Month: April 2014

Best New Books – Spring 2014: New Novels & Recommendations

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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…

all published between January and June 2014.

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01: MAXWELL NEELY-COHEN, “Echo of the Boom”, 456 pages, April 2014.

Echo of the Boom

02: PETER MATTHIESSEN, “In Paradise”, 256 pages, January 2014.

In Paradise

03: SIRI HUSTVEDT, “The Blazing World”, 368 pages, March 2014.

The Blazing World

04: AARON THIER, “The Ghost Apple”, 304 pages, March 2014. [Satire]

The Ghost Apple

05: TED THOMPSON, “The Land of Steady Habits”, 272 pages, March 2014.

The Land of Steady Habits: A Novel

06: KEVIN BROCKMEIER, “A few Seconds of radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade”, 208 pages, January 2014. [Memoir / Coming-of-Age / Cultural Studies]

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

07: SHANE KUHN, “The Intern’s Handbook”, 288 pages, April 2014. [Corporate Satire / Thriller / Dystopia]

The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller

08: NNEDI OKARAFOR, “Lagoon”, 320 pages, April 2014. [Science Fiction; Nigeria]

Lagoon

09: ROBERT GLANCY, “Terms & Conditions”, 272 pages, February 2014 [Satire]

Terms & Conditions

10: LESLIE JAMISON, “The Empathy Exams”, 256 pages, April 2014. [personal Essays]

The Empathy Exams: Essays

11: NATALIE HAYNES, “The Amber Fury”, 307 pages, February 2014. [Mainstream / Suspense]

The Amber Fury

12: COURTNEY C. STEVENS, “Faking Normal”, 321 pages, February 2014. [Young Adult]

Faking Normal

13: ROBIN HERRERA, “Hope is a Ferris Wheel”, 272 pages, March 2014. [Young Adult]

Hope Is a Ferris Wheel

14: JOHN COREY WHALEY, “Noggin”,  356 pages, April 2014. [Young Adult Sci-Fi]

Noggin

15: STEWART FOSTER, “We used to be Kings”, 368 pages, January 2014. [Young Adult]

We Used to Be Kings

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

01: SUE MONK KIDD, “The Invention of Wings”, 373 pages, January 2014. [Mainstream / Historical Fiction]

The Invention of Wings

02: JENNIFER CLEMENT, “Prayers for the Stolen”, 224 pages, February 2014.

Prayers for the Stolen

03: WILLY VLAUTIN, “The Free”, 297 pages, January 2014.

The Free

04: GABRIELLE ZEVIN, “The Stories Life of A. J. Fikry”, 230 pages, March 2014. [Mainstream]

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

05: DANAH BOYD, “It’s complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”, 296 pages, February 2014. [Sociology]

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

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Underdog Literature: The Best Books from World War One – 1914 to 1918

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Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

This month: Books that were published during – or shortly after  – World War One. Forgotten, classic or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: ROBERT TRESSEL, “The Ragged Trousered Philantropists”, 608 pages, 1914.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

02: EDGAR LEE MASTERS, “Spoon River Anthology”, 144 pages, 1914.

Spoon River Anthology

03: ROMAIN ROLLAND, “Jean-Christophe”, 1579 pages, 1914.

Jean-Christophe

04: EMMELINE PANKHURST, “My Own Story”, 176 pages, 1914.

My Own Story

05: ELIZABETH VON ARNIM, “The Pastor’s Wife”, 492 pages, 1914.

The Pastor's Wife

06: EARL DERR BIGGERS, “Love Insurance”, 432 pages, 1914.

Love Insurance

07: BOOTH TARKINGTON, “The Turmoil”, 268 pages, 1915.

The Turmoil (The Growth Trilogy, #1)

08: THEODORE DREISER, “The Genius”, 744 pages, 1915.

The Genius

09: ALEKSANDR KUPRIN, “Yama: The Pit”, 360 pages, 1915. [Russia]

Yama: The Pit

10: ABOUT WW1: HUGH WALPOLE, “The Dark Forest”, 252 pages, 1916.

The Dark Forest

11: RUPERT BROOKE, “Letters from America”, 124 pages, 1916.

Letters from America

12: HAROLD BEN WRIGHT, “When a Man’s a Man”, 212 pages, 1916.

When a Man's a Man

13: CLAUDE C. HOPKINS, “My Life in Advertising”, 48 pages, 1917. [Essay]

My Life in Advertising

14: ABOUT WW1: ANDREAS LATZKO, “Men in War” / “Menschen im Krieg”, 112 pages, 1917. [German]

Men in War (Dodo Press)

15: ABOUT WW1: KARL KRAUS, “The Last Days of Mankind” / “Die letzten Tage der Menschheit”, 263 pages, 1918. [Stage Play; German]

Last Days of Mankind

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Here are seven books about World War One that were published a short time later:

01: ABOUT WW1: W.N.P. BARBELLION, “Journal of a disappointed Man”, 275 pages, 1919.

Journal of a Disappointed Man

02: ABOUT WW1: A.P. HERBERT, “The Secret Battle”, 208 pages, 1919.

The Secret Battle

03: ABOUT WW1: ISAAC BABEL, “Red Cavalry”, 352 pages, 1920. [Russia]

Red Cavalry

04: ABOUT WW1: ERNST JÜNGER, “Storm of Steel” / “In Stahlgewittern”, 320 pages, 1920. [German]

Storm of Steel

05: ABOUT WW1: ERNST FRIEDRICH, “War against War” / “Krieg dem Kriege”, 242 pages, 1920. [German?]

Krieg Dem Kriege

06: ABOUT WW1: STRATIS MYRIVILIS, “Life in the Tomb”, 353 pages, 1924. [Greece]

Life in the Tomb

07: ABOUT WW1: EMMANUEL BOVE, “My Friends”, 150 pages, 1924. [France]

My Friends

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