Twenty books were selected representative of notable fiction and non-fiction books for adults, young adults, and children published between the years of 1995 and 2005 either by a New Jersey author, about New Jersey, or using New Jersey locales. Posters were distributed statewide to libraries. The selected titles were:

  • Margaret Brisco. Women in Transition: I am a Wanderer (2004: Publish America)
  • Jim Broderick. Paging New Jersey: A Literary Guide to the Garden State (2003: Rutgers University Press)
  • Michael Capuzzo. Close to Share (2001: Broadway)
  • Mark Di Ionno. Backroads, New Jersey (2003 Rutgers University Press)
  • David Harris Ebenbach Between Camelots (2005: University of Pittsburgh Press)
  • Jim Freda. Fishing the New Jersey Coast. (2001: Burford Books)
  • Peter Genovese. Jersey Diners (1996: Rutgers University Press)
  • Mark Alan Hewitt. Gustav Stickleys Craftsmen Farms (2001: Syracuse University Press)
  • Alice Hoffman. Ice Queen (2005: Little Brown)
  • Robert Kurson. Shadow Divers The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II (2004: Random House)
  • Marc Mappen and Maxine Lurie (editors). Encyclopedia of New Jersey (2004: Rutgers University Press)
  • Wil Mara. Wave (2005: Plexus Publishing)
  • Sibyl E. Moses, African American Women Writers in New Jersey 1836-2000: A Biographical Dictionary and Bibliographic Guide (2003: Rutgers University Press)
  • Jim Murphy. The Great Fire (1995: Scholastic Press)
  • Philip Roth. American Pastoral (1997: Random House) (top vote getter)
  • Helens Stapinski Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History (2002: Random House Trade Paperbacks)
  • Allen St John. Clapton’s Guitar (2005: Free Press)
  • Richard Veil. Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archeology in the Garden State (2002: Rutgers University Press)
  • Sandra L. West. Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2003: Facts on File)
  • Sean Wilentz. The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln (2005: WW Norton & Co.)
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