Underdog Literature, October 2011: 15 fresh or surprising, 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: LINDSAY HUNTER, ‘Daddy’s’, 224 pages, 2010.

02: AMY WALDMAN, ‘The Submission’, 300 pages, 2011.

03: JOHN SAYLES, ‘A Moment in the Sun’, 955 pages, 2011.

04: OLGA GRUSHIN, ‘The Dream Life of Sukhanov’, 368 pages, 2005.

05: SALVADOR PLASCENCIA, ‘The People of Paper’, 256 pages, 2005.

06: JOHN BARNES: ‘Tales from the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973′, 496 pages, 2009.

07: RON CURRIE Jr., ‘Everything matters!’, 320 pages, 2009.

08: MARTIN WILSON, ‘What they always tell us’, 293 pages, 2008. [Young Adult]

09: WILKIE COLLINS, ‘The Woman in White’, 672 pages, 1876. [Horror]

10: THOMAS SAVAGE, ‘The Power of the Dog’, 304 pages, 1967.

11: JORIS-KARL HUYSMANS, ‘Against Nature’, 288 pages, 1884.

12: JOHN EDWARD WILLIAMS, ‘Stoner’, 278 pages, 1965.

13: WILLIAM BOYD, ‘Any Human Heart’, 512 pages, 2002.

14: NICHOLAS MOSLEY, ‘Hopeful Monsters’, 550 pages, 1990.

15: MARY GLADYS MEREDITH WEBB, ‘Precious Bane’, 32o pages, 1924.

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

01: NANCY E. TURNER, ‘These is my Words’, 384, 1998.

02: WENDELL BERRY, ‘Jayber Crow’, 363 pages, 2000.

03: NANCY WERLIN, ‘The Rules of Survival’, 272 pages, 2006. [Young Adult]

04: HERTA MÜLLER, ‘Der König verneigt sich und tötet’, 203 pages, 2003. [German, title of the translation: ‘The King bows and kills’]

05: GAIL TSUKIYAMA, ‘The Samurai’s Garden’, 211 pages, 1994.

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

1: 5 of 5 stars: TOVE JANSSON, ‘Summer Book’, 160 pages, 1972.

2: 5 of 5 stars [a little slow and not for everyone – but an excellent portrait]: WALLACE STEGNER, ‘Crossing to Safety’, 368 pages, 1987.

3: 4 of 5 stars: JEAN KWOK, ‘Girl in Translation’, 293 pages, 2010.

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