Quirk’s American Literary Road Trip: Route 2

Posted by Maria Vicente

Quirk's American Literary Road Trip is an adventure across the United States through the printed book. Get out a pen and a piece of paper, 'cause you'll want to write down these titles and begin your imaginary vacation.

The second part of our road trip takes us from Colorado to New York, covering the literary terrain of horror, love stories, and contemporary chick lit. 

The Shining by Stephen King (1977)
Classic thriller where past horrors come to life in an abandoned hotel.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)
True crime exploring deep into the minds of the killers involved in a horrible murder.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)
American classic of a young boy's adventures as he travels from Missouri down the Mississippi River.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (2003)
Innovative love story of an ordinary girl and a man who is displaced through space and time.

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1993)
One woman's attempt to tell her life story.

Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)
Transforming the history of slavery into a powerful novel.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2006)
Unbearable tragedy that is told in a way that celebrates family, memory, and love.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Gossipy novel about the most difficult boss to ever be a boss.


Maria Vicente is a literary agent intern living in Ottawa, Canada. She likes coffee, books, snail mail, and magic. You can find her on Twitter (@MsMariaVicente) or check out her website (mariavicente.com)