The list author says: "As someone who has read quite a bit of contemporary American fiction, I thought I would share some of my favorite books by living American writers. Many of this books will seem like obvious choices, but a few, I hope, will not. I will add books later if I forget some, as I'm sure I will."
"Don DeLillo's Underworld certainly has its flaws, most noticeably characterization, but despite its length, Underworld may be his most accessible novel, and no one can construct a sentence quite like DeLillo."
"A disgustingly under-appreciated novel, Far Tortuga is one of the most outstanding novels you'll ever read. Any novel that gets so much praise from authors like Pynchon and Styron should be looked into."
"Even though it isn't, in my opinion, as overall perfect as Sula, I like it more, if that makes sense. Even if you don't care about the damaging psychology of slavery and the study within, it has a great story."
"Europe Central and others have received a lot of attention, but I still think Vollmann's first effort, You Bright and Risen Angels, is his most entertaining book. It's absolutely hilarious. It's definitely better on a second reading."