Underdog Literature, April 2012: 15 fresh or urgent, 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: ADAM LEVIN, “Hot Pink”, 207 pages, 2012. [Short Stories]

02: ELLEN ULLMAN, “By Blood”, 384 pages, 2012.

03: DOROTHY CANFIELD-FISHER, “The Home-Maker”, 320 pages, 1924.

04: C.D. PAYNE, “Youth in Revolt”, 499 pages, 1995. [Young Adult]

05: JOHAN HARSTAD, “Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the Confusion?”, 478 pages, 2005. [Young Adult, Norway]

06: DENNIS COOPER, “The Sluts”, 304 pages, 2004.

07: AMBER DERMONT, “The Starboard Sea”, 320 pages, 2012.

08: CATHERINE CHUNG, “Forgotten Country”, 304 pages, 2012.

09: LAN SAMANTHA CHANG, “All is forgotten, nothing is lost”, 208 pages, 2010.

10: KAUI HART HEMMINGS, “The Descendants”, 283 pages, 2007.

11: STEVE YARBROUGH, “Safe from the Neighbors”, 272 pages, 2010.

12: BARBARA WRIGHT, “Crow”, 320 pages, 2012. [Young Adult]

13: REBECCA BROWN, “Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary”, 128 pages, 2001.

14: CHARLOTTE ROGAN, “The Lifeboat”, 275 pages, 2012.

15: EDMUND WHITE, “Jack Holmes and his Friend”, 392 pages, 2012.

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

01: SLOAN WILSON, “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit”, 288 pages, 1954.

02: BRAD KESSLER, “Birds in Fall”, 256 pages, 2006.

03: WILLIAM MAXWELL, “The Folded Leaf”, 289 pages, 1945.

04: GRAHAM RAWLE, “Woman’s World”, 450 pages, 2005.

05: ANN-MARIE MacDONALD, “The Way the Crow flies”, 848 pages, 2003.

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

1: 4 of 5 stars: GAYLE FORMAN, “If I stay”, 199 pages, 2009. [Young Adult]

2: 4 of 5 stars: KENNY FRIES, “Body, remember”, 256 pages, 1997. [Memoir]

3: 4 of 5 stars: GREGORY CREWDSON, “In a lonely Place”, 160 pages, 2011. [Photography]

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