Books about the Hudson Valley

Published
Books about Hudson Valley header

When I’m planning a trip, I like to learn as much about that place as possible.  Something that helps give me a sense of a place, beyond blogs, is to read books set there, or history books about it. 

Here are books to inspire you for your trip to Hudson Valley.

No time to discover some great books about the Hudson Valley? Pin It and save it for later:

Please note this post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission, at zero cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. Please see our full Disclosure for more information. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Books about the Hudson Valley

Hidden History of the Mid-Hudson Valley: Stories from the Albany Post Road (2011)

Carney Rhinevault and Tatiana Rhinevault

This is an easy introduction to the history of the Hudson Valley, based on stories of things that happened and people who lived along the Albany Post Road, the main road between New York City and the state capital in Albany in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

There are plenty of fascinating fun facts, events and characters, including safe houses on the Underground Railroad, riots, spies and more.  Worth a read if you are interested in history.

>> BUY A COPY HERE

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle

Washington Irving

Two short stories that are legendary in American literature.  TBH, when I read Sleep Hollow recently, I was underwhelmed and not at all scared.  But it is fun to visit Sleepy Hollow in the southern end of the Hudson Valley and see where it was set.  

Rip Van Winkle, a classic story of a man in the Catskill Mountains who fell asleep for twenty years, was supposedly inspired by the views of the Catskills from Poet’s Walk, so why not read the book, visit Poets’ Walk and then drive up into the Catskills yourself?

>> BUY AN ILLUSTRATED COPY OF BOTH BOOKS HERE

A Violet Season: A Novel (2012)

Kathy Leonard Czepiel 

Set on a violet farm in the Hudson Valley in the late 1800’s, this saga about a mother and daughter is a real page turner.  If you like historical fiction, this is a nice way to learn more about the Judson Valley.

>> BUY A COPY HERE

Fathermucker: A Novel (2011)

Greg Olear 

A hilarious take on a fatherhood – about a father/ husband who is the primary caregiver while his wife is mostly absent for her work.  Witty, sad, real… You will laugh and cry and love every bit of it. 

I am not a father, but still related to its humor and ‘realness’.  Kind of in the vein of Nick Hornsby, so if you like his books, chances are you will love this one.

>> BUY A COPY HERE

Happy Reading

Do you have a favorite Hudson Valley book? Let me know.

If you liked this post, please share the love and Pin it to your Hudson Valley and Travel Books boards for later!

Ian James

About the author

Ian James is a Hudson Valley local. He’s been to 82 countries and all 7 continents, but there is truly no place like home and he loves to spend weekends and staycations continuing to discover all that the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Read more


Hudson Valley Discovered is a participant in the Amazon.com Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.