Underdog Literature, January 2014: 15 fresh or amazing, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature WordPress January 2014.

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: LEONARD COHEN, “The Favorite Game”, 248 pages, 1963.

The Favorite Game

02: JAC JEMC, “My only Wife”, 194 pages, 2012.

My Only Wife

03: JANET HOBHOUSE, “The Furies”, 312 pages, 1992.

The Furies

04: ELIZABETH FORSYTHE HAILEY, “A Woman of independent Means”, 304 pages, 1978. [Mainstream / Chic-Lit?]

A Woman of Independent Means

05: EDUARDO GALEONO, “The Book of Embraces”, 288 pages, 1989. [Fragments; Uruguay]

The Book of Embraces

06: ERNEST RAYMOND, “We, the Accused”, 509 pages, 1935. [True Crime? Journalism?]

We, the Accused

07: ALBERTO BARRERA TYSZKA, “The Sickness”, 192 pages, 2006. [Venezuela]

The Sickness

08: LARA FERGUS, “My Sister Chaos”, 204 pages, 2010.

My Sister Chaos

09: MERCÈ RODOREDA, “A Broken Mirror”, 226 pages, 1985. [Spain]

A Broken Mirror

10: PAUL RUSSELL, “War against the Animals”, 358 pages, 2003.

War Against the Animals

11: MURIEL SPARK, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”, 137 pages, 1961.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

12: WILLIAM TREVOR, “Reading Turgenev”, ca. 252 pages, 1991.

Reading Turgenev

13: PATRICK WHITE, “Happy Valley”, 317 pages, 1939.

Happy Valley

14: JOHN HENRY MACKAY, “The Hustler”, 312 pages, 1926.

The Hustler: The Story of A Nameless Love from Friedrichstrasse

15: KEITH WALDROP, “Light while there is Light. An American History”, 208 pages, 1993. [Memoir]

Light While There Is Light: An American History

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

No: I needed money for Christmas presents last month and didn’t buy any books for myself. But here are things I WANT to buy soon:

01: LEE MAYNARD, “Crum”, 170 pages, 2001.

Crum: The Novel

02: JAMES SCHUYLER, “What’s for Dinner?”, 211 pages, 1978.

What's for Dinner?

03: STIG SAETERBAKKEN, “Through the Night”, 150 pages, 2012. [Norway]

Through the Night

04: HERMANN UNGAR, “The Class” / “Die Klasse”, 176 pages, 1927. [set in Prague, written in German]

The Class

05: GERD BRANTENBERG, “Egalia’s Dauthers. A Satire of the Sexes”, 270 pages, 1977. [Feminist Science Fiction; Norway].

Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes

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

4 of 5 stars: ÉDOUARD LEVÉ, “Autoportrait”, 120 pages, 2005. [Memoir / Art Novel / post-modern literary Collage; France]

Autoportrait

4 of 5 stars: SEBASTIAN HAFFNER, “Defying Hitler” / “Die Geschichte eines Deutschen”, 309 pages, 1939. [Memoir; Germany]

Defying Hitler

4 of 5 stars: TERI TERRY, “Slated”, 448 pages, 2012. [competent, but not very exciting Young Adult dystopia that I read for a ZEIT article]

Slated (Slated, #1)

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