Books Set In California and the Pacific Northwest…


From BOOK RIOT

From the Redwoods down to San Diego, California is an incredibly diverse state. Start at the coast to do some surfing, and then drive a couple of hours inland for a ski vacation. Don’t shave and live off the land up in Humbolt County before you cruise down the 5 towards the central coast for some wine tasting. Don’t forget to leave time to get stuck in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and max out your credit cards while running into a few celebrities (or getting trampled by paparazzi). Regardless of what you do, be sure to check out some of the books set in California…

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
The White Album by Joan Didion
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger

The region of the Pacific Northwest is not easy to define. Ask two people and you very well might get two answers. For the purpose of this bookish road trip (of the United States), I shaved it down to Washington and Oregon. Whether you’re a Portlandiafan, a Starbucks fanatic, or an REI frequent customer , we know good things come from the Pacific Northwest. In fact, what other region can boast such an eclectic range of achievement? With the ability to boast outdoor sports opportunities, foodie havens, and indie music’s birthplace; this gaming mecca is also home to some of the country’s Greenest cities. Check out some of the literature set in this vibrant corner of the country.


Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon by Chuck Palahniuk
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

*Might I also note, here, that the Pacific Northwest is setting to many, many romance novels including those of popular authors Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs [and Robin Carr]. (And I would be remiss to not add that it is also where both the Twilight Saga, and the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy take place. So, there’s also that.)
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[Tooting my own horn. My published novels, with the exception of Forgotten Impulses are set in California. Inside Moves in San Francisco, Louie & Women in Santa Cruz, Night Train, a chase from Los Angeles to Oregon, Ruby & Spear in San Francisco and Oakland, Under the Table Books, somewhere in Northern California. Buddha In A Teacup, California. And they’re all available from online new and used book sellers, and very soon, as in August, they will all, with the exception of Inside Moves, be available as e-books. Inside Moves will come out in e-book form in early 2013. And several of these novels are also available as audio books from Audible/Amazon/Itunes. Toot toot! -Todd Walton]

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Tooting my own horn. My published novels, with the exception of Forgotten Impulses are set in California. Inside Moves in San Francisco, Louie & Women in Santa Cruz, Night Train, a chase from Los Angeles to Oregon, Ruby & Spear in San Francisco and Oakland, Under the Table Books, somewhere in Northern California. Buddha In A Teacup, California. And they’re all available from online new and used book sellers, and very soon, as in August, they will all, with the exception of Inside Moves, be available as e-books. Inside Moves will come out in e-book form in early 2013. And several of these novels are also available as audio books from Audible/Amazon/Itunes. Toot toot!

I’d add my VERY old favorite…”Another Roadside Attraction” by Tom Robbins.

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