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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) (Paperback)

by Thomas Pynchon

The Appeals and Perils of the One-Word Book Title 31

At their best, one-word titles distill content to its purest essence, which is what all titles strive to do, and then they stick in the mind. Sometimes, of course, they fall flat, and much of the time they're just lukewarm and vague or, worse, falsely grand.

Most Anticipated: Rounding Out 2009, An Epic Year for Books 26