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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