Books 2014

Best Nonfiction Books 2014: New Essays, Memoirs, Recommendations

underdog literature best nonfiction books 2014.

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention…

memoirs. non-fiction. essays.

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01: JOHN W. EWANS, “Young Widower”, 200 pages, January 2014. [Memoir]

Young Widower: A Memoir

02: MIMI POND, “Over Easy”, 272 pages, April 2014. [Graphic Novel “Semi-Memoir”]

Over Easy

03: DAVID GIFFELS, “The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt”, 272 pages, March 2014. [Essays / Journalism]

The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt

04: IVAN E. COYOTE & RAE SPOON, “Gender Failure”, 256 pages, April 2014. [personal Essays]

Gender Failure

05: CAROLINE CLARKE, “Postcards from Cookie”, 320 pages, April 2014. [Memoir]

Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail

06: SEAN STRUB, “Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival”, 432 pages, January 2014. [Memoir / Politics]

Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

07: ANALD GOPAL, “No Good Men among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes”, 320 pages, April 2014. [Politics]

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

08: HISHAM D. AIDI, “Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture”, 432 pages, March 2014. [Cultural Studies / Politics]

Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture

09: ROBERT A. FERGUSON, “Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment”, 337 pages, March 2014 [Politics / Sociology / Cultural Studies]

Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment

10: ARIEL GORE, “The End of Eve. A Memoir”, 234 pages, February 2014. [Memoir]

The End of Eve: A Memoir

11: MARK GEVISSER, “Lost and Found in Johannesburg”, 352 pages, April 2014. [Memoir: South Africa]

Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir

12: TIM ANDERSON, “Sweet Tooth”, 333 pages, March 2014. [Mainstream Humor / Comedic Memoir]

Sweet Tooth

13: GREG GUTFELD, “Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and their War on You”, 272 pages, March 2014. [a right-wing “Fox News” employee tries to trash hipsters!:-) ]

Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

14: BRIGID SCHULTE, “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when no one has the Time”, 368 pages, March 2014. [Psychology]

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

15: PATRICIA WOODELL, “Are the Keys in the Freezer? An Advocate’s Guide for Alzheimer’s and other Dementias”, 243 pages, January 2014.

Are the Keys in the Freezer?--An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: LESLIE JAMISON, “The Empathy Exams”, 256 pages, April 2014. [personal Essays]

The Empathy Exams: Essays

02: PLUM JOHNSON, “They left us everything”, 288 pages, March 2014. [Memoir]

They Left Us Everything: A Memoir

03: ADAM BEGLEY, “Updike”, 576 pages, April 2014. [Biography]

Updike

04: EILEEN CRONIN, “Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience”, 336 pages, January 2014.

Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience

05: YASHA MOUNK, “Stranger in my own Country: A Jewish Family in modern Germany”, 272 pages, January 2014. [Memoir / Cultural Studies]

Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany

[German article here (Link)]
…and I’m excited about:

SERAH-MARIE McMAHON: “The WORN Reader: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas & History of what we wear”, 416 pages, April 2014.

The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, & History of What We Wear

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Best New Books – Spring 2014: New Novels & Recommendations

Underdog Literature Best Novels 2014 Spring WordPress
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Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention…

all published between January and June 2014.

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01: MAXWELL NEELY-COHEN, “Echo of the Boom”, 456 pages, April 2014.

Echo of the Boom

02: PETER MATTHIESSEN, “In Paradise”, 256 pages, January 2014.

In Paradise

03: SIRI HUSTVEDT, “The Blazing World”, 368 pages, March 2014.

The Blazing World

04: AARON THIER, “The Ghost Apple”, 304 pages, March 2014. [Satire]

The Ghost Apple

05: TED THOMPSON, “The Land of Steady Habits”, 272 pages, March 2014.

The Land of Steady Habits: A Novel

06: KEVIN BROCKMEIER, “A few Seconds of radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade”, 208 pages, January 2014. [Memoir / Coming-of-Age / Cultural Studies]

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

07: SHANE KUHN, “The Intern’s Handbook”, 288 pages, April 2014. [Corporate Satire / Thriller / Dystopia]

The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller

08: NNEDI OKARAFOR, “Lagoon”, 320 pages, April 2014. [Science Fiction; Nigeria]

Lagoon

09: ROBERT GLANCY, “Terms & Conditions”, 272 pages, February 2014 [Satire]

Terms & Conditions

10: LESLIE JAMISON, “The Empathy Exams”, 256 pages, April 2014. [personal Essays]

The Empathy Exams: Essays

11: NATALIE HAYNES, “The Amber Fury”, 307 pages, February 2014. [Mainstream / Suspense]

The Amber Fury

12: COURTNEY C. STEVENS, “Faking Normal”, 321 pages, February 2014. [Young Adult]

Faking Normal

13: ROBIN HERRERA, “Hope is a Ferris Wheel”, 272 pages, March 2014. [Young Adult]

Hope Is a Ferris Wheel

14: JOHN COREY WHALEY, “Noggin”,  356 pages, April 2014. [Young Adult Sci-Fi]

Noggin

15: STEWART FOSTER, “We used to be Kings”, 368 pages, January 2014. [Young Adult]

We Used to Be Kings

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: SUE MONK KIDD, “The Invention of Wings”, 373 pages, January 2014. [Mainstream / Historical Fiction]

The Invention of Wings

02: JENNIFER CLEMENT, “Prayers for the Stolen”, 224 pages, February 2014.

Prayers for the Stolen

03: WILLY VLAUTIN, “The Free”, 297 pages, January 2014.

The Free

04: GABRIELLE ZEVIN, “The Stories Life of A. J. Fikry”, 230 pages, March 2014. [Mainstream]

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

05: DANAH BOYD, “It’s complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”, 296 pages, February 2014. [Sociology]

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

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