A Nonfiction Tour of America: 50 Books for 50 States

Whether you’re staying at home this summer or traveling around to different parts of America, the easiest way to discover what makes this country tick, in ways both maddening and beautiful, is to read some books. To aid you on this virtual journey, Flavorwire has dug up some of the best nonfiction about specific American locations — in this case, our 50 states — and found 50 books that will shed light on every corner of the country.


Alabama: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans

In Agee and Evans’ masterpiece, a work on tenant farmers in Alabama becomes a meditation on the very nature of journalism and reporting, while also remaining a staggering portrayal of rural life during the Depression.