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Reading Lists

The Jersey Connection

American Pastoral

American Pastoral
This Pulitzter Prize-winning novel is set in Roth's hometown of Newark where the "perfect" lives of the 50's unravel during the turbulent 60's. There are even some scenes in Morristown.

Death of a Princeton President

Waldron's mysteries take place in the town of Princeton and at Princeton University where she lived and worked for many years. In this whodunnit, the first female president of Princeton is murdered and Professor McLeod Delaney must face the administration's stonewalling and a host of shady suspects to discover who placed her highly-esteemed former colleague on permanent sabbatical.

Tell No One

Tell No One
Harlan Coben lives in New Jersey and many of his thrillers take place here. His characters drive the Turnpike, go to the Landmark Restaurant in Livingston and get delayed at Newark Liberty Airport. This novel involves the murder of a pediatrician's wife and the mysterious email that indicates that she may still be alive.


Author Judy Blume grew up in Elizabeth, NJ and is best known for her children's books. This was her first adult novel and features a New Jersey housewife in the 1970's who is disillusioned with her husband, children and lifestyle.

Hot on the Trail

Isenberg is a mystery writer whose heroine, Professor Bel Barrett, teaches English at the fictional River Edge Community College in Jersey City. One critic said "Bel Barrett is Stephanie Plum twenty-five years later."

Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved
One of New Jersey's most famous residents, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born and raised in Englewood. She is best known for her nonfiction, but also penned this excellent novel. The action takes place around a wedding and each character reveals a unique insight into love and marriage.

The Bliss Case

Mr. Rockland hails from Morristown and is known for his non-fiction writing. He penned this novel in the 1970's about a professor in New Jersey who abandons his family, friends and career to join a religious commune in India. His latest novel, Stones, takes place in New York.

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home
A murder in Mendham, New Jersey is the deadly secret in this mystery by best-selling author Mary Higgens Clark, who lives in Saddle River and Spring Lake. You may also enjoy On the Street Where You Live with a Spring Lake locale.

The Barrens

This "Jersey" centered work by Princeton professor and celebrated author, Joyce Carol Oates, is a psychological thriller set in the Pine Barrens.

The Lost Legends of New Jersey

The Lost Legends of New Jersey
A dysfunctional family and a relationship with a troubled girl deeply affect a young man coming of age in the 1980's in Livingston, New Jersey.

Liberty Tavern

Fleming is originally from Jersey City and has set this historical novel in New Jersey during the American Revolution.

Take the Bait

The author lives in Morristown and writes mysteries that take place in the Adirondacks. Also try Swallow the Hook.

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