Underdog Literature, May 2012: 15 fresh or remarkable, 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: RICHARD FORD, “Canada”, 432 pages, 2012.

02: JOSHUA HENKIN, “The World without you”, 336 pages, 2012.

03: DIRK WITTENBORN, “Fierce People”, 335 pages, 2003.

04: STEPHEN L. PECK, “A Short Stay in Hell”, 108 pages, 2012.

05: CAROL RIFKA BRUNT, “Tell the Wolves I’m home”, 368 pages, 2012.

06: KAZUSHI HOSAKA, “Plainsong”, 169 pages, 2011. [Japan]

07: STEVE ERICKSON, “These Dreams of you”, 309 pages, 2012.

08: RAYMOND FEDERMAN, “Double or Nothing”, 267 pages, 1971. [postmodern / Typography]

09: ANDRI SNAER MAGNASON, “LoveStar”, 275 pages, 2002. [Science Fiction, Iceland]

10: GREG RUCKA, “Alpha”, 304 pages, 2012. [Thriller]

11: RACHEL MADDOW, “Drift. The Unmooring of America’s Military Power”, 276 pages, 2012. [Cultural Studies / Essay]

12: AUSTIN KLEON, “Steal like an Artist”, 160 pages, 2012. [Cultural Studies / Self-Help]

13: JOHN VAN DE RUIT, “Spud”, 352 pages, 2006. [Young Adult, South Africa]

14: ANNETT GRÖSCHNER, “Mit der Linie 4 um die Welt”, 250 pages, 2012. [Journalism/Travel, German]

15: MATTHIAS SENKEL, “Frühe Vögel”, 298 pages, 2012. [German; Link to Amazon]

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

01: FRANCIS SPUFFORD, “Red Plenty”, 448 pages, 2007. [Science Fiction; German version published in April 2012: “Rote Zukunft”, Rowohlt]

02: JUNICHIRO TANIZAKI, “The Makiota Sisters”, 544 pages, 1946. [Japan]

03: LYNNE TILMAN, “Haunted Houses”, 208 pages, 1995. [Young Adult]

04: MARK OLIVER EVERETT, “Things the Grandchildren should know”, 256 pages, 2007.

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

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

1: 4 of 5 stars: BRAD KESSLER, “Birds in Fall”, 256 pages, 2006.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JHUMPA LAHIRI, “The Namesake”, 304 pages, 2003.

3: 4 of 5 stars: WOLFGANG HERRNDORF, “Tschick”, 253 pages, 2010. [Young Adult, German]

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