Underdog Literature, August 2013: 15 fresh or forgotten, off-the-walls titles

Underdog Literature WordPress August 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: MARISHA PESSL, “Night Film” [German: ‘Die amerikanische Nacht’], 624 pages, August 2013.

02: GABRIEL ROTH, “The Unknowns”, 224 pages, June 2013.

03: RUSSELL HOBAN, “Turtle Diary”, 208 pages, 1978.

04: PAMELA ERENS, “The Virgins”, 288 pages, August 2013.

05: JUAN GABRIEL VÁSQUEZ, “The Sound of Things Falling”, 259 pages, 2011. [Colombia; US edition August 2013]

06: EMMANUEL BOVE, “Armand”, 200 pages, 1927. [France]

7: RAFAEL CHIRBES, “Crematorio”, 424 pages, 2007. [Spain]

08: EMINE SEVGI ÖZDAMAR, “The Bridge of the Golden Horn”, 320 pages, 1998.  [Turkish / German; Memoir]

09: ISELIN C. HERMANN, “Priority”, 144 pages, 1998. [Denmark]

10: TONINO BENACQUISTA, “Saga”, 439 pages, 1997. [France]

11: KELLY WILLIAMS BROWN: “Adulting: How to become a Grown-Up in 468 easy(ish) Steps”, 288 pages, May 2013. [Humor / Self-Help]

12: TIM LEONG, “Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe”, 196 pages, September 2013. [Infographics / Trivia]

13: NAOKI HIGASHIDA: “The Reason I jump: The Inner Voice of a 13-year-old Boy with Autism”, 176 pages, July 2013. [Nonfiction, translated by David Mitchell]

14: PAOLA PREDICATORI, “Der Regen in deinem Zimmer”, 240 pages, 2012. [Young Adult, Italy]

15: LUKAS JÜLIGER, “Vakuum”, 112 pages, 2012. [Coming-of-Age Graphic Novel, German, Review here]

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

01: KARL OVE KNAUSGARD, “A Death in the Family” / “Sterben”, 400 pages, 2009. [Norwegian]

02: KARL-MARKUS GAUß: “Zu früh, zu spät: Zwei Jahre”, 416 pages, 2008. [Austrian; Journalism]

03: WALTER KEMPOWSKI, “Das Echolot: Abgesang ’45”, 491 pages, 2007. [German History]

04: LIANE DIRKS, “Vier Arten, meinen Vater zu beerdigen”, 256 pages, 2002. [German, Memoir]

05: NICOLAS BORN, “Die Fälschung”, 316 pages, 1979. [German]

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

5 of 5 stars: JOHN BRANDON, “Citrus County”, 224 pages, 2010.

5 of 5 stars: ALEX RÜHLE, “Ohne Netz”, 220 pages, 2010. [German Journalism – surprisingly likeable, sane, engaging and fun!]

5 of 5 stars: J.H. WILLIAMS III, “Batwoman 3: World’s Finest”, 168 pages, 2013. Book 1 (link) and 2 (link) of the series were excellent (5-star-) books, too. [Graphic Novel]

If you’re new to “Batwoman” comics, start here (link).

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2 comments

  1. Marisha Pessl liegt hier bereits und wartet darauf gelesen zu werden – ich bin schon jetzt sehr gespann!🙂 Das Buch von Paola Predicatori habe ich ja ganz gerne gelesen – auch wenn es wirklich eher als Jugendbuch zu lesen ist.

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