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Best Books published by NYRB: New York Review of Books

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Here are 20 books that had my interest for a while:

all (re-)published by the New York Review of Books (Link).

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01: BARBARA COMYNS, „The Vet’s Daughter“, 133 pages, 1959.

The Vet's Daughter

02: DOROTHY B. HUGHES, „The expendable Man“, 264 pages, 1963.

The Expendable Man

03: NATSUME SOSEKI, „The Gate“, 256 pages, 1910. [Japan]

The Gate

04: G.B. EDWARDS, „The Book of Ebenezer Le Page“, 394 pages, 1981.

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

05: CAROLINE BLACKWOOD, „Corrigan“, 319 pages, 1984.

Corrigan

06: CURZIO MALAPRTE, „The Skin“, 343 pages, 1949.

The Skin

07: REBECCA WEST, „The Fountain overflows“, 408 pages, 1956.

The Fountain Overflows

08: BOLESLAW PRUS, „The Doll“, 704 pages, 1890. [Poland]

The Doll

09: GEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD, „Rogue Male“, 200 pages, 1939.

Rogue Male

10: PATRICK HAMILTON, „The Slaves of Solitude“, 256 pages, 1947.

The Slaves of Solitude

11: JOYCE CARY, „Herself Suprised“, 300 pages, 1941.

Herself Surprised

12: HELEN KELLER, „The World I live in“, 192 pages, 1908.

The World I Live In

13: PENELOPE MORTIMER, „The Pumpkin Eater“, 224 pages, 1962.

The Pumpkin Eater

14: DWIGHT MACDONALD, „Masscult and Midcult: Essays against the American Grain“, 289 pages, 2011. [Cultural Studies]

Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain

15: J.R. ACKERLEY, „My Father and myself“, 283 pages, 1968.

My Father and Myself

16: TAYEB SALIH, „Season of Migreation to the North“, 139 pages, 1966. [Sudan]

Season of Migration to the North

17: ANDREI PLATONOV, „The Foundation Pit“, 208 pages, 1969.

The Foundation Pit

18: WILLIAM McPHERSON, „Testing the Current“, 352 pages, 1984.

Testing the Current

19: VICTOR SERGE, „Memoirs of a Revolutionary“, 576 pages, 1951. [Russia]

Memoirs of a Revolutionary

20: ANTAL SZERB, „Journey by Moonlight“, 320 pages, 1937. [Hungary]

Journey by Moonlight

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Bonus: 3 NYRB books that I’ve read… and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: TOVE JANSSON, „The Summer Book“, 184 pages, 1972. [Finland]

The Summer Book

4 of 5 stars: ROBERT WALSER, „Jakob von Gunten“, 176 pages, 1908. [Austria]

Jakob von Gunten

4 of 5 stars: MARIA DERMOUT, „The Ten Thousand Things“, 208 pages, 1955. [Indonesia]

The Ten Thousand Things

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Best Books of 2013 – popular new recommendations

Underdog Literature WordPress December 2013.

Every month, I select 15 books that caught my interest lately.

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

This month – in time for Christmas:

15 of 2013’s best / most recent books!

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01: JINCY WILLETT, „Amy Falls Down“, 336 pages, May 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Satire]

Amy Falls Down: A Novel

02: J.J. ABRAMS, DOUG DORST, „S.“, 472 pages, August 2013. [post-modern fiction / Fantasy]

S.

03: TAMARA FAITH BERGER, „Little Cat“, 224 pages, June 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Memoir]

Little Cat

04: PAUL ROME, „We all sleep in the same Room“, 280 pages, October 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

We All Sleep in the Same Room

05: PETER GELFAN, „Found Objects“, 268 pages, April 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

Found Objects

06: MAC LETHAL, „Texts from Bennett“, 320 pages, September 2013. [Humour]

Texts from Bennett

07: CARI LUNA, „The Revolution of Every Day“, 392 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

The Revolution of Every Day

08: TERRY McMILLAN, „Who asked you?“, 400 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Chick Lit]

Who Asked You?

09: HELEN WAN, „The Partner Track“, 304 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

The Partner Track: A Novel

10: MARTIN FLETCHER, „Jacob’s Oath“, 323 pages, October 2013. [Historical Fiction / WW2 – and set in Heidelberg, Germany]

Jacob's Oath

11: SEBASTIEN BREBEL, „Villa Bunker“, 106 pages, July 2013. [Realistic Fiction; French]

Villa Bunker

12: MARTIN VAN BOOY, „The Illusion of Seperateness“, 224 pages, July 2013. [Historical Fiction / Realistic Fiction]

The Illusion of Separateness

13: KAREN JOY FOWLER, „We are all completely besides ourselves“, 310 pages, May 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

14: STEPHEN DIXON, „His Wife leaves him“, 407 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

His Wife Leaves Him

15: CHINELO OKPARANTA, „Happiness, like Water“, 208 pages, August 2013. [Short Stories]

Happiness, Like Water

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As a bonus, here are five 2013 nonfiction books that I’ve sampled and liked:

16: SCOTT NADELSON, „The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress“, 264 pages, February 2013.

The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress

17: SHERI FINK, „Five Days at Memorial“, 558 pages, September 2013.

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

18: J.L. WITTERICK, „My Mother’s Secret: A Novel based on a true Holocaust Story“, 208 pages, March 2013.

My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story

19: PAUL KWIATKOWSKI, „And every Day was overcast“, 280 pages, October 2013.

And Every Day Was Overcast

20: DAVID FINKEL, „Thank you for your Service“, 272 pages, October 2013.

Thank You For Your Service

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Here are five books from 2013 that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: DAVID RHODES, „Jewelweed“, 448 pages, April 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

Jewelweed

02: DONNA TARTT, „The Goldfinch“, 756 pages, October 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

The Goldfinch

03: ELIZABETH GILBERT, „The Signature of all Things“, 512 pages, October 2013. [Historical Fiction]

The Signature of All Things

04: ALISSA NUTTING, „Tampa“, 272 pages, July 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

Tampa

05: PRISCILLE SIBLEY, „The Promise of Stardust“, 432 pages, February 2013. [Mainstream]

The Promise of Stardust

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…and finally, here are nine recent books from 2013 that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: DAVID LEVITHAN, „Two Boys kissing“, 208 pages, August 2013. [Realistic Fiction / YA]

Two Boys Kissing

4 of 5 stars: KATE SOUTHWOOD, „Falling to Earth“, 272 pages, March 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Historical Fiction]

Falling to Earth

4 of 5 stars: JANETTE JENKINS, „Firefly“, 156 pages, June 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

Firefly

4 of 5 stars: DENNIS MAHONEY, „Fellow Mortals“, 288 pages, February 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

Fellow Mortals

4 of 5 stars: LEA CARPENTER, „Eleven Days“, 288 pages, June 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

Eleven Days

4 of 5 stars: SUSAN NUSSBAUM, „Good Kings Bad Kings“, 298 pages, March 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA / literary fiction]

Good Kings Bad Kings

4 of 5 stars: SARI BOTTON, „Goodbye to all that. Writers on Loving and Leaving New York“, 288 pages, September 2013. [personal Essays]

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

4 of 5 stars: SONALI DERANYIAGALA, „Wave“, 274 pages, March 2013. [Memoir]

Wave

4 of 5 stars: NICKOLAS BUTLER, „Shotgun Lovesongs“, 432 pages, September 2013. [Mainstream; German edition]

Shotgun Lovesongs

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…have a look at my „Young Adult Literature: Best of 2013“ recommendations, too!

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Underdog Literature, March 2013: 15 fresh or overlooked, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature March 2013 WordPress.

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: RUTH OZEKI, „A Tale for the Time being“, 432 pages, March 2013.

02: CHRISTINE SNEED, „Little-known Facts“, 304 pages, January 2013.

03: PETE WENTZ, „Gray“, 240 pages, January 2013. [Memoir of the „Fall Out Boy“ singer… and „One Tree Hill“ guest star.]

04: TY BURR, „Gods like us: On Movie Stardom and modern Fame“, 448 pages, 2012. [Cultural Studies]

05: SONALI DERANIYAGALA, „Wave“, 274 pages, March 2013. [Memoir about the 2004 tsunami]

06: KENT HARUF, „Benediction“, 272 pages, February 2013.

07: KATE SOUTHWOOD, „Falling to Earth“, 272 pages, February 2013.

08: MAY SARTON, „As we are now“, 144 pages, 1973.

09: JOHN GLASSCO, „Memiors of Montparnasse“, 296 pages, 1970. [Memoir about Paris in 1928]

10: DON CARPENTER, „Hard Rain Falling“, 308 pages, 1966. [Noir / Thriller]

11: CHLOE HOOPER, „Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee“, 258 pages, 2008. [True Crime]

12: MICHAEL HAINEY, „After Visiting Friends“, 320 pages, February 2013. [Memoir]

13: ERNST-WILHELM HÄNDLER, „Der Überlebende“, 250 pages, 1992. [German, Sci-Fi / Philosophy, recommended by Thomas von Steinaecker]

14: DANIEL BROOK, „A History of Future Cities“, 352 pages, February 2013. [Cultural Studies, Architecture, Urban Planning]

15: VAHRAM MURATYAN, „Paris vs. New York“, 224 pages, 2011. [Cultural Studies, Graphic Design]

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

01: GERMAN KRATOCHWIL, „Scherbengericht“, 400 pages, 2006. [German / Austrian novel about expats in Patagonia; Perlentaucher]

02: MATTHEW QUICK, „The Silver Linings Playbook“, 289 pages, 2008.

03: CORY DOCTOROW, „Homeland“, 384 pages, 2013. [YA Sci-Fi: I’m a fan of Doctorow’s writing and activism, and I liked the first book of this series, „Little Brother“]

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

4 of 5 stars: T COOPER, „Real Man Adventures“, 272 pages, 2012. [Memoir / Cultural Studies about Female-to-Male transexuality. German edition here]

4 of 5 stars: MARIA DERMOUT, „The Ten Thousand Things“, 208 pages, 1955. [Dutch / Indonesian]

4 of 5 stars: ALEXANDER MAKSIK, „You deserve nothing“, 308 pages, 2011.

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Underdog Literature, December 2012: 15 fresh or brilliant, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature December 2012 WordPress.

Here are 12 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles – all published in 2012 – that might deserve more attention:

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01: RICHARD KRAMER, „These Things happen“, 272 pages, 2012. [quirky domestic drama, written by a former „My so-called Life“ writer.]

02: PHILIP SINGTON, „The Valley of Unknowing“, 298 pages, 2012. [set in the GDR, a story in the style of „The Lives of Others“]

03: LEANNE SHAPTON, „Swimming Studies“, 336 pages, 2012. [Essays / Memoir, German title: „Bahnen ziehen“ (Link, Perlentaucher)]

04: KEVIN YOUNG, „The Grey Album“, 476 pages, 2012. [Essays / Experimental]

05: WILEY CASH, „A Land more kind than Home“, 320 pages, 2012. [literary Thriller]

06: GILLIAN FLYNN, „Gone Girl“, 419 pages, 2012 [Thriller / Bestseller].

07: JESS WALTER, „Beautiful Ruins“, 337 pages, 2012 [Bestseller].

08: FLORIAN ILLIES, „1913 – Der Sommer des Jahrhunderts“, 320 pages, 2012. [German (Link: Perlentaucher)]

09: PIA ZIEFLE, „Suna“, 304 pages, 2012. [German]

10: VERONIQUE BIZOT, „Un Avenir“ / „Eine Zukunft“, 130 pages, 2011. [French; German edition (Link, 2012)review at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Link)]

11: KERSTIN EKMAN, „Schwindlerinnen“ / „Grand final i skojarbranschen“, 448 pages, 2011. [Swedish, German edition 2012 (Perlentaucher)]

12: MICHEL ROSTAIN, „The Son“ / „Le Fils“ / „Als ich meine Eltern verließ“, 160 pages, 2011. [French Memoir, German Edition 2012 (Perlentaucher)]

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Here are nine 2012 books that I’ve featured / mentioned here before… and that might (still) be worth a look:

01: STEVE ERICKSON, “These Dreams of you”, 309 pages, 2012.

02: SHANNON MESSENGER, “Keeper of the Lost Cities”, 496 pages, 2012. [Young Adult / Fantasy]

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

04: FRANCIS SPUFFORD, “Red Plenty”, 448 pages, 2007. [Science Fiction; German version published in April 2012: „Rote Zukunft“, Rowohlt]

05: JENNY LAWSON, “Let’s pretend this never happened”, 318 pages, 2012. [Memoir / Comedy]

06: NICK HARKAWAY, „Angelmaker“, 482 pages, 2012. [post-modern, absurdist Sci-Fi Noir]

07: GAITO GASDANOW, „Das Phantom des Alexander Wolf“, 192 pages, 1947. [Russian emigré writer, new German translation]

08: GERMÁN KRATOCHWIL, „Scherbengericht“, 311 pages, 2012. [German, Link (Perlentaucher)]

09: NORA BOSSONG, „Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung“, 296 pages, 2012. [German, Link (Perlentaucher)]

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Here are 3 books not published in 2012 (…to round up „Underdog Literature’s“ usual „15 new recommendations, every month“ format):

01: TAIYE SELASI, „Ghana must go“, 336 pages, 2013.

02: SAMANTHA HUNT, „The Seas“, 193 pages, 2004.

03: J.L. CARR, „A Month in the Country“, 135 pages, 1980.

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

01: SIMON MAWER, „The Fall“, 442 pages, 2003.

02: NATALIA GINZBURG, „All our Yesterdays“, 300 pages, 1952.

03: KVETA LEGATOVA, „Zelary“ / „Der Mann aus Zelary“, 156 pages, 2001 [Czechian].

04: WILLY RUSSELL, „The Wrong Boy“, 506 pages, 2002.

05: MARKUS FELDENKIRCHEN, „Was zusamengehört“, 318 pages, 2010. [German]

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

5 of 5 stars: ALEXIS M. SMITH, „Glaciers“, 174 pages, 2012.

5 of 5 stars: MARLEN HAUSHOFER, „The Wall“ / „Die Wand“, 284 pages, 1962. [Austrian]

4 of 5 stars: DANIELA KRIEN, „Irgendwann werden wir uns alles erzählen“, 240 pages, 2011. [German]

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