I thought Rancho Weirdo was pretty good too.
Did I never read The Stone Diaries before because it was written by a woman? Probably.
There was things I liked about Rock Bottom, but mostly I thought it was good for its subject matter (failing rock band) and I liked its adherence to the ideals of Greek theater of unity of time and place, and man's fall due to hubris.
Also, a bunch of pretty people came up with top 5 lists.