2014 Books

Best Nonfiction Books 2014: New Essays, Memoirs, Recommendations

underdog literature best nonfiction books 2014.

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

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

memoirs. non-fiction. essays.

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01: JOHN W. EWANS, „Young Widower“, 200 pages, January 2014. [Memoir]

Young Widower: A Memoir

02: MIMI POND, „Over Easy“, 272 pages, April 2014. [Graphic Novel „Semi-Memoir“]

Over Easy

03: DAVID GIFFELS, „The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt“, 272 pages, March 2014. [Essays / Journalism]

The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt

04: IVAN E. COYOTE & RAE SPOON, „Gender Failure“, 256 pages, April 2014. [personal Essays]

Gender Failure

05: CAROLINE CLARKE, „Postcards from Cookie“, 320 pages, April 2014. [Memoir]

Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail

06: SEAN STRUB, „Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival“, 432 pages, January 2014. [Memoir / Politics]

Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

07: ANALD GOPAL, „No Good Men among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes“, 320 pages, April 2014. [Politics]

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

08: HISHAM D. AIDI, „Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture“, 432 pages, March 2014. [Cultural Studies / Politics]

Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture

09: ROBERT A. FERGUSON, „Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment“, 337 pages, March 2014 [Politics / Sociology / Cultural Studies]

Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment

10: ARIEL GORE, „The End of Eve. A Memoir“, 234 pages, February 2014. [Memoir]

The End of Eve: A Memoir

11: MARK GEVISSER, „Lost and Found in Johannesburg“, 352 pages, April 2014. [Memoir: South Africa]

Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir

12: TIM ANDERSON, „Sweet Tooth“, 333 pages, March 2014. [Mainstream Humor / Comedic Memoir]

Sweet Tooth

13: GREG GUTFELD, „Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and their War on You“, 272 pages, March 2014. [a right-wing „Fox News“ employee tries to trash hipsters! 🙂 ]

Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

14: BRIGID SCHULTE, „Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when no one has the Time“, 368 pages, March 2014. [Psychology]

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

15: PATRICIA WOODELL, „Are the Keys in the Freezer? An Advocate’s Guide for Alzheimer’s and other Dementias“, 243 pages, January 2014.

Are the Keys in the Freezer?--An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

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

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

The Empathy Exams: Essays

02: PLUM JOHNSON, „They left us everything“, 288 pages, March 2014. [Memoir]

They Left Us Everything: A Memoir

03: ADAM BEGLEY, „Updike“, 576 pages, April 2014. [Biography]

Updike

04: EILEEN CRONIN, „Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience“, 336 pages, January 2014.

Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience

05: YASHA MOUNK, „Stranger in my own Country: A Jewish Family in modern Germany“, 272 pages, January 2014. [Memoir / Cultural Studies]

Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany

[German article here (Link)]
…and I’m excited about:

SERAH-MARIE McMAHON: „The WORN Reader: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas & History of what we wear“, 416 pages, April 2014.

The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, & History of What We Wear

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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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