Underdog Literature: 15 fresh or forgotten, 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: VASSILI GROSSMAN, ‘Life and Fate’, 880 pages, 1956.

02: WILLIAM HORWOOD, ‘Skallagrigg’, 728 pages, 1987.

03: ERIC SLOANE, ‘Diary of an Early American Boy’, 128 pages, 1958.

04: JEAN RHYS, ‘Good Morning, Midnight’, 159 pages, 1939.

05: SHIRLEY JACKSON, ‘We have always lived in the Castle’, 176 pages, 1962.

06: W.G. SEBALD, ‘The Emigrants’, 256 pages, 1992. [I STILL haven’t read anything by him.]

07: VICTOR VILLASENOR, ‘Rain of Gold’, 576 pages, 1991. [Nonfiction / Memoir]

08: ROBERT McCAMMON, ‘Boy’s Life’, 624 pages, 1991. [Fantasy / Coming of Age]

09: HARIETTE SIMPSON ARNOW, ‘The Dollmaker’, 624 pages, 1954.

10: TOM STOPPARD, ‘Acardia: A Play’, 96 pages, 1993.

11: URSULA HEGI, ‘Stones from the River’, 525 pages, 1994. [It’s set in Germany and was an Oprah bestseller in the US, but I have never heard of it before.]

12: DODIE SMITH, ‘I capture the Castle’, 352 pages, 1948. [Coming of Age]

13: KEN KESEY, ‘Sometimes a great Notion’, 640 pages, 1963.

14: BRYCE COURTENAY, ‘The Power of One’, 528 pages, 1989. [Coming of Age]

15: CORRIE TEN BOOM, ‘The Hiding Place’, 256 pages, 1971. [Memoir]

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

01: WALLACE STEGNER, ‘Crossing to Safety’, 368 pages, 1987.

02: KELLY ESKRIDGE, ‘Solitaire’, 368 pages, 2002. [Young Adult Sci-Fi]

03: A.L. KENNEDY, ‘Everything you need’, 560 pages, 1999.

04: LYNNE SHARON SCHWARTZ, ‘Disturbances in the Field’, 341 pages, 1983.

05: JAMES SALTER, ‘Light Years’, 308 pages, 1975.

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

1: 4 of 5 stars: JONATHAN FRANZEN, ‘Freedom’, 576 pages, 2010.

2: 4 of 5 stars: GRANT MORRISON: ‘We3’, 104 pages, 2005. [Graphic Novel]

3: 4 of 5 stars: FRÉDÉRIC MARTEL, ‘Mainstream’, 464 pages, 2010. [Cultural Studies]

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