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Regional & Geographic

Fiction and nonfiction books specific to or taking place in geographic areas. This genre includes regional areas of the United States and foreign countries.

American, South  | American, Northeast  | American, Midwest | American, West & Southwest | American, Northwest | Mexico, Central & South America | Europe | Asia | Africa | Middle East | Australia & New Zealand

American, South

Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier

Cold Sassy Tree – Leaving Cold Sassy
by Olive Ann Burns

Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice
by Raymond Arsenault

Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance

The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs

Prince among Slaves
by Terry Alford

A Redbird Christmas
by Fannie Flagg

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
by Beth Hoffman

Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

To Dance With the White Dog: A Novel of Life, Loss, Mystery and Hope
by Terry Kay

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

American, Northeast

Bread Givers
by Anzia Yezierska

The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty

The Chosen
by Chaim Potok

Christmas Bells
by Jennifer Chiaverini

Davita’s Harp
by Chaim Potok

American, Midwest

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
by Kathleen Norris

Land of the Burnt Thigh
by Edith Eudora Kohl

Lewis and Clark Among the Indians
by James P. Ronda

Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger

Prairie Reunion
by Barbara J. Scot

The Year of Pleasures
by Elizabeth Berg

American, West & Southwest

Angle of Repose
by Wallace Stegner

The Bean Trees
by Barbara Kingsolver

The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler

Dancing at the Rascal Fair
by Ivan Doig

Desert Wife
by Hilda Faunce

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story
by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
by Kevin Fedarko

Faces of Utah: A Portrait
edited by Shannon R. Hoskins

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
by Jeannette Walls

A History of Utah’s American Indians
edited by Forrest S. Cuch

Joe Hill
by Gibbs M. Smith

The Journey of the Diné
by Ellen G. Callister and Robert Maryboy (illustrator)

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella L. Bird

The Last Cowgirl
by Jana Richman

Lewis and Clark Among the Indians
by James P. Ronda

Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah
by Leslie G. Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone

Mormon Country
by Wallace Stegner

News of the World
by Paulette Jiles

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
by Lisa See

by Kent Haruf

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells
by Sarah M. Eden

The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness
by Rick Bass

The Sum of Our Past: Revisiting Pioneer Women
by Judy Busk

These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901: Arizona Territories: A Novel
by Nancy E. Turner

Who Owns the West?
by William Kittredge

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey
by Lillian Schlissel

American, Northwest

Lewis and Clark Among the Indians
by James P. Ronda

Snow Falling on Cedars
by  David Guterson

Mexico, Central America, South America

Bel Canto
by Ann Patchett

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story
by Luis Alberto Urrea

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
by Laura Esquivel

Nothing to Declare : Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone
by Mary Morris

One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel García Márquez

State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett


The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Angela’s Ashes
by Frank McCourt

An Appetite for Violets
by Martine Bailey

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel
by Jess Walter

Beneath a Scarlet Sky
by Mark Sullivan

The Berlin Boxing Club
by Robert Sharenow

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

The Boy in the Suitcase
by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

Chocolat: A Novel
by Joanne Harris

The Day of the Jackal
by Frederick Forsyth

The Death of Bees
by Lisa O’Donnell

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
by Elizabeth Gilbert

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
by Paula Huntley

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Lake House
by Kate Morton

The Little Paris Bookshop
by Nina George

Major Pettigrew’s Last stand
by Helen Simonson

by Leila Aboulela

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
by Fredrik Backman

My Italian Bulldozer
by Alexander McCall Smith

Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
by Jan T. Gross

The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens

That Summer
by Lauren Willig

The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson

A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle

Year of Wonders
by Geraldine Brooks


The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
by Andrew X. Pham

The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
by James Brady

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea
by Hyeonseo Lee

The Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck

My Year of Meats
by Ruth L. Ozeki

Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives
by David Oliver Relin

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang


Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain

Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton

I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson
by Osa Johnson

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
by Immaculée Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass
by Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen]

Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

West with the Night
by Beryl Markham

Middle East

The Butterfly Mosque
by G. Willow Wilson

The Dovekeepers
by Alice Hoffman

The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future
by Fawzia Koofi with Nadene Gourhi

Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

by Leila Aboulela

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
by Nadia Hashimi

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq
by Christina Asquith

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations … One School at a Time
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Australia & New Zealand

The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

Rabbit-Proof Fence
by Doris Pilkington

A Town Like Alice
by Nevil Shute

by Robyn Davidson