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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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Best Books of the Year: My personal Top 20

2012 Juli Frantje-Haus Selfpic.

(After a popular list last year [Link]…)

…here are the 20 very best books I’ve read in 2012:

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20: JASON SHIGA, “Bookhunter”, Graphic Novel, 2007.
Bookhunter

19: GAYLE FORMAN: “If I stay”, Young Adult Novel, 2009.
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

18: DAVID MARKSON: “The Last Novel”, (postmodern) Novel / Lists / Trivia Collection, 2007.
The Last Novel

17: SHARON M. DRAPER: “Out of my Mind”, Young Adult Novel, 2010.
Out of My Mind

16: OCTAVIA BUTLER: “Kindred”, (Fantasy) Novel, 1971.
Kindred

15: JOHAN HARSTAD: “Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the Confusion?”, Novel (Norway), 2005.
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?

14: KRISTEN D. RANDLE: “The only Alien on the Planet”, Young Adult Novel, 1995.
The Only Alien on the Planet

13: DANIELA KRIEN: “Irgendwann werden wir uns alles erzählen”, Novel (German), 2011.
Irgendwann werden wir uns alles erzählen

12: TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: “A Streetcar named Desire”, Play, 1947. […alternative / runner-up: HENRIK IBSEN: “A Doll’s House”, Play (Norway), 1879.]
A Streetcar Named Desire and A Doll's House

11: ARNO GEIGER: “Der alte König in seinem Exil” (Austrian) Alzheimer Memoir, 2011.
Der alte König in seinem Exil

10: SARAH LEAVITT: “Tangles. A Story about Alzheimer’s, my Mother and me”, Graphic Novel, 2010.
Tangles : a story about Alzheimer's, my mother, and me

09: ARNE BELLSTORF: “Baby’s in Black”, Graphic Novel (German), 2010.
Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg

08: SCOTT SNYDER: “Batman: The Court of Owls”, Graphic Novel (and good start for new “Batman” readers):
Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

07: STEWART O’NAN: “The Odds. A Love Story”, Novel, 2012.
The Odds: A Love Story

06: JOACHIM HELFER, RASHID al-DAIF: “Die Verschwulung der Welt”, Essay (German / Persian), 2006.
Die Verschwulung der Welt.

05: ALEXIS M. SMITH: “Glaciers”, Novel, 2012.
Glaciers

04: JOE HILL: “Locke & Key” series, Graphic Novels, 2008 to 2013.
Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

03: MARLEN HAUSHOFER: “The Wall / Die Wand”, Austian novel, 1962.
Die Wand

02: GERBRAND BAKKER: “The Detour / Der Umweg”, Dutch novel, 2010.
Der Umweg

01: RUTH KLÜGER: “Still alive. A Holocaust Girlhood remembered”, Memoir / Essay, 1992.
Weiter leben. Eine Jugend.

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For a complete list of books I’ve read in 2012, please go here [Link].

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In comics, I’ve also enjoyed Guy Delisle’s travelogues / non-fiction graphic novels “Burma Chronicles” [Link], “Pyongyang” [Link] and “Jerusalem” [Link], the “New 52” DC comic books featuring “Wonder Woman” [Link], “Green Lantern” [Link], “Swamp Thing” [Link] and the “Birds of Prey” [Link] – and large parts of Naoki Urasawa’s “Pluto” [Link]

…and “Honey & Clover” [Link], a “Scott Pilgrim”-like, bittersweet / comedic coming-of-age manga series about five friends at an art school.

Here’s a collage of my notable graphic novel discoveries in 2012:

Wordpress Graphic Novels Best-of 2012.

Have a good 2013! More to come!

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Underdog Literature, June 2012: 15 fresh or notable, 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: JONATHAN EVISON, “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving”, 290 pages, 2012.

02: MICHAEL CHABON, “Telegraph Avenue”, 480 pages, 2012.

03: MICHEL TURNIER, “The Ogre”, 373 pages, 1970. [France]

04: ELIZABETH WEIN, “Code Name Verity”, 452 pages, 2012. [Young Adult / History]

05: NEIL ABRAMSON, “Unsaid”, 368 pages, 2011.

06: ALEXIS M. SMITH, “Glaciers”, 174 pages, 2012.

07: GRAHAM JOYCE, “Some Kind of Fairy Tale”, 320 pages, 2012. [Urban Fantasy]

08: SERGEJ DOVLATOV, “A Foreign Woman”, 113 pages, 1991.

09: SASHA SOKOLOV, “A School for Fools”, 232 pages, 1976. [Russian]

10: LIZA KLAUSSMANN, “Tigers in Red Weather”, 368 pages, 2012.

11: SARAH MANGUSO, “The Guardians: An Elegy”, 128 pages, 2012. [Portrait / Memoir]

12: CLAIRE LEGRAND, “The Cavandish Home for Boys and Girls”, 352 pages, 2012. [Young Adult, Horror]

13: PATRICK FLANERY, “Absolution”, 400 pages, 2012. [Thriller, South Africa]

14: DAVID VAN REYBROUCK, “Kongo – eine Geschichte”, 783 pages, 2010. [Dutch, History]

15: RUTH KLÜGER, “Weiter leben: Eine Jugend”, 283 pages, 1992. [German, Memoir]

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

01: SUZETTE MAYR, “Monoceros”, 272 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

02: A.F. Th. VAN DER HEIJDEN, “Tonio”, 640 pages, 2011. [Dutch, Memoir]

03: EOWYN IVEY, “The Snow Child”, 389 pages, 2012.

04: ISMET PRCIC, “Shards”, 400 pages, 2011.

05: DIETMAR DATH, “Für immer in Honig”, 1035 pages, 2005.

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…and finally, here is one book that I read – and that was really good:

4 of 5 stars: GUY DELISLE, “Jerusalem”, 334 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel / Journalism]

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