Underdog Literature, April 2013: 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: RON CURRIE, jr.: “Flimsy little plastic Miracles”, 340 pages, February 2013.

02: HELEN GARNER, “Monkey Grip”, 245 pages, 1977. [Australia]

03: CHESTER HIMES, “If he hollers, let him go”, 224 pages, 1945. [Racism]

04: JULIE KIBLER, “Calling me Home”, 336 pages, 2012. [Romance / Mainstream]

05: DANA JOHNSON: “Elsewhere, California”, 304 pages, 2012.

06: KAREN BOYE, “Kallocain”, 224 pages, 1940. [Dystopia / SF]

07: JAKOV LIND, “Landscape in Concrete”, 190 pages, 1968.

08: LAWRENCE THORNTON, “Imagining Argentina”, 240 pages, 1987.

09: TYLER McMAHON, “How The Mistakes were made”, 352 pages, 2011. [Novel about a Courtney-Love-like punk / grunge singer.]

10: PETER NATHANIEL MALAE, “Our frail Blood”, 448 pages, February 2013.

11: MICHAEL KIMBALL, “Big Ray”, 192 pages, 2012.

12: STEVE ABEE, “Johnny Future”, 208 pages, 2009.

13: GOLDA FRIED, “Nellcott is my Darling”, 160 pages, 2001. [Young Adult; Toronto]

14: VIKKI WAKEFIELD, “Friday Brown”, 345 pages, 2012. [Young Adult]

15: FRANK DEFORD, “Alex. The Life of a Child”, 142 pages, 1983. [Biography / Death]

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

01: SHUSAKO ENDO, “When I whistle” / “Eine Klinik in Tokyo”,  273 pages, 1979. [Japanese psychological novel about the war generation]

02: NATACHA APPANAH, “The Last Brother”, 165 pages, 2007.

03: ERLEND LOE, “Naive. Super”, 208 pages, 1996. [Finnish Young Adult Bestseller]

04: DEZSő KOSTOLÁNYI, “Skylark”, 222 pages, 1924. [Hungary]

05: IRENE SABATINI, “The Boy Next Door”, 416 pages, 2009. [Zimbabwe]

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

5 of 5 stars: “Batwoman: Hydrology” (J.H. WILLIAMS III, W. HAYDEN BLACKMAN), 160 pages, 2012. The sequel, “To Drown the World”, is very good, too. If you want to start at the beginning – here’s a reading list I made for the character, from 2011.]

4 of 5 stars: TOBIAS WOLFF, “This Boy’s Life”, 304 pages, 1988. [Autobiography / Coming-of-Age]

4 of 5 stars: 05: SONALI DERANIYAGALA, “Wave”, 274 pages, March 2013. [Memoir about the 2004 tsunami]

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