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Books inspired by the United States

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your United States holiday

Tales of the City

Armistead Maupin

Bored secretary Mary Ann Singleton visits San Francisco on holiday and decides to stay, leaving her dull life in Cleveland behind. She finds accommodation in the home of colourful Anna Madrigal, and meets a wonderfully eclectic mix of people. Set in the late '70s, it's absorbingly easy to read and will leave you fully invested in the lives of its characters. This fabulous novel inspired me to travel to San Francisco! - Claire Harris, travel-lover, Kent


Don DeLillo

Follows an eventful day in the life of Eric, a self-made billionaire who gets stuck in traffic in the back of his limo on a journey across New York to get a haircut. He conducts his business and his life from the confined space, his bodyguards worried that he may be a target. Complex but uniquely matter-of-fact, this book will challenge you and make you think.

The Godfather

Mario Puzo

The classic novel about Don Corleone and his crime family set in New York's criminal underworld.

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

A profound and beautifully-written novel about four ambitious US college friends who move to New York to begin their lives and careers after graduating. Deeply disturbing, but with an enduring human love and kindness, this book will move you in a way that none has before. Everyone should read it.

The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

A coming of age story about Esperanza, a Hispanic child in Chicago, told through a series of vignettes as she attempts to make sense of life and find her own path in a foreign world. Vividly written with Chicago as an interesting backdrop.

United States Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


18th May 2022 by Hand Luggage Only

12 very best things to do in Albany, New York

Being the capital, Albany is a totally great spot to visit whilst visiting some of the top spots in New York State. Yes, it’s a city that’s sometimes overshadowed by its Sibling city, New York, but it’s certainly worth visiting – especially when driving the eastern fringes towards Vermont. Trust me, there’s a heap of the very best things to do in Albany that’s just perfect for a little gander. ...


27th April 2022 by PommieTravels

Weekend in Chicago: Itinerary for 3 days in Chicago + map

I first visited Chicago all the way back in 2010 and my recollection of the city had become somewhat hazy so I decided it was high time I go back. This time I returned to The Windy City with the sole purpose of writing this detailed weekend itinerary so I hope you find it useful! I’ve visited in both summertime and winter now and I’d suggest visiting in summer if you can. Winter is just brutal and with that wind, it makes it difficult to walk around for too long. Summertime brings warmer...


25th April 2022 by PommieTravels

5 best beaches in Miami

A summer in Miami is a dream, for many. But it is something that can become a reality, maybe this summer! With Pommie Travels, you will see how to make your next vacation as amazing as possible. In addition, here you can find everything you need to know when planning a trip. Below is a list of the best beaches in Miami for you to choose from, depending on your needs and preferences, of course....


13th April 2022 by Two Monkey's Travel

6 best things to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee and where to stay

Chattanooga is a city located in the southeastern part of Tennessee. It is especially popular with climbers as it has more rock in a 25-mile radius than Boulder, Colorado. But what are the other things you can do here? Check out our list below of the places to visit and things to do in Chatanooga, Tennessee....


12th April 2022 by Two Monkey's Travel

Doors Off Helicopter Adventure – Magnum helicopters ride in Oahu, Hawaii!

My doors off helicopter adventure with Magnum Helicopters is one of the highlights of my Hawaii trip! Let me share it with you! When in Hawaii, people usually think of going cruising, snorkelling, diving, and other island sports. However, some tourists are not familiar with helicopter rides overlooking the stunning islands of Hawaii! ...


7th March 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

Pirate Alley in New Orleans and one of history’s strangest stories

Not every city has a street named Pirates Alley. But even among those that do, it's probably not common to see the inky crescent of a pirate hat bobbing along the walkway.  It's stark and suspiciously…small. The hat, bright with skull and crossbones, comes with a gleaming cutlass and a clenched hand which pauses outside the bars of a dungeon. Another pause. And then a small drawstring bag is retrieved, fingers uncurling, gold coins tumbling. Treasure, discovering.  Chocolate. Gold...


3rd March 2022 by Two Monkey's Travel

10 best things to do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city in Pennsylvania and is also the largest. It is popularly known for its rich history in which you can discover once you decided to have a tour here. From the Liberty Bell to the Independence Hall, this part of Pennsylvania will help you understand more about US History. Check out our list below of the things to do in Philadelphia....