Underdog Literature, January 2012: 15 fresh or amazing, 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: MATTHEW NORMAN, ‘Domestic Violets’, 352 pages, 2011.

02: PIERS BRENDON, “The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s”, 848 pages, 2000. [History]

03: JEANETTE WINTERSON, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”, 256 pages, 2011. [Memoir]

04: JORDAN ROSENFELD, “Make a Scene: Crafting a powerful Story one Scene at a Time”, 272 pages, 2007. [Creative Writing]

05: CAROLE MASO, “The Art Lover”, 176 pages, 1990.

06: JANE GARDAM, “Old Filth”, 289 pages, 2004.

07: BRIAN FARREY, ‘With or without you’, 368 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

08: ANDREW SMITH, ‘Stick’, 292 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

09: SUZETTE MAYR, ‘Monoceros’, 280 pages, 2011.

10: ALEXANDER MAKSIK, “You deserve nothing”, 323 pages, 2011.

11: CAROLINE PRESTON, “The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt”, 240 pages, 2011.

12: ANNA FUNDER, “All that I am”, 370 pages, 2011.

13: MICHAEL LESY, “Wisconsin Death Trip”, 261 pages, 1973. [Art / Photography.]

14: ALAN FLETCHER, “The Art of Looking Sideways”, 534 pages, 2001. [Art / Design / Neurology / Cultural Studies.]

15: EDEN ROBINSON, “Monkey Beach”, 384 pages, 1999.

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

01: MARILYN FRENCH, “The Women’s Room”, 544 pages, 1977.

02: HANS FALLADA, “Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt”, [German pre-WW2 classic], 584 pages, 1934.

03: TUCKER SHAW, “Everything I ate: A Year in the History of my Mouth”, 496 pages, 2005.

04: NAOMI KLEIN, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”, 588 pages, 2007.

05: DOUGLAS KENNEDY, “The Pursuit of Happiness”, 656 pages, 2001.

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

1: 4 of 5 stars: W.G. SEBALD, “Die Ausgewanderten” [US: “The Emigrants”], 354 pages, 1996.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JERRY SPINELLI, “Milkweed”, YA Holocaust Novel, 208 pages, 2003.

3: 4 of 5 stars: ELIZABETH McCRACKEN, “An exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination”, Memoir, 192 pages, 2008.

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