When you’re a Jersey Girl like me, you like to read a book that’s set in your home state. Nothing wrong with that! More than a few have made their way to my shelf.
But before I share my list, you may be surprised to learn these lesser-known facts about the nation’s most densely populated state:
New Jersey has the most diners in the world.
These famous people and groups are all New Jersey natives: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Redman, Das EFX, Naughty by Nature, Sugar Hill Gang, Lords of the Underground, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifa, Shaq, Judy Blume, Arron Burr, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Frank Sinatra, Grover Cleveland.
New Jersey has the tallest water tower in the world, the Union Watersphere, near Newark Liberty International Airport. It holds 250,000 gallons of well water.
The state seashell is the knobbed whelk and is found on all the 130 miles of Atlantic beaches and in all the bays of New Jersey.
Now take a look at these New Jersey books. Have you read any of them?
Caught by Harlan Coben – fast-moving crime suspense about entrapment, vigilantism, destructive viral marketing and secrets
Onion John by Joseph Krumgold – 1961 Newbery Award winner and coming-of-age story in a small NJ town
Tell No One by Harlan Coben – fast-moving, highly entertaining crime thriller set in the suburbs with a wild chase scene in New York
Their Fifteen Minutes: Biographical Sketches of the Lindbergh Case by Mark W. Falzini – detailed look at the key figures in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping
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