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Best Books Set in Idaho

Every state is known for something. As you work your way through the list, don't miss the best books set in Idaho.

Idaho is a northwestern U.S. state known for mountainous landscapes and vast swaths of protected wilderness and outdoor recreation areas. The capital, Boise, is set in the Rocky Mountain foothills and is bisected by the Boise River, which is popular for rafting and fishing.

The city’s riverfront Julia Davis Park is a downtown green space containing a rose garden, museums, and a zoo.

Best Books Set in Idaho

Travelers Rest: A Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Morris, Keith Lee (Author)

Travelers Rest

Author: Keith Lee Morris

The Addisons — Julia and Tonio, ten-year-old Dewey, and derelict Uncle Robbie — are driving home, cross-country, after collecting Robbie from yet another trip to rehab.

When a terrifying blizzard strikes outside the town of Good Night, Idaho, they seek refuge in the town at the Travelers Rest, a formerly opulent but now crumbling and eerie hotel where the physical laws of the universe are bent.

Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness
  • Fromm, Pete (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Indian Creek Chronicles

Author: Pete Fromm

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Indian Creek Chronicles is Pete Fromm's account of seven winter months spent alone in a tent in Idaho guarding salmon eggs and coming face to face with the blunt realities of life as a contemporary mountain man. A gripping story of adventure and a modern-day Walden, this contemporary classic established Fromm as one of the West's premier voices.

Idaho: A Novel
  • Ruskovich, Emily (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Idaho: A Novel

Author: Emily Ruskovich

Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves in a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters.

In a story written in exquisite prose and told from multiple perspectives—including Ann, Wade, and Jenny, now in prison—we gradually learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny's lives, of the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and of the memories that reverberate through the lives of every character in Idaho.

What Beauty There Is: A Novel
  • Hardcover Book
  • Anderson, Cory (Author)

What Beauty There Is: A Novel

Author: Cory Anderson

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Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years, Ava’s father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He’s taught her to love no one. But then she meets Jack.

Living in poverty, Jack Dahl is holding his breath. He and his younger brother have nothing―except each other. With their parents gone, Jack faces a stark choice: lose his brother to foster care or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. He chooses the money.

The Other Idahoans - Regular
  • Shallat, Todd (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Other Idahoans

Author: Todd Shallat

Fallen angels in the bawdy houses. Migrants barred from Main Street. Homesteaders were driven from homesteads when August rained black storms of dust. The Other Idahoans recover their hard-luck stories. Volume 7 of Boise State University's prizewinning research series, the book closes with a driving tour of storied places from history's underside.

Now that you've completed the list of best books set in this state, why not check out some others? Here are the Best Books Set in All 50 States.


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