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METACANON 0.7

This is not a greatest books list.

Metacanon is a database that offers an alternative to the genre of the greatest books list. Unlike lists compiled by individuals or small committees of experts, metacanon builds custom book lists by culling data from tens of thousands of scholarly texts. This data-driven approach results in a more comprehensive, flexible, and inclusive gateway into the canon(s).

Metacanon 0.7 is limited primarily to American fiction after 1800, but future updates will expand to include other areas, genres, and periods.

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# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.ParadiseToni Morrison199716.89
2Mark as read.UnderworldDon DeLillo199713.95
3Mark as read.American PastoralPhilip Roth199713.68
4Mark as read.The ActualSaul Bellow19979.61
5Mark as read.The Man Made of WordsN. Scott Momaday19979.57
6Mark as read.Tropic of OrangeKaren Tei Yamashita19977.91
7Mark as read.Cold MountainCharles Frazier19977.67
8Mark as read.Straight ManRichard Russo19975.84
9Mark as read.Blu's HangingLois-Ann Yamanaka19975.38
10Mark as read.Tales of Burning LoveLouise Erdrich19975.25
11Mark as read.The Mistress of SpicesChitra Banerjee Divakaruni19975.02
12Mark as read.NicolaeTim LaHaye19974.65
13Mark as read.Gone Fishin'Walter Mosley19974.32
14Mark as read.Always Outnumbered, Always OutgunnedWalter Mosley19974.19
15Mark as read.Hotline HealersGerald Vizenor19973.81
16Mark as read.The Gospel According to the SonNorman Mailer19973.51
17Mark as read.The InheritanceLouisa May Alcott19973.48
18Mark as read.My IshmaelDaniel Quinn19973.45
19Mark as read.Almost No MemoryLydia Davis19973.42
20Mark as read.The Bear Comes HomeRafi Zabor19973.24
21Mark as read.Memoirs of a GeishaArthur Golden19973.13
22Mark as read.Leave It to MeBharati Mukherjee19973.11
23Mark as read.Under the Red FlagHa Jin19972.94
24Mark as read.FrenzyPercival Everett19972.74
25Mark as read.Cloud ChamberMichael Dorris19972.69
26Mark as read.The Angel of DarknessCaleb Carr19972.57
27Mark as read.Wizard And GlassStephen King19972.57
28Mark as read.Lives of the Monster DogsKirsten Bakis19972.20
29Mark as read.The Aguero SistersCristina Garcia19971.65
30Mark as read.Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse WomanWalter M. Miller, Jr.19971.39
31Mark as read.An Acquaintance with DarknessAnn Rinaldi19971.21
32Mark as read.The Deep Green SeaRobert Olen Butler19970.95
33Mark as read.Flower NetLisa See19970.50
# Score
1Mark as read.Paradise (1997)
Toni Morrison
16.89
2Mark as read.Underworld (1997)
Don DeLillo
13.95
3Mark as read.American Pastoral (1997)
Philip Roth
13.68
4Mark as read.The Actual (1997)
Saul Bellow
9.61
5Mark as read.The Man Made of Words (1997)
N. Scott Momaday
9.57
6Mark as read.Tropic of Orange (1997)
Karen Tei Yamashita
7.91
7Mark as read.Cold Mountain (1997)
Charles Frazier
7.67
8Mark as read.Straight Man (1997)
Richard Russo
5.84
9Mark as read.Blu's Hanging (1997)
Lois-Ann Yamanaka
5.38
10Mark as read.Tales of Burning Love (1997)
Louise Erdrich
5.25
11Mark as read.The Mistress of Spices (1997)
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
5.02
12Mark as read.Nicolae (1997)
Tim LaHaye
4.65
13Mark as read.Gone Fishin' (1997)
Walter Mosley
4.32
14Mark as read.Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1997)
Walter Mosley
4.19
15Mark as read.Hotline Healers (1997)
Gerald Vizenor
3.81
16Mark as read.The Gospel According to the Son (1997)
Norman Mailer
3.51
17Mark as read.The Inheritance (1997)
Louisa May Alcott
3.48
18Mark as read.My Ishmael (1997)
Daniel Quinn
3.45
19Mark as read.Almost No Memory (1997)
Lydia Davis
3.42
20Mark as read.The Bear Comes Home (1997)
Rafi Zabor
3.24
21Mark as read.Memoirs of a Geisha (1997)
Arthur Golden
3.13
22Mark as read.Leave It to Me (1997)
Bharati Mukherjee
3.11
23Mark as read.Under the Red Flag (1997)
Ha Jin
2.94
24Mark as read.Frenzy (1997)
Percival Everett
2.74
25Mark as read.Cloud Chamber (1997)
Michael Dorris
2.69
26Mark as read.The Angel of Darkness (1997)
Caleb Carr
2.57
27Mark as read.Wizard And Glass (1997)
Stephen King
2.57
28Mark as read.Lives of the Monster Dogs (1997)
Kirsten Bakis
2.20
29Mark as read.The Aguero Sisters (1997)
Cristina Garcia
1.65
30Mark as read.Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman (1997)
Walter M. Miller, Jr.
1.39
31Mark as read.An Acquaintance with Darkness (1997)
Ann Rinaldi
1.21
32Mark as read.The Deep Green Sea (1997)
Robert Olen Butler
0.95
33Mark as read.Flower Net (1997)
Lisa See
0.50

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