Underdog Literature, March 2013: 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: RUTH OZEKI, “A Tale for the Time being”, 432 pages, March 2013.

02: CHRISTINE SNEED, “Little-known Facts”, 304 pages, January 2013.

03: PETE WENTZ, “Gray”, 240 pages, January 2013. [Memoir of the “Fall Out Boy” singer… and “One Tree Hill” guest star.]

04: TY BURR, “Gods like us: On Movie Stardom and modern Fame”, 448 pages, 2012. [Cultural Studies]

05: SONALI DERANIYAGALA, “Wave”, 274 pages, March 2013. [Memoir about the 2004 tsunami]

06: KENT HARUF, “Benediction”, 272 pages, February 2013.

07: KATE SOUTHWOOD, “Falling to Earth”, 272 pages, February 2013.

08: MAY SARTON, “As we are now”, 144 pages, 1973.

09: JOHN GLASSCO, “Memiors of Montparnasse”, 296 pages, 1970. [Memoir about Paris in 1928]

10: DON CARPENTER, “Hard Rain Falling”, 308 pages, 1966. [Noir / Thriller]

11: CHLOE HOOPER, “Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee”, 258 pages, 2008. [True Crime]

12: MICHAEL HAINEY, “After Visiting Friends”, 320 pages, February 2013. [Memoir]

13: ERNST-WILHELM HÄNDLER, “Der Überlebende”, 250 pages, 1992. [German, Sci-Fi / Philosophy, recommended by Thomas von Steinaecker]

14: DANIEL BROOK, “A History of Future Cities”, 352 pages, February 2013. [Cultural Studies, Architecture, Urban Planning]

15: VAHRAM MURATYAN, “Paris vs. New York”, 224 pages, 2011. [Cultural Studies, Graphic Design]

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

01: GERMAN KRATOCHWIL, “Scherbengericht”, 400 pages, 2006. [German / Austrian novel about expats in Patagonia; Perlentaucher]

02: MATTHEW QUICK, “The Silver Linings Playbook”, 289 pages, 2008.

03: CORY DOCTOROW, “Homeland”, 384 pages, 2013. [YA Sci-Fi: I’m a fan of Doctorow’s writing and activism, and I liked the first book of this series, “Little Brother”]

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

4 of 5 stars: T COOPER, “Real Man Adventures”, 272 pages, 2012. [Memoir / Cultural Studies about Female-to-Male transexuality. German edition here]

4 of 5 stars: MARIA DERMOUT, “The Ten Thousand Things”, 208 pages, 1955. [Dutch / Indonesian]

4 of 5 stars: ALEXANDER MAKSIK, “You deserve nothing”, 308 pages, 2011.

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