National Pennsylvania Day

July 20 is National Pennsylvania Day! As the second state of the United States, there are lots of things to celebrate about the Keystone State. The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed in Philadelphia*; the first polio vaccine was developed at the University of Pittsburgh*; and the Pittsburgh Pirates was one of two of the first teams to play in the first ever World Series (baseball)*.

In honor of National Pennsylvania Day, The Running Bibliophile put together a list of books that take place in Pennsylvania. So, light a candle, grab some wine and Hershey chocolate, and slip into a bubble bath while checking out these books set in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Taking place in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie in that awkward time in life between childhood and adulthood as he navigates his freshman year of high school. Topics include sexuality, drugs, and mental health while referencing pop culture items such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was made into a movie and came out in theaters in 2012.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Lovely Bones is told from the character's perspective of Susie Salmon, a girl who was raped and murdered. From heaven, the readers watch Susie's family and friends wanting the killer to be caught and grieving along the way, already knowing what they do not know. The Lovely Bones was made into a movie and came out in theaters in 2009.

Christine by Stephen King
Spotting a dilapidated 1958 Plymouth Fury for sale, Arnie decides he just has to have the car dubbed Christine by it's current owner. He becomes obssessed with fixing the car up, and the car gives him a new found confidence that he has always lacked . . . Arnie starts standing up for himself when he's picked on and even has the nerve to start dating one of the most beautiful girls in school. Unbeknownst to Arnie, the car has a dark past, and nothing will get in its way. In 1983, Christine made its appearance in the form of a horror movie.

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