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Underdog Literature, January 2013: 15 fresh or amazing, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature January 2013.

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

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

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01: MATT BELL, „In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods“, ?? pages, June 2013.

02: MATT DRURY, „Pacific“, 352 pages, April 2013.

03: RACHEL KUSHNER, „The Flame Throwers“, 400 pages, April 2013.

04: BEN LERNER, „Leaving the Atocha Station“, 272 pages, 2012.

05: KARIN TIDBECK, „Jagannath“, 114 pages, 2012. [Short Fiction, Fantasy]

06: RUDOLF WITTKOWER, „Born under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists“, 360 pages, 1968. [Cultural History]

07: NEVIL SHUTE, „Trustee from the Toolroom“, 316 pages, 1960.

08: SEBASTIAN HAFFNER, „Defying Hitler“ / „Die Geschichte eines Deutschen“, 309 pages, 2000. [Memoir, German]

09: REYNOLDS PRICE, „The Promise of Rest“, 368 pages, 1995.

10: JAMES LIPTON, „An Exaltation of Larks“, 336 pages, 1970. [Trivia / Lists]

11: MICHAEL G. CONEY, „Hello Summer, Goodbye“, 221 pages, 1975. [Science-Fiction]

12: HENRI LEFEBVRE, „Critique of Everyday Life“, 842 pages, 1942. [French Philosophy / Cultural Studies]

13: HEATHER WALDORF, „Tripping“, 344 pages, 2009. [Young Adult]

14: JOHN VON DÜFFEL, „Zeit des Verschwindens“, 208 pages, 2000. [German]

15: PETER BUWALDA, „Bonita Avenue“, 543 pages, 2010. [Dutch; German edition available on Feb 22nd, 2013, Rowohlt]

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

01: DONALD HALL, „The Best Day, the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon“, 258 pages, 2005. [Memoir / Writing / Death]

02: JULIE ANNE PETERS, „Between Mom and Jo“, 240 pages, 2006. [Young Adult]

03: ROBERT BOSWELL, „Crooked Hearts“, 339 pages, 1987.

04: HANS MAGNUS ENZENSBERGER, „Hammerstein“, 402 pages, 2008. [German]

05: NOELLE HANCOCK, „My Year with Eleanor“, 304 pages, 2011. [Memoir / Self-Help, recommendation by Karla Paul (Link), German edition here]

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: RUTH KLÜGER, „Still alive“ / „weiter leben. Eine Jugend“, 283 pages, 1992 [Holocaust Memoir, German]

4 of 5 stars: JULIE REECE DEAVER, „Say Goodnight, Gracie“, 224 pages, 1988. [Young Adult]

4 of 5 stars: DAVID MARKSON, „The Last Novel“, 220 pages, 2007. [Trivia / Lists / post-modern]

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Underdog Literature, March 2012: 15 fresh or overlooked, off-the-wall titles

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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:

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01: CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH, „The Rules of Inheritance“, 298 pages, 2012.C

02: ISMET PRCIC, „Shards“, 400 pages, 2011.

03: JEFF MARTIN, „The late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books“, 165 pages, 2011.

04: GUY DELISLE, „Jerusalem“, 334 pages, 2011. [Graphic Novel; nonfiction]

05: LIZ MOORE, „Heft“, 352 pages, 2012.

06: EOWYN IVEY, „The Snow Child“, 389 pages, 2011.

07: AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, „Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life“, 240 pages, 2005.

08: ERIC WALTERS, „Safe as Houses“, 160 pages, 2007. [Young Adult]

09: SHARON M. DRAPER, „Out of my Mind“, 295 pages, 2010. [Young Adult]

10: RYAN KNIGHTON, „C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark“, 272 pages, 2010. [Memoir]

11: ALISON BECHDEL, „Are you my Mother?“, 224 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel / Memoir]

12: HAVEN KIMMEL, „She got off the Couch; and other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana“, 320 pages, 2005. [Humor]

13: JULIE ANNE PETERS, „Between Mom and Jo“, 240 pages, 2007. [Young Adult]

14: MILLEN BRAND, „The Outward Room“, 240 pages, 1937.

15: STEPHANIE COONTZ, „The Way we never were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap“, 432 pages, 1992.

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

01: WOLFGANG HERRNDORF, „Tschick“, 253 pages, 2010 [Young Adult, German].

02: SARAH OCKLER, „Twenty Boy Summer“, 290 pages, 2009 [Young Adult].

03: PATRICK DeWITT, „The Sisters Brothers“, 352 pages, 2011.

04: ROHINTON MISTRY, „A Fine Balance“, 603 pages, 1995.

05: REBECCA SKLOOT, „The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks“, 370 pages, 2010.

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

1: 5 of 5 stars: STEWART O’NAN, „The Odds“, 179 pages, 2012.

2: 4 of 5 stars: BRIAN FRANCIS, „Natural Order“, 384 pages, 2011.

3: 4 of 5 stars: OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, „Kindred“, 288 pages, 1983.

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