I’ve only been to Seattle once (what? I’m new here.), but that didn’t stop me from cracking up on nearly every page of Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Her lovingly satirical depiction of the city gave me an idea: What better way to get to know the West than by reading books set in it? I took to Twitter for your recommendations and found out you guys love Steinbeck. You are so cool.