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April 29, 2022, 1:15 PM

A few years ago, I was home in Brooklyn between college semesters and reading Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy for my experimental fiction class (yes, yes, eye roll away). I had only I complained to a friend that although there is a huge amount of books going on in Brooklyn, no one ever mentions Gravesend, where I am from. Of course, the next passage started in that same neighborhood. Another friend told me that while she was reading this book on a bus in Manhattan, a character ran down the exact same street. I, a nerd, live for this kind of creepy coincidence. There’s something magical about taking your nose out of a book and being in the same setting as the characters.

Now readers can discover books closest to where they live with Books Around America, this cool web tool developed by Crossword Solver using Goodreads data. It also spits out a ton of fun facts, such as: Bisbee, AZ, is home to the highest percentage of mystery novels. Bloomington, IN, is apparently where the romance happens. (It’s not perfect† there was no way The Secret History when I searched Bennington, VT, but to be honest, I think that story was technically set at a generic liberal arts college in the Northeast.)

Anyway, have fun with it. Find yourself in a book.

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