Underdog Literature, March 2012: 15 fresh or overlooked, 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: CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH, “The Rules of Inheritance”, 298 pages, 2012.C

02: ISMET PRCIC, “Shards”, 400 pages, 2011.

03: JEFF MARTIN, “The late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books”, 165 pages, 2011.

04: GUY DELISLE, “Jerusalem”, 334 pages, 2011. [Graphic Novel; nonfiction]

05: LIZ MOORE, “Heft”, 352 pages, 2012.

06: EOWYN IVEY, “The Snow Child”, 389 pages, 2011.

07: AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”, 240 pages, 2005.

08: ERIC WALTERS, “Safe as Houses”, 160 pages, 2007. [Young Adult]

09: SHARON M. DRAPER, “Out of my Mind”, 295 pages, 2010. [Young Adult]

10: RYAN KNIGHTON, “C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark”, 272 pages, 2010. [Memoir]

11: ALISON BECHDEL, “Are you my Mother?”, 224 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel / Memoir]

12: HAVEN KIMMEL, “She got off the Couch; and other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana”, 320 pages, 2005. [Humor]

13: JULIE ANNE PETERS, “Between Mom and Jo”, 240 pages, 2007. [Young Adult]

14: MILLEN BRAND, “The Outward Room”, 240 pages, 1937.

15: STEPHANIE COONTZ, “The Way we never were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap”, 432 pages, 1992.

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

01: WOLFGANG HERRNDORF, “Tschick”, 253 pages, 2010 [Young Adult, German].

02: SARAH OCKLER, “Twenty Boy Summer”, 290 pages, 2009 [Young Adult].

03: PATRICK DeWITT, “The Sisters Brothers”, 352 pages, 2011.

04: ROHINTON MISTRY, “A Fine Balance”, 603 pages, 1995.

05: REBECCA SKLOOT, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, 370 pages, 2010.

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

1: 5 of 5 stars: STEWART O’NAN, “The Odds”, 179 pages, 2012.

2: 4 of 5 stars: BRIAN FRANCIS, “Natural Order”, 384 pages, 2011.

3: 4 of 5 stars: OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, “Kindred”, 288 pages, 1983.

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