Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Illustration: Silja Götz
Book photo: Philip Friedman/Studio D

5 of 10
By Jonathan Franzen
576 pages; Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A great American novel about Big Issues (war, the environment) that's also insightful about the details of everyday life. A family saga by an author so good, you'll savor every page.

Freedom became the 64th Oprah's Book Club selection on September 17, 2010. Get the complete reader's guide