Here is a list of the best John Updike books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- Rabbit, Run (1996)
- The Best American Short Stories of the Century [Paperback]  (Author) John Updike, Katrina Kenison ()
- The Early Stories: 1953-1975 (2004)
- Golf Dream: Writings on Golf (1996)
- Of the Farm (1965)
- Couples (Fawcett Books #P1252) (1969)
- Couples (1971)
- The Centaur (1996)
- Rabbit Redux (1982)
- Rabbit Is Rich (1996)
- The Poorhouse Fair (1964)
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Rabbit, Run (1996)
Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his—or any other—generation. Its hero is Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual gratification and family duty—even, in a sense, human hard-heartedness and divine Grace.
The Best American Short Stories of the Century [Paperback]  (Author) John Updike, Katrina Kenison ()
Paperback: 835 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (2000) ASIN: B00EB0HBJ8 Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,969,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
The Early Stories: 1953-1975 (2004)
A harvest and not a winnowing, this volume collects 103 stories, almost all of the short fiction that John Updike wrote between 1953 and 1975. “How rarely it can be said of any of our great American writers that they have been equally gifted in both long and short forms,” reads the citation composed for John Updike upon his winning the 2006 Rea Award for the Short Story.
Golf Dream: Writings on Golf (1996)
Golf Dreams by John Updike. Fawcett Book Group,1996
Of the Farm (1965)
First Fawcett Crest Printing. MM paperack.
Couples (Fawcett Books #P1252) (1969)
Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Fawcett Crest Books (1969) ASIN: B01CDLJBYY Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,011,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Mass Market Paperback: 636 pages Publisher: Gallimard (1971) Language: French ASIN: B000MCB9C4 Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4 x 0.9 inches Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,143,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #278315 in Contemporary Literature & Fiction Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
The Centaur (1996)
The Centaur is a modern retelling of the legend of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of the centaurs, who, painfully wounded yet unable to die, gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. In the retelling, Olympus becomes small-town Olinger High School; Chiron is George Caldwell, a science teacher there; and Prometheus is Caldwell’s fifteen-year-old son, Peter.
Rabbit Redux (1982)
Paperback Publisher: Fawcett Crest (1982) ASIN: B000VVLO3K Package Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Rabbit Is Rich (1996)
The hero of John Updike’s Rabbit, Run, ten years after the events of Rabbit Redux, has come to enjoy considerable prosperity as the chief sales representative of Springer Motors, a Toyota agency in Brewer, Pennsylvania. The time is 1979: Skylab is falling, gas lines are lengthening, and double-digit inflation coincides with a deflation of national self-confidence.
The Poorhouse Fair (1964)
Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Fawcett Publications, Inc. (1964) ASIN: B000O7ZPC2 Package Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,097,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #260954 in Literary Fiction (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Best John Updike Books Worth Your Attention
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Surviving: stories, essays, interviews
Author(s): Green, Henry; Yorke, Matthew (Editor); Updike, John (Introduction); Yorke, Sebastian (Afterword)
ID: 2865902, Publisher: NYRB Classics;New York Review Books, Year: 2020, Size: 766 Kb, Format: epub
A Theology of Sense: John Updike, Embodiment, and Late Twentieth-Century American Literature (Literature, Religion, & Postsecular Stud)
Author(s): Scott Dill
ID: 2597577, Publisher: Ohio State University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf
Author(s): Thoreau, Henry;Shanley, J. Lyndon;Updike, John
ID: 2751940, Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub
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