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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).

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AMERICAN FICTION 1800-2016

# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.TwilightStephenie Meyer20057.50
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 457 (7.50 points)
2Mark as read.Moby DickHerman Melville18517.47
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 451 (7.47 points)
3Mark as read.Gone with the WindMargaret Mitchell19367.41
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 439 (7.41 points)
4Mark as read.The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald19257.27
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 413 (7.27 points)
5Mark as read.The Da Vinci CodeDan Brown20037.22
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 404 (7.22 points)
6Mark as read.The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck19397.09
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 381 (7.09 points)
7Mark as read.Uncle Tom's CabinHarriet Beecher Stowe18527.09
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 380 (7.09 points)
8Mark as read.To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee19606.99
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 364 (6.99 points)
9Mark as read.Main StreetSinclair Lewis19206.99
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 364 (6.99 points)
10Mark as read.Water for ElephantsSara Gruen20066.98
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 362 (6.98 points)
11Mark as read.The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins20086.83
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 337 (6.83 points)
12Mark as read.The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini20036.80
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 332 (6.80 points)
13Mark as read.The Bonfire of the VanitiesTom Wolfe19876.65
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 310 (6.65 points)
14Mark as read.LolitaVladimir Nabokov19556.59
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 301 (6.59 points)
15Mark as read.Washington SquareHenry James18806.53
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 292 (6.53 points)
16Mark as read.BabbittSinclair Lewis19226.42
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 276 (6.42 points)
17Mark as read.The Color PurpleAlice Walker19826.33
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 265 (6.33 points)
18Mark as read.The Turn of the ScrewHenry James18986.27
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 257 (6.27 points)
19Mark as read.BelovedToni Morrison19876.26
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 255 (6.26 points)
20Mark as read.Of Mice and MenJohn Steinbeck19376.24
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 253 (6.24 points)
21Mark as read.Gone GirlGillian Flynn20126.23
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 252 (6.23 points)
22Mark as read.A Dance With DragonsGeorge R. R. Martin20116.18
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 245 (6.18 points)
23Mark as read.The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianSherman Alexie20076.15
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 241 (6.15 points)
24Mark as read.The Sun Also RisesErnest Hemingway19266.13
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 239 (6.13 points)
25Mark as read.From Here to EternityJames Jones19516.11
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 237 (6.11 points)
26Mark as read.The CorrectionsJonathan Franzen20016.11
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 237 (6.11 points)
27Mark as read.The Lovely BonesAlice Sebold20026.11
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 237 (6.11 points)
28Mark as read.The ShiningStephen King19776.09
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 234 (6.09 points)
29Mark as read.Jurassic ParkMichael Crichton19906.03
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 227 (6.03 points)
30Mark as read.The Bridges of Madison CountyRobert James Waller19926.02
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 226 (6.02 points)
31Mark as read.RagtimeE. L. Doctorow19756.00
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 223 (6.00 points)
32Mark as read.Native SonRichard Wright19406.00
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 223 (6.00 points)
33Mark as read.For Whom the Bell TollsErnest Hemingway19405.99
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 222 (5.99 points)
34Mark as read.Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain18845.98
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 221 (5.98 points)
35Mark as read.The Catcher in the RyeJ. D. Salinger19515.93
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 215 (5.93 points)
36Mark as read.Little WomenLouisa May Alcott18695.93
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 215 (5.93 points)
37Mark as read.Catch-22Joseph Heller19615.92
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 214 (5.92 points)
38Mark as read.Look Homeward, AngelThomas Wolfe19295.89
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 211 (5.89 points)
39Mark as read.The Fault in Our StarsJohn Green20125.86
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 208 (5.86 points)
40Mark as read.Invisible ManRalph Ellison19525.86
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 207 (5.86 points)
41Mark as read.The JungleUpton Sinclair19065.86
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 207 (5.86 points)
42Mark as read.A Farewell to ArmsErnest Hemingway19295.83
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 204 (5.83 points)
43Mark as read.The Old Man and the SeaErnest Hemingway19525.82
Genre: Novella

New York Times Archive: 203 (5.82 points)
44Mark as read.Slaughterhouse-FiveKurt Vonnegut19695.79
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 200 (5.79 points)
45Mark as read.Presumed InnocentScott Turow19875.78
Genre: Mixed Genre

New York Times Archive: 199 (5.78 points)
46Mark as read.The Age of InnocenceEdith Wharton19205.77
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 198 (5.77 points)
47Mark as read.Portnoy's ComplaintPhilip Roth19695.76
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 197 (5.76 points)
48Mark as read.The Naked and the DeadNorman Mailer19485.75
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 196 (5.75 points)
49Mark as read.A Storm Of SwordsGeorge R. R. Martin20005.73
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 193 (5.73 points)
50Mark as read.The Hunt for Red OctoberTom Clancy19845.71
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 191 (5.71 points)
51Mark as read.The NotebookNicholas Sparks19965.69
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 189 (5.69 points)
52Mark as read.The Clan of the Cave BearJean M. Auel19805.68
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 188 (5.68 points)
53Mark as read.Lonesome DoveLarry McMurtry19855.68
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 188 (5.68 points)
54Mark as read.The EuropeansHenry James18785.67
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 187 (5.67 points)
55Mark as read.Guys and DollsDamon Runyon19325.66
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

New York Times Archive: 186 (5.66 points)
56Mark as read.The PearlJohn Steinbeck19475.64
Genre: Novella

New York Times Archive: 184 (5.64 points)
57Mark as read.The Secret Life of BeesSue Monk Kidd20025.63
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 183 (5.63 points)
58Mark as read.JawsPeter Benchley19745.62
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 182 (5.62 points)
59Mark as read.The Red Badge of CourageStephen Crane18955.61
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 181 (5.61 points)
60Mark as read.The Portrait of a LadyHenry James18815.60
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 180 (5.60 points)
61Mark as read.In Our TimeErnest Hemingway19255.56
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

New York Times Archive: 176 (5.56 points)
62Mark as read.DuneFrank Herbert19655.56
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 176 (5.56 points)
63Mark as read.A Feast For CrowsGeorge R. R. Martin20055.55
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 175 (5.55 points)
64Mark as read.Cold MountainCharles Frazier19975.53
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 173 (5.53 points)
65Mark as read.JazzToni Morrison19925.53
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 173 (5.53 points)
66Mark as read.CarrieStephen King19745.50
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 170 (5.50 points)
67Mark as read.HerzogSaul Bellow19645.47
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 168 (5.47 points)
68Mark as read.ArrowsmithSinclair Lewis19255.47
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 168 (5.47 points)
69Mark as read.The House of MirthEdith Wharton19055.47
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 168 (5.47 points)
70Mark as read.Memoirs of a GeishaArthur Golden19975.45
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 166 (5.45 points)
71Mark as read.PorgyDuBose Heyward19255.44
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 165 (5.44 points)
72Mark as read.Gentlemen Prefer BlondesAnita Loos19255.41
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 162 (5.41 points)
73Mark as read.Left BehindTim LaHaye19955.40
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 161 (5.40 points)
74Mark as read.Tropic of CancerHenry Miller19345.40
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 161 (5.40 points)
75Mark as read.The FallsJoyce Carol Oates20045.37
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 158 (5.37 points)
76Mark as read.The Scarlet LetterNathaniel Hawthorne18505.35
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 157 (5.35 points)
77Mark as read.An American TragedyTheodore Dreiser19255.33
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 155 (5.33 points)
78Mark as read.Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand19575.32
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 154 (5.32 points)
79Mark as read.The FountainheadAyn Rand19435.32
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 154 (5.32 points)
80Mark as read.Charlotte's WebE. B. White19525.31
Genre: Novel, Other

New York Times Archive: 153 (5.31 points)
81Mark as read.The GodfatherMario Puzo19695.29
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 151 (5.29 points)
82Mark as read.Elmer GantrySinclair Lewis19265.28
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 150 (5.28 points)
83Mark as read.The Tiger's WifeTea Obreht20115.26
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 149 (5.26 points)
84Mark as read.All the King's MenRobert Penn Warren19465.24
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 147 (5.24 points)
85Mark as read.The Maltese FalconDashiell Hammett19305.23
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 146 (5.23 points)
86Mark as read.The AmbassadorsHenry James19035.22
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 145 (5.22 points)
87Mark as read.A Tree Grows in BrooklynBetty Smith19435.19
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 143 (5.19 points)
88Mark as read.It Can't Happen HereSinclair Lewis19355.18
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 142 (5.18 points)
89Mark as read.The Joy Luck ClubAmy Tan19895.18
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 142 (5.18 points)
90Mark as read.Infinite JestDavid Foster Wallace19965.18
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 142 (5.18 points)
91Mark as read.The GeniusTheodore Dreiser19155.17
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 141 (5.17 points)
92Mark as read.The Member of the WeddingCarson McCullers19465.16
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 140 (5.16 points)
93Mark as read.Goodbye, ColumbusPhilip Roth19595.16
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

New York Times Archive: 140 (5.16 points)
94Mark as read.All That IsJames Salter20135.16
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 140 (5.16 points)
95Mark as read.This Side of ParadiseF. Scott Fitzgerald19205.13
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 138 (5.13 points)
96Mark as read.Love StoryErich Segal19705.13
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 138 (5.13 points)
97Mark as read.The Good EarthPearl S. Buck19315.12
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 137 (5.12 points)
98Mark as read.The Sound and the FuryWilliam Faulkner19295.12
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 137 (5.12 points)
99Mark as read.The GoldfinchDonna Tartt20135.12
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 137 (5.12 points)
100Mark as read.Sophie's ChoiceWilliam Styron19795.11
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 136 (5.11 points)
# Score
1Mark as read.Twilight (2005)
Stephenie Meyer
7.50
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 457 (7.50 points)
2Mark as read.Moby Dick (1851)
Herman Melville
7.47
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 451 (7.47 points)
3Mark as read.Gone with the Wind (1936)
Margaret Mitchell
7.41
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 439 (7.41 points)
4Mark as read.The Great Gatsby (1925)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
7.27
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 413 (7.27 points)
5Mark as read.The Da Vinci Code (2003)
Dan Brown
7.22
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 404 (7.22 points)
6Mark as read.The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
John Steinbeck
7.09
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 381 (7.09 points)
7Mark as read.Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
Harriet Beecher Stowe
7.09
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 380 (7.09 points)
8Mark as read.To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
Harper Lee
6.99
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 364 (6.99 points)
9Mark as read.Main Street (1920)
Sinclair Lewis
6.99
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 364 (6.99 points)
10Mark as read.Water for Elephants (2006)
Sara Gruen
6.98
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 362 (6.98 points)
11Mark as read.The Hunger Games (2008)
Suzanne Collins
6.83
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 337 (6.83 points)
12Mark as read.The Kite Runner (2003)
Khaled Hosseini
6.80
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 332 (6.80 points)
13Mark as read.The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987)
Tom Wolfe
6.65
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 310 (6.65 points)
14Mark as read.Lolita (1955)
Vladimir Nabokov
6.59
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 301 (6.59 points)
15Mark as read.Washington Square (1880)
Henry James
6.53
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 292 (6.53 points)
16Mark as read.Babbitt (1922)
Sinclair Lewis
6.42
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 276 (6.42 points)
17Mark as read.The Color Purple (1982)
Alice Walker
6.33
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 265 (6.33 points)
18Mark as read.The Turn of the Screw (1898)
Henry James
6.27
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 257 (6.27 points)
19Mark as read.Beloved (1987)
Toni Morrison
6.26
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 255 (6.26 points)
20Mark as read.Of Mice and Men (1937)
John Steinbeck
6.24
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 253 (6.24 points)
21Mark as read.Gone Girl (2012)
Gillian Flynn
6.23
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 252 (6.23 points)
22Mark as read.A Dance With Dragons (2011)
George R. R. Martin
6.18
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 245 (6.18 points)
23Mark as read.The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007)
Sherman Alexie
6.15
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 241 (6.15 points)
24Mark as read.The Sun Also Rises (1926)
Ernest Hemingway
6.13
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 239 (6.13 points)
25Mark as read.From Here to Eternity (1951)
James Jones
6.11
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 237 (6.11 points)
26Mark as read.The Corrections (2001)
Jonathan Franzen
6.11
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 237 (6.11 points)
27Mark as read.The Lovely Bones (2002)
Alice Sebold
6.11
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 237 (6.11 points)
28Mark as read.The Shining (1977)
Stephen King
6.09
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 234 (6.09 points)
29Mark as read.Jurassic Park (1990)
Michael Crichton
6.03
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 227 (6.03 points)
30Mark as read.The Bridges of Madison County (1992)
Robert James Waller
6.02
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 226 (6.02 points)
31Mark as read.Ragtime (1975)
E. L. Doctorow
6.00
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 223 (6.00 points)
32Mark as read.Native Son (1940)
Richard Wright
6.00
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 223 (6.00 points)
33Mark as read.For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
Ernest Hemingway
5.99
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 222 (5.99 points)
34Mark as read.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
Mark Twain
5.98
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 221 (5.98 points)
35Mark as read.The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
J. D. Salinger
5.93
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 215 (5.93 points)
36Mark as read.Little Women (1869)
Louisa May Alcott
5.93
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 215 (5.93 points)
37Mark as read.Catch-22 (1961)
Joseph Heller
5.92
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 214 (5.92 points)
38Mark as read.Look Homeward, Angel (1929)
Thomas Wolfe
5.89
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 211 (5.89 points)
39Mark as read.The Fault in Our Stars (2012)
John Green
5.86
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 208 (5.86 points)
40Mark as read.Invisible Man (1952)
Ralph Ellison
5.86
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 207 (5.86 points)
41Mark as read.The Jungle (1906)
Upton Sinclair
5.86
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 207 (5.86 points)
42Mark as read.A Farewell to Arms (1929)
Ernest Hemingway
5.83
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 204 (5.83 points)
43Mark as read.The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
Ernest Hemingway
5.82
Genre: Novella

New York Times Archive: 203 (5.82 points)
44Mark as read.Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
Kurt Vonnegut
5.79
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 200 (5.79 points)
45Mark as read.Presumed Innocent (1987)
Scott Turow
5.78
Genre: Mixed Genre

New York Times Archive: 199 (5.78 points)
46Mark as read.The Age of Innocence (1920)
Edith Wharton
5.77
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 198 (5.77 points)
47Mark as read.Portnoy's Complaint (1969)
Philip Roth
5.76
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 197 (5.76 points)
48Mark as read.The Naked and the Dead (1948)
Norman Mailer
5.75
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 196 (5.75 points)
49Mark as read.A Storm Of Swords (2000)
George R. R. Martin
5.73
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 193 (5.73 points)
50Mark as read.The Hunt for Red October (1984)
Tom Clancy
5.71
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 191 (5.71 points)
51Mark as read.The Notebook (1996)
Nicholas Sparks
5.69
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 189 (5.69 points)
52Mark as read.The Clan of the Cave Bear (1980)
Jean M. Auel
5.68
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 188 (5.68 points)
53Mark as read.Lonesome Dove (1985)
Larry McMurtry
5.68
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 188 (5.68 points)
54Mark as read.The Europeans (1878)
Henry James
5.67
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 187 (5.67 points)
55Mark as read.Guys and Dolls (1932)
Damon Runyon
5.66
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

New York Times Archive: 186 (5.66 points)
56Mark as read.The Pearl (1947)
John Steinbeck
5.64
Genre: Novella

New York Times Archive: 184 (5.64 points)
57Mark as read.The Secret Life of Bees (2002)
Sue Monk Kidd
5.63
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 183 (5.63 points)
58Mark as read.Jaws (1974)
Peter Benchley
5.62
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 182 (5.62 points)
59Mark as read.The Red Badge of Courage (1895)
Stephen Crane
5.61
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 181 (5.61 points)
60Mark as read.The Portrait of a Lady (1881)
Henry James
5.60
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 180 (5.60 points)
61Mark as read.In Our Time (1925)
Ernest Hemingway
5.56
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

New York Times Archive: 176 (5.56 points)
62Mark as read.Dune (1965)
Frank Herbert
5.56
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 176 (5.56 points)
63Mark as read.A Feast For Crows (2005)
George R. R. Martin
5.55
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 175 (5.55 points)
64Mark as read.Cold Mountain (1997)
Charles Frazier
5.53
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 173 (5.53 points)
65Mark as read.Jazz (1992)
Toni Morrison
5.53
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 173 (5.53 points)
66Mark as read.Carrie (1974)
Stephen King
5.50
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 170 (5.50 points)
67Mark as read.Herzog (1964)
Saul Bellow
5.47
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 168 (5.47 points)
68Mark as read.Arrowsmith (1925)
Sinclair Lewis
5.47
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 168 (5.47 points)
69Mark as read.The House of Mirth (1905)
Edith Wharton
5.47
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 168 (5.47 points)
70Mark as read.Memoirs of a Geisha (1997)
Arthur Golden
5.45
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 166 (5.45 points)
71Mark as read.Porgy (1925)
DuBose Heyward
5.44
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 165 (5.44 points)
72Mark as read.Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925)
Anita Loos
5.41
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 162 (5.41 points)
73Mark as read.Left Behind (1995)
Tim LaHaye
5.40
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 161 (5.40 points)
74Mark as read.Tropic of Cancer (1934)
Henry Miller
5.40
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 161 (5.40 points)
75Mark as read.The Falls (2004)
Joyce Carol Oates
5.37
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 158 (5.37 points)
76Mark as read.The Scarlet Letter (1850)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
5.35
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 157 (5.35 points)
77Mark as read.An American Tragedy (1925)
Theodore Dreiser
5.33
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 155 (5.33 points)
78Mark as read.Atlas Shrugged (1957)
Ayn Rand
5.32
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 154 (5.32 points)
79Mark as read.The Fountainhead (1943)
Ayn Rand
5.32
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 154 (5.32 points)
80Mark as read.Charlotte's Web (1952)
E. B. White
5.31
Genre: Novel, Other

New York Times Archive: 153 (5.31 points)
81Mark as read.The Godfather (1969)
Mario Puzo
5.29
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 151 (5.29 points)
82Mark as read.Elmer Gantry (1926)
Sinclair Lewis
5.28
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 150 (5.28 points)
83Mark as read.The Tiger's Wife (2011)
Tea Obreht
5.26
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 149 (5.26 points)
84Mark as read.All the King's Men (1946)
Robert Penn Warren
5.24
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 147 (5.24 points)
85Mark as read.The Maltese Falcon (1930)
Dashiell Hammett
5.23
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 146 (5.23 points)
86Mark as read.The Ambassadors (1903)
Henry James
5.22
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 145 (5.22 points)
87Mark as read.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)
Betty Smith
5.19
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 143 (5.19 points)
88Mark as read.It Can't Happen Here (1935)
Sinclair Lewis
5.18
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 142 (5.18 points)
89Mark as read.The Joy Luck Club (1989)
Amy Tan
5.18
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 142 (5.18 points)
90Mark as read.Infinite Jest (1996)
David Foster Wallace
5.18
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 142 (5.18 points)
91Mark as read.The Genius (1915)
Theodore Dreiser
5.17
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 141 (5.17 points)
92Mark as read.The Member of the Wedding (1946)
Carson McCullers
5.16
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 140 (5.16 points)
93Mark as read.Goodbye, Columbus (1959)
Philip Roth
5.16
Genre: Collection of Short Stories

New York Times Archive: 140 (5.16 points)
94Mark as read.All That Is (2013)
James Salter
5.16
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 140 (5.16 points)
95Mark as read.This Side of Paradise (1920)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
5.13
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 138 (5.13 points)
96Mark as read.Love Story (1970)
Erich Segal
5.13
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 138 (5.13 points)
97Mark as read.The Good Earth (1931)
Pearl S. Buck
5.12
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 137 (5.12 points)
98Mark as read.The Sound and the Fury (1929)
William Faulkner
5.12
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 137 (5.12 points)
99Mark as read.The Goldfinch (2013)
Donna Tartt
5.12
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 137 (5.12 points)
100Mark as read.Sophie's Choice (1979)
William Styron
5.11
Genre: Novel

New York Times Archive: 136 (5.11 points)

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