Underdog Literature, May 2013: 15 fresh or remarkable, off-the-wall books

Underdog Literature WordPress May 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: LAUREN KIRSHNER, “Where we have to go”, 336 pages, 2009. [Canada, Coming-of-Age]

02: MICHAEL DAHLIE, “The Best of Youth”, 288 pages, January 2013.

03: NOELLE REVAZ, “With the Animals”, 232 pages, 2002. [Switzerland]

04: PAUL RUSSELL, “The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov”, 375 pages, 2010.

05: PETER RUSHFORTH, “Kindergarten”, 224 pages, 1979.

06: ANDRÉ MAUROIS, “Climates”, 400 pages, 1928. [France]

07: CHARLES NEWMAN, “In Partial Disgrace”, 600 pages, March 2013.

08: ANDRÉ CARL VAN DER MERWE, “Moffie”, 314 pages, 2006. [South Africa]

09: FRANK NORRIS, “The Octopus. A Novel of California”, 688 pages, 1901.

10: DIANE ATHILL, “Stet. An Editor’s Life”, 256 pages, 2000. [Memoir]

11: ALEKSANDER WAT, “My Century”, 448 pages, 1977. [Memoir / Journalism; Poland]

12: KEVIN GUILFOILE, “Cast of Shadows”, 336 pages, 2005. [Sci-Fi / Thriller]

13: SALLY CLARK, “Waiting for the Revolution”, 362 pages, 2010. [Toronto]

14: CONSTANCE SQUIRES, “Along the Watchtower”, 320 pages, 2011. [Coming-of-Age]

15: ALICE ZENITER, “Take this Man”, 176 pages, 2011. [Nonfiction, France]

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

01: JOSEPH KESSEL, “Belle de jour”, 188 pages, 1928.

02: BARBARA STAFFORD, “The Mountain Lion”, 240 pages, 1972.

03: DANZY SENNA, “Caucasia”, 413 pages, 1998.

04: JOHN LANCHESTER, “The Debt to Pleasure”, 272 pages, 1996.

05: PATRICK McGUINNESS, “The Last Hundred Days”, 384 pages, 2011. [Romania]

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

5 of 5 stars: CARSON McCULLERS, “The Member of the Wedding”, 240 pages, 1946. [Coming-of-Age / Southern Fiction]

5 of 5 stars: MARIA SEMPLE, “Where’d you go, Bernadette”, 326 pages, 2012.

4 of 5 stars: 05: BARBARA DEMICK, “Nothing to envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea”, 314 pages, 2009. [non-fiction]

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