Underdog Literature, January 2013: 15 fresh or amazing, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature January 2013.

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: MATT BELL, “In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods”, ?? pages, June 2013.

02: MATT DRURY, “Pacific”, 352 pages, April 2013.

03: RACHEL KUSHNER, “The Flame Throwers”, 400 pages, April 2013.

04: BEN LERNER, “Leaving the Atocha Station”, 272 pages, 2012.

05: KARIN TIDBECK, “Jagannath”, 114 pages, 2012. [Short Fiction, Fantasy]

06: RUDOLF WITTKOWER, “Born under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists”, 360 pages, 1968. [Cultural History]

07: NEVIL SHUTE, “Trustee from the Toolroom”, 316 pages, 1960.

08: SEBASTIAN HAFFNER, “Defying Hitler” / “Die Geschichte eines Deutschen”, 309 pages, 2000. [Memoir, German]

09: REYNOLDS PRICE, “The Promise of Rest”, 368 pages, 1995.

10: JAMES LIPTON, “An Exaltation of Larks”, 336 pages, 1970. [Trivia / Lists]

11: MICHAEL G. CONEY, “Hello Summer, Goodbye”, 221 pages, 1975. [Science-Fiction]

12: HENRI LEFEBVRE, “Critique of Everyday Life”, 842 pages, 1942. [French Philosophy / Cultural Studies]

13: HEATHER WALDORF, “Tripping”, 344 pages, 2009. [Young Adult]

14: JOHN VON DÜFFEL, “Zeit des Verschwindens”, 208 pages, 2000. [German]

15: PETER BUWALDA, “Bonita Avenue”, 543 pages, 2010. [Dutch; German edition available on Feb 22nd, 2013, Rowohlt]

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

01: DONALD HALL, “The Best Day, the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon”, 258 pages, 2005. [Memoir / Writing / Death]

02: JULIE ANNE PETERS, “Between Mom and Jo”, 240 pages, 2006. [Young Adult]

03: ROBERT BOSWELL, “Crooked Hearts”, 339 pages, 1987.

04: HANS MAGNUS ENZENSBERGER, “Hammerstein”, 402 pages, 2008. [German]

05: NOELLE HANCOCK, “My Year with Eleanor”, 304 pages, 2011. [Memoir / Self-Help, recommendation by Karla Paul (Link), German edition here]

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

5 of 5 stars: RUTH KLÜGER, “Still alive” / “weiter leben. Eine Jugend”, 283 pages, 1992 [Holocaust Memoir, German]

4 of 5 stars: JULIE REECE DEAVER, “Say Goodnight, Gracie”, 224 pages, 1988. [Young Adult]

4 of 5 stars: DAVID MARKSON, “The Last Novel”, 220 pages, 2007. [Trivia / Lists / post-modern]

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