Underdog Literature, August 2012: 15 fresh or forgotten, 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: PETER HELLER, “The Dog Stars”, 336 pages, 2012.

02: RAFAEL YGLESIAS, “A happy Marriage”, 384 pages, 2009.

03: JONATHAN TROPPER, “One Last Thing before I go”, 336 pages, 2012.

04: JENNY LAWSON, “Let’s pretend this never happened”, 318 pages, 2012. [Comedy / Memoir]

05: LAURIE NOTARO, “I love everybody”, 240 pages, 2004. [Comedy / Memoir]

06: CAITLIN MORAN, “How to be a Woman”, 320 pages, 2011. [Comedy / Memoir / Feminism]

07: PETER DE VRIES, “The Blood of the Lamb”, 248 pages, 1963.

08: RUTH PICARDI, “Before I say Goodbye”, 128 pages, 1998. [Memoir]

09: DONALD RICHIE, “The Japan Journals: 1947 – 2004”, 510 pages, 2004. [Memoir]

10: KAMAL al-SOLAYLEE, “Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes”, 224 pages, 2012. [Memoir]

11: LAUREN GREENFIELD, “Thin”, 224 pages, 2006. [Photography / Nonfiction]

12: CARL NIXON, “Rocking Horse Road”, 234 pages, 2007. [Crime, New Zealand, German edition here.]

13: ÉDOUARD LEVÉ, “Suicide”, 123 pages, 2008. [Nonfiction / Memoir, German edition here.]

14: STEPHAN THOME, “Fliehkräfte”, 474 pages, 2012. [German]

15: KEVIN KUHN, “Hikikomori”, 240 pages, 2012. [German; Hildesheim / writing colleague of mine.]

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

01: WILLY VLAUTIN, “The Motel Life”, 240 pages, 2006.

02: MARCUS JENSEN, “Oberland”, 506 pages, 2004. [German]

03: JEFF NOON, “Vurt”, 342 pages, 1993. [Sci-Fi / Cyberpunk]

04: INIO ASANO, “Solanin”, 424 pages, 2006. [Slice-of-Life Manga]

05: JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN, “Pulphead”, 365 pages, 2011. [Essays / Cultural Criticism; German edition here.]

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

4 of 5 stars: BRIAN SELZNICK, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”, 544 pages, 2007. [Illustrated Novel, for kids: If you’re older than 12, you might be bored. But it works really well for the target audience, and I enjoyed it.]

4 of 5 stars: FUNNY VAN MONEY, “This is Niedersachsen und nicht Las Vegas, Honey: Auf Tabledance-Tour durch die Republik”, 224 Seiten, 2012. [Nonfiction, German]

5 of 5 stars: JOACHIM HELFER, RASHID al-DAIF, “Die Verschwulung der Welt: Rede gegen Rede. Beirut – Berlin”, 199 pages, 2006. [Nonfiction, German]

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