Best New Books – Summer 2014: New Novels & Recommendations

Underdog Literature July 2014

Here are 20 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention…

all published in the first half of 2014.

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01: EMILY GOULD, „Friendship“, 272 pages, July 1st 2014.


02: TYLER McMAHON, „Kilometer 99“, 352 pages, June 2014.

Kilometer 99: A Novel

03: WALLY RUDOLPH, „Four Corners“, 304 pages, June 2014. [pen name of „Sons of Anarchy“ actor Walther Wong.]

Four Corners: A Novel

04: LISA GRAFF, „Absolutely Almost“, 304 pages, June 2014. [Middle-Grade]

Absolutely Almost

05: HEATHER O’NEILL, „The Girl who was Saturday Night“, 416 pages, May 2014.

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

06: EMMA JANE UNSWORTH, „Animals“, 288 pages, May 2014.


07: BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON, „Remember me like this“, 384 pages, May 2014.

Remember Me Like This

08: JESSICA V. BARNETT, „Freak Camp“, 226 pages, April 2014. [Young Adult]

Freak Camp: Posts From a Previously Normal Girl (Vol. 1)

09: MICHELLE GABLE, „A Paris Apartment“, 378 pages, April 2014. [Chick Lit]

A Paris Apartment

10: BRANDY COLBERT, „Pointe“, 352 pages, April 2014. [Young Adult]


11: SEAN MICHAELS, „Us Conductors“, 464 pages, April 2014.

Us Conductors: A Novel

12: WU MING-YI, „The Man with the Compound Eyes“, 304 pages, 2013 / 2014.

The Man with the Compound Eyes

13: DARRAGH McKEON, „All that is solid melts into Air“, 400 pages, March 2014.

All That is Solid Melts into Air

14: ANTONIA CRANE, „Spent. A Memoir“, 312 pages, Februar 2014.

Spent: A Memoir

15: TOM WILLIAMS, „Don’t start me talkin'“, 220 pages, February 2014.

Don't Start Me Talkin'

16: PORTER SHREVE, „The End of the Book“, 211 pages, February 2014.

The End of the Book

17: ANDREW PETTEGREE, „The Invention of News: How the World came to knew about itself“, 456 pages, February 2014. [Nonfiction / Cultural History of Journalism]

The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself

18: ALEX TIZON, „Little Big Man: In Search of my Asian Self“, 272 pages, January / June 2014. [Memoir / Cultural Studies]

Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self

19: NICOLE C. KEAR, „Now I see you. A Memoir“, 288 pages, June 2014. [Memoir about going blind]

Now I See You: A Memoir

20: CELESTE NG, „Everything I never told you“, 304 pages, June 2014.

Everything I Never Told You


Here are two recent novels that I’ve read – and that were really good:

4 of 5 stars: KIM CHURCH, „Byrd“, 228 pages, January 2014.


4 of 5 stars: JENNY OFFILL, “Dept. of Speculation”, 182 pages, January 2014.

Dept. of Speculation

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