Underdog Literature, September 2011: 15 fresh or compelling, 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: CHAD HARBACH, ‘The Art of Fielding’, 528 pages, 2011.

02: CATH CROWLEY, ‘Graffiti Moon’, 264 pages, 2010. [Coming of Age]

03: SAREE MAKDISI, ‘Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation’, 320, 2008. [Nonfiction]

04: JAMIE O’NEILL, ‘At Swim, two Boys’, 576 pages, 2000.

05: JULIAN BARNES, ‘The Sense of an Ending’, 144 pages, 2011.

06: JOHN FANTE, ‘Ask the Dust’, 165 pages, 1939.

07: JULIE ORRINGER, ‘The Invisible Bridge’, 602 pages, 2010.

08: LILY KING, ‘Father of the Rain’, 384 pages, 2010.

09: RICHARD YATES, ‘Liars in Love’, 272 pages, 1981.

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

11: JOHN HERSEY, ‘The Wall’, 640 pages, 1950.

12: DAVID MARKSON, ‘The Last Novel’, 220 pages, 2007.

13: KATI RICKENBACH, ‘Jetzt kommt später’, 304 pages, 2001. [German, Graphic Novel]

14: JÖRN MORISSE, RASMUS ENGLER, ‘Wovon lebst du eigentlich? Vom Überleben in prekären Zeiten’, 256 pages, 2007. [German, Nonfiction]

15: ANTJE RÁVIC STRUBEL, ‘Sturz der Tage in die Nacht’, 437 pages, 2011. [German]

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

01: AMOR TOWLES, ‘Rules of Civility’, 352 pages, 2011.

02: ANDRÉ ACIMAN, ‘Call me by your Name’, 248 pages, 2007.

03: JOSH KILMER-PURCELL, ‘I am not myself these days’, 305 pages, 2006. [Memoir]

04: OLIVER SACKS, ‘Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf’, 208 pages, 1989. [Nonfiction]

05: THOMAS BERNHARD, ‘Meine Preise’, 144 pages, 2009. [German, Nonfiction].

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

[this month: three indie graphic novels.]

1: 5 of 5 stars: DANIEL CLOWES, ‘Ghost World’, 80 pages, 1997.

2: 4 of 5 stars: HOWARD CRUSE, ‘Stuck Rubber Baby’, 216 pages, 1995.

3: 4 of 5 stars: DAVID B., ‘Epileptic’, 358 pages, 2002.

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