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Best Books Set in Kansas

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

Kansas is a state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka, its most populous county is Johnson County and its largest city is Wichita. Kansas is a landlocked state bordered by Nebraska to the north; Missouri to the east; Oklahoma to the south; and Colorado to the west.

Best Books Set in Kansas

In Cold Blood
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  • Truman Capote (Author)

In Cold Blood

Author: Truman Capote

In one of the first non-fiction novels ever written, Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, generating both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. 

In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

Little House on the Prairie (Little House, No 3)
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie, paperback
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls (Author)

Little House on the Prairie

Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie is the third book in the award-winning Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams.

Mr Bridge And Mrs Bridge
  • Evan S. Connell (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Mr. Bridge And Mrs. Bridge

Author: Evan S. Connell

Evan S. Connell's critically acclaimed novels feature Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, a clean-cut Kansas City couple who find their traditional roles challenged by a changing world.

As adventurous, free-thinking friends introduce new ideas into their household, Mrs. Bridge begins to question the life she has led as one by one her children leave home, but not for the lives she wished for them.

Mrs. Bridge feels as if the world she built with her husband is crumbling, brick by brick, but Mr. Bridge remains resolute, a firm believer in his family and his place at the head of the table.

Gabriel's Story: A Novel (Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award)
  • Durham, David Anthony (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Gabriel's Story

Author: David Anthony Durham

When Gabriel Lynch moves with his mother and brother from a brownstone in Baltimore to a dirt-floor hovel on a homestead in Kansas, he is not pleased. He does not dislike his new stepfather, a former slave, but he has no desire to submit to a life of drudgery and toil on the untamed prairie.

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So he joins up with a motley crew headed for Texas only to be sucked into an ever-westward wandering replete with a mindless violence he can neither abet nor avoid–a terrifying trek he penitently fears may never allow for a safe return.

David Anthony Durham is a genuine talent bent on devastating originalityandGabriel’s Story is as formidable a debut as we have witnessed.

Moon Over Manifest
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  • Clare Vanderpool (Author)

Moon Over Manifest

Author: Clare Vanderpool

Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.

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