101 Great New Jersey Books List

GENERAL HISTORY

1. Patricia Bonomi – The Lord Cornbury Scandal: the Politics of Reputation in British America

2. Charles Boyer – Old Inns and Taverns in West Jersey

3. John Cunningham – This Is New Jersey

4. Giles Wright – “Steal Away, Steal Away”: a Guide to the Underground Railroad in New Jersey

5. Graham Russell Hodges — Slavery and Freedom in the Rural North: African Americans in Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1665-1865

6. Michael Immersa – Newark’s Little Italy: the Vanished First Ward

7. Nelson Johnson – Boardwalk Empire: the Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City

8. Robert Kurson – Shadow Divers: the True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II

9. Marc Mappen – Jerseyana: the Underside of New Jersey History

10. Dermot Quinn – The Irish in New Jersey: Four Centuries of American Life

FICTION (SET IN NJ)

1. Mary Higgins Clark – On the Street Where You Live

2. Harlen Coben – Fade Away

3. Junot Diaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

4. Janet Evanovich – Four to Score

5. Richard Ford – The Bascombe Novels

6. Nathan Heard – Howard Street: a Novel

7. Curtis Lucas – Third Ward, Newark

8. Joyce Carol Oates (ed.) – New Jersey Noir

9. Philip Roth – Goodbye, Columbus

10. Joe Vallese & Alicia Beale – What’s Your Exit?: a Literary Detour Through New Jersey

CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS

1. Judy Blume – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

2. Eileen Cameron – G is for Garden State: a New Jersey Alphabet

3. Wende and Harry Devlin – Cranberry Thanksgiving

4. David Lubar – Dunk

5. Joyce McDonald – Swallowing Stones

6. Carol Plum-Ucci – The Body of Christopher Creed

7. Mary Pope Osborne – Revolutionary War on Wednesday

8. Ann Rinaldi – Time Enough for Drums

9. Gertrude Chandler Warner – The Boxcar Children: The Boardwalk Mystery

10. David Wiesner – Flotsam

SCIENCE, BUSINESS & NATURE

1. Thomas Belton – Protecting New Jersey’s Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Garden State

2. Joanna Burger – A Naturalist Along the Jersey Shore

3. Jack Connor – Season at the Point: the Birds and Birders of Cape May

4. Ernest Freeberg – The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America

5. Jon Gertner – The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

6. Wheaton Lane – From Indian Trail to Iron Horse: Travel and Transportation in New Jersey, 1620-1860

7. John McPhee – The Pine Barrens

8. Robert Sullivan – The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures at the Edge of a City

9. Richard Veit – Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State

10. Peter Wacker & Paul Clemens – Land Use in Early New Jersey: a Historical Geography

POLITICS

1. Paul Clemens – The Uses of Abundance: a History of New Jersey’s Economy

2. Ovid Demaris – The Boardwalk Jungle

3. Steven Hart – The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America’s First Superhighway

4. Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure – The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption

5. Alan Karcher – New Jersey’s Multiple Municipal Madness

6. Duane Lockard – The New Jersey Governor: A Study in Political Power

7. Richard McCormick – New Jersey: From Colony to State, 1609-1789

8. Gerald Pomper – The Political State of New Jersey

9. Salmore & Salmore – New Jersey Politics and Government: the Suburbs Come of Age

10. John Wefing – The Life and Times of Richard J. Hughes: the Politics of Civility

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

1. Martin Duberman – Paul Robeson: A Biography

2. Gillan, Gillan and Giunta – Italian American Writers on New Jersey

3. Howard Greenfeld – Ben Shahn: An Artist’s Life

4. Walter Isaacson – Einstein: His Life and Universe

5. S. Mitra Kalita – Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America

6. Sylvia Nasar – A Beautiful Mind: a Biography of John Forbes Nash,Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994

7. Amy Schapiro – Millicent Fenwick: Her Way

8. James Still – Early Recollections and Life of Dr. James Still

9. Patricia Tyson Stroud – The Man Who Had Been King: the American Exile of Napoleon’s Brother Joseph

10. Mary Walton – A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot

NEW JERSEY AT WAR

1. Michael S. Adelberg – The American Revolution in Monmouth County: The Theatre of Spoil and Destruction

2. Joseph Bilby – “Remember You Are Jerseymen!”: a Military History of New Jersey’s Troops in the Civil War

3. Joseph G. Bilby, ed. – New Jersey Goes to War: Biographies of 150 New Jerseyans Caught up in the Struggle of the Civil War

4. Kevin Coyne -Marching Home : to War and Back with the Men of One American Town

5. Mark Di Ionno – A Guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Trail : for Families and History Buffs

6. David Hackett Fisher – Washington’s Crossing

7. William Gillette – Jersey Blue: Civil War Politics in New Jersey, 1854-1865

8. Arthur Lefkowitz – The Long Retreat: The Calamitous American Defense of New Jersey, 1776

9. Mark Lender – One State in Arms: a Short Military History of New Jersey

10. David McCullogh – 1776

ARTS & POETRY

1. Meredith Bzdak and Douglas Petersen – Public Sculpture in New Jersey : Monuments to Collective Identity

2. Walter Choroszewski – New Jersey, a photographic celebration

3. Alan Ginsburg – Howl

4. Robert P. Guter – Building by the Book: Pattern Book Architecture in New Jersey

5. Joyce Kilmer – Trees and Other Poems

6. Robert Pinsky – Jersey Rain

7. John R.Quinn – Fields of Sun and Grass: An Artist’s Journal of the New Jersey Meadowlands.

8. Gerald Stern – This Time: New and Selected Poems

9. Lynd Ward – Vertigo

10. Walt Whitman – Leaves of Grass

11. William Carlos Williams – Paterson

REFERENCE

1. Joan Burstyn – Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women

2. The Lenape-Delaware Indian Heritage:10,000 BC to AD 2000, By Herbert C. Kraft.

3. Joseph Felcone – New Jersey Books. Vols. I & II.

4. Maxine Lurie & Marc Mappen – Encyclopedia of New Jersey

5. Maxine Lurie, Peter Wacker ( eds.) & Michael Siegel – Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape

6. Clement Price – Freedom Not Far Distant: a Documentary History of Afro-Americans in New Jersey

7. Helen Schwartz – The New Jersey House

8. Donald Sinclair – New Jersey Biographical Index: covering some 100,000 biographies and associated portraits in 237 New Jersey cyclopedias, histories, yearbooks, periodicals and other collective biographical sources published to about 1980

9. Skinder-Strauss Associates (pub.) – Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey

10. John Snyder – The Mapping of New Jersey: the Men and the Art

RECENTLY PUBLISHED

1. Peter Ames Carlin – Bruce

2. Junot Diaz – This is How You Lose Her

3. Mark Di Ionno – The Last Newspaperman

4. Charles Graeber – The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

5. George Kirsch – Six Guys from Hackensack: Coming of Age in the Real New Jersey

6. Cathy D. Knepper – Jersey Justice: The Story of the Trenton Six

7. Marc Mappen – Prohibition Gangsters: the Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation

8. Barksdale Maynard – Princeton, America’s Campus

9. Holly Metz – Killing the Poormaster: a Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression

10. Maxine Lurie and Richard Veit – New Jersey: A History of the Garden State

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