Underdog Literature, November 2011: 15 fresh or impressive, 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: MAGDA SZABÓ, ‚The Door‘, 272 pages, 1987 [Hungarian].

02: A.S. KING, ‚Everybody sees the Ants‘, 288 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

03: JOAN DIDION, ‚Blue Nights‘, 208 pages, 2011. [Essay]

04: JOHN B. THOMPSON, ‚Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the 21st Century‘, 440 pages, 2010. [Cultural Studies / Nonfiction]

05: BRIAN BOYD, ‚Stalking Nabkov‘, 488 Pages, 2011. [Essays / Literary Criticism]

06: ALAN HOLLINGHURST, ‚The Stranger’s Child‘, 564 pages, 2011.

07: ELIZABETH McCRACKEN, ‚An exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination‘, 192 pages, 2008. [Memoir]

08: EVAN S. CONNELL, ‚Mrs. Bridge‘, 246 pages, 1959.

09: DOROTHY BAKER, ‚Cassandra at the Wedding‘, 256 pages, 1962.

10: DAWN POWELL, ‚The wicked Pavillon‘, 281 pages, 1990.

11: FERNANDO PESSOA: ‚The Book of Disquiet‘ / ‚Das Buch der Unruhe‘, 544 pages, 1982.

12: MAGGIE NELSON, ‚Bluets‘, 99 pages, 2009. [Experimental Short Fiction / Memoir]

13: HELEN DeWITT, ‚The Last Samurai‘, 530 pages, 2000.

14: KATE BEATON, ‚Hark! A Vagrant‘, 160 pages, 2011. [Webcomic]

15: YUMI UNITA, ‚Bunny Drop‘, 192 pages, 2005. [Josei Manga Series / Domestic Fiction]

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

01: E.. WHITE, ‚Charlotte’s Web‘, 184 pages, 1952. [Children’s Book – it’s little-known in Germany, and I still don’t even know the details of the plot. High time!]

02: BRIAN SELZNICK, ‚The Invention of Hugo Cabret‘, 533 pages, 2007. [Steampunk / Fantasy / Young Adult]

03: SIBYLLE BERG, ‚Der Mann schläft‘, 309 pages, 2009. [German]

04: MICHAEL KÖHLMEIER, ‚Abendland‘, 794 pages, 2007. [German. I’ve read the first 50 pages, and have an excellent feeling so far.]

05: SEBASTIAN CHRIST, ‚Das Knurren der Panzer im Frühling. Ein Kriegsbericht aus Afghanistan‘, 224 pages, 2011 [German, Reportage] Update: I’ve read it – and it’s pretty good: 4 of 5 stars. And – strangely enough – a great companion to Greg Rucka’s Afghanistan thriller ‚A Gentleman’s Game‘, 2004)

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

1: 4 of 5 stars: JULIE ORRINGER, ‚The invisible Bridge‘, 602 pages, 2010.

2: 4 of 5 stars: SUSAN J. DOUGLAS, ‚Where the Girls are: Growing up Female with Mass Media‘, 349 pages, 1995 [Cultural Studies / Feminism]

3: 4 of 5 stars: A.S. KING, ‚Please ignore Vera Dietz‘, 336 pages, 2010 [Young Adult].

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