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Given the incredibly vast size of the USA I had quite a difficult time narrowing it down to just ten titles. But, since this was my personal list based on my own reading history, I eventually got over the notion that I would even come close to doing AmLit any justice. The other thing that was paramount in my mind as I selected my list, is that I did not want to choose anything too obvious, and I specifically tried to stay away from those grand classics of American literature that every Tom, Dick, and Harry might rattle off the top of their heads. I also made a conscious effort to include "newer" things. A quick glance at my list will show that I didn't do too well on this front. I think only two of them were written this century.
If you want to here more about why I selected the books I did, you will have to listen to the podcast. But my question to you is: If you had to come up with ten books that you think best represent your country, what would they be?
New York - Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin
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New England - The Magnificent Spinster by May Sarton
Washington, DC - Echo House by Ward Just
The South - Deliverance by James Dickey
Chicago - Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Midwest - Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Southwest - The Professor's House by Willa Cather
Southern California - A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'Brien
Northern California - Tales of the City by Armisted Maupin