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11 Swing State Books

As the 2016 Presidential campaign nears the finish line, all eyes are on eleven battleground states. For insight into these states that you won’t get from CNN, FoxNews, or MSNBC, check out these literary books set in these critical states.

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    Razor Girl Book Cover Picture
    Razor Girl Book Cover Picture

    Florida

    by Carl Hiaasen

    In Carl Hiaasen’s latest chronicle of the Sunshine State, unforgettable characters collide in a rollicking tale that will have readers so glued to the page, they might forget to vote!
    Razor Girl Book Cover Picture
    Razor Girl Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    A Thousand Acres Book Cover Picture
    A Thousand Acres Book Cover Picture

    Iowa

    by Jane Smiley

    This modern American classic reimagines King Lear as a twentieth-century Iowa farmer who decides to divide his land among his three daughters with tragic consequences.
    A Thousand Acres Book Cover Picture
    A Thousand Acres Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    The Road to Wellville Book Cover Picture
    The Road to Wellville Book Cover Picture

    Michigan

    by T.C. Boyle

    This lively romp set at Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s infamous Battle Creek Spa is just the tonic for voters who need a break from the roar of Election 2016.
    The Road to Wellville Book Cover Picture
    The Road to Wellville Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Book Cover Picture
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Book Cover Picture

    Nevada

    by Hunter S. Thompson

    Looking for an escape from the seemingly surreal headlines? This account of gonzo-journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s epic road trip is just the ticket, just remember to vote before you hit the road.
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Book Cover Picture
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Book Cover Picture

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    The Hotel New Hampshire Book Cover Picture
    The Hotel New Hampshire Book Cover Picture

    New Hampshire

    by John Irving

    Feeling nostalgic about the early months of the campaign, when primary ballots had several candidates, and voters eagerly awaited the Union Leader’s endorsement? Travel back to the Granite State and settle in at the Hotel New Hampshire run by the unforgettable Berry family.
    The Hotel New Hampshire Book Cover Picture
    The Hotel New Hampshire Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Special Topics in Calamity Physics Book Cover Picture
    Special Topics in Calamity Physics Book Cover Picture

    North Carolina

    by Marisha Pessl

    Long thought of as a Red state, many think that North Carolina may vote Blue this year. And while we can’t solve that mystery, we bet that Blue Van Meer could, just as soon as she figures out who’s committing murder at the prestigious St. Gallway School in Stockton, North Carolina.
    Special Topics in Calamity Physics Book Cover Picture
    Special Topics in Calamity Physics Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Bluest Eye Book Cover Picture
    The Bluest Eye Book Cover Picture

    Ohio

    by Toni Morrison

    Race has been one of the cornerstone issues of the election. As timely today as it when it was published in 1970, The Bluest Eye chronicles the challenges of growing up in Depression-era Ohio when you’re a young black girl whose deepest desire is to have blue eyes.
    The Bluest Eye Book Cover Picture
    The Bluest Eye Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $14.95

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    American Rust Book Cover Picture
    American Rust Book Cover Picture

    Pennsylvania

    by Philipp Meyer

    Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation that arise from its loss, perhaps the most timely entry on this list.
    American Rust Book Cover Picture
    American Rust Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Gray Mountain Book Cover Picture
    Gray Mountain Book Cover Picture

    Virginia

    by John Grisham

    There’s been no shortage of campaign rhetoric about the evils of Wall Street, but when a downsized Wall Street lawyer moves from New York City to Brady, Virginia, she discovers that small-town life can be just as perilous.
    Gray Mountain Book Cover Picture
    Gray Mountain Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    A Gate at the Stairs Book Cover Picture
    A Gate at the Stairs Book Cover Picture

    Wisconsin

    by Lorrie Moore

    Millennials have had a huge impact on the election from Bernie Bros to Young Republicans and everything in between. Take Lorrie Moore’s protagonist, Tassie Keltjinm, who leaves her small farming town to go to college in Troy, Wisconsin, “the Athens of the Midwest.” There she finds herself grappling with new ideas and unfamiliar ways of life, as she tries to figure who she is.
    A Gate at the Stairs Book Cover Picture
    A Gate at the Stairs Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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