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The Best John Updike Books  

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List of the best John Updike books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that John Updike is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Updike's Rabbit series won a Pulitzer Prize and his work generally focuses on small town American life. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of John Updike who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

Everything from Rabbit, Run to Rabbit Is Rich is included on this list. What are John Updike's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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Rabbit at Rest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Rabbit, Run is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Rabbit Is Rich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Rabbit Redux is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Couples is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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The Early Stories: 1953–1975 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Of the Farm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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In the Beauty of the Lilies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Roger's Version is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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The Centaur is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Memories of the Ford Administr... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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The Poorhouse Fair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Too Far To Go: The Maples Stor... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Trust Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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My Father's Tears and Other St... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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The Same Door is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Hugging the Shore: Essays and ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Toward the End of Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Gertrude and Claudius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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Terrorist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Updike Books
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The Widows of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Updike Books