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Best Books Set in Maryland

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

Maryland is a Mid-Atlantic state that’s defined by its abundant waterways and coastlines on the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Its largest city, Baltimore, has a long history as a major seaport.

Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, home to the National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center. 

Best Books Set in Maryland

Nora Roberts' The Chesapeake Bay Saga
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Roberts, Nora (Author)

The Chesapeake Series

Author: Nora Roberts

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a collection including all four novels in her captivating saga about the lives and loves of four brothers on the windswept shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Skloot, Rebecca (Author)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Author: Rebecca Skloot

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Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family—especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah. Deborah was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Had they killed her to harvest her cells? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance?

The Accidental Tourist: A Novel
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  • Tyler, Anne (Author)

The Accidental Tourist 

Author: Anne Tyler

Travel writer Macon Leary hates travel, adventure, surprises, and anything outside of his routine. Immobilized by grief, Macon is becoming increasingly prickly and alone, anchored by his solitude and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts.

Then he meets Muriel, an eccentric dog trainer too optimistic to let Macon disappear into himself. Despite Macon’s best efforts to remain insulated, Muriel up-ends his solitary, systemized life, catapulting him into the center of a messy, beautiful love story he never imagined.

A fresh and timeless tale of unexpected bliss, The Accidental Tourist showcases Tyler’s talents for making characters—and their relationships—feel both real and magical.

Tess Monaghan
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  • Lippman, Laura (Author)

Tess Monaghan Novel series

Author: Laura Lippman

Until her paper, the Baltimore Star crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was a damn good reporter who knew her hometown intimately — from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill.

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Now gainfully unemployed at twenty-nine, she’s willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent — including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl “Rock” Paxton.

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  • Octavia E. Butler (Author)


Author: Octavia Butler

The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.

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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