Maryland, to Florida and Maine, to Minnesota, and finally, to Virginia. Each time we relocated, I researched our new home not in welcome bureaus or newcomer guides, but through fiction. Well-set novels taught me about the land and its people, its culture, its history, and its idiosyncracies.
For this blog I hope to visit the entire United States through literature. I plan to read 3 books set in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, with the following authorships represented in every locale:
- non-Caucasian writers
I want to see the state from different points of view. Whenever possible, I would like to read authors who are native to or are longtime residents of the state they set their fiction in, for whom the land is a part of their psyche.
On Andrea Reads America you will find literature capsules from each state and from different regions of the US, favorite quotes, my reaction to books, and tools for locating titles geographically.
If you have a favorite book set in a particular state, in which the sense of place is so memorable it becomes another character in the narrative, I would love to hear from you. Please click the Suggest a title link above and tell me about it. If you are a writer and would like to submit your own story, I have also incorporated a creative nonfiction component to my reading journey. Please check the guidelines on my American Vignette call for submissions. Thank you, and happy literary travels!
About the author
Andrea Badgley holds a B.S. in Ecology, but left that field to raise children and write. Her work appears in Southern Women’s Review, on the Brevity blog, and on The Daily Post at WordPress.com. She grew up on the coast of Georgia and now lives with her husband and two children in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. She writes creative nonfiction on her Butterfly Mind blog, which has been honored with the Freshly Pressed blogging award by the editors at WordPress.com. Follow her on Twitter @andreabadgley.