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Underdog Literature: 15 fresh or exciting, off-the-wall titles

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: ANDREW SHAFFER: ‚Great Philosophers who failed at Love‘, 208 pages, 2011. [Nonfiction]

02: ERNEST CLINE: ‚Ready Player One‘, 384 pages, 2011.

03: BLAKE BUTLER: ‚There is no Year‘, 416 pages, 2011.

04: ANNETT GRÖSCHNER, ‚Walpurgistag‘, 448 pages, 2011. [German]

05: NAVID KERMANI, ‚Dein Name‘, 1200 pages, 2011. [German]

06: GARY D. SCHMIDT: ‚Okay for now‘, 368 pages, 2011. [Young Adult Lit]

07: JESSICA VALENTI: ‚The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is hurting Young Women‘, 263 pages, 2009. [Nonfiction]

08: GEORGE ORWELL: ‚A Collection of Essays‘, 316 pages, 1954. [Nonfiction]

09: DOOGIE HORNER: ‚Everything explained through Flowcharts‘, 168 pages, 2010. [Nonfiction, Humor]

10: THOMAS MALLON: ‚A Book of one’s own: People and their Diaries‘, 314 pages, 1984. [Nonfiction]

11: FREDERIC MARTEL: ‚Mainstream‘, 464 pages, 2010. [Nonfiction]

12: JOE SACCO: ‚Safe Area Gorazde‘, 240 pages, 2000. [Graphic Novel]

13: RAINA TELGEMEIER, ‚Smile‘, 224 pages, 2010. [Graphic Novel]

14: GRANT MORRISON, ‚We3‘, 104 pages, 2005. [Graphic Novel]

15: JOE KELLY, ‚I Kill Giants‘, 184 pages, 2009. [Graphic Novel]

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

01: BEN TANZER, ‚You can make him like you‘, 222 pages, 2011.

02: DAN GARDNER, ‚Risk: The Science & Politics of Fear‘, 320 pages, 2008.

03: THOMAS LEHR, ‚Nabokovs Katze‘, 511 pages, 1999. [German, recommended by Marcel Maas]

04: JEFF SMITH, ‚Bone‘, 1343 pages. [Graphic Novel]

05: KRISTOF MAGNUSSON, ‚Das war ich nicht‘, 283 pages, 2010. [German]

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

5 of 5 stars: GARY SHTEYNGART, ‚Super Sad True Love Story‘, 464 pages, 2010.

4 of 5 stars: BARBARA HONIGMANN, ‚Das überirdische Licht: Rückkehr nach New York‘, 160 pages, 2008. [Memoir, German]

4 of 5 stars: CRAIG THOMPSON: ‚Blankets‘, 582 pages, 2003 [Graphic Novel… what took me so long?]

What have you read? What made you curious? Recommendations?

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Underdog Literature: 15 fresh or notable, off-the-wall titles

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: EDAN LEPUCKI, ‚If you’re not yet like me‘, 102 pages, 2010

02: VANESSA VESELKA, ‚Zazen‘, 256 pages, 2011

03: A.S. KING, ‚Please ignore Vera Dietz‘, 336 pages, 2010 [YA Lit]

04: BEN TANZER, ‚Most likely you’ll go your way and I’ll go mine‘, 180 pages, 2008

05: BEN TANZER, ‚You can make him like you‘, 222 pages, 2011

06: JERRY MANDER, ‚Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television‘, 376 pages, 1978 [Essay]

07: CHRISTIE HODGEN, ‚Elegies for the Brokenhearted‘, 256 pages, 2010

08: MEGHAN O’ROURKE, ‚The Long Goodbye‘, 320 pages, 2011

09: ADAM LEVIN, ‚The Instructions‘, 1030 pages, 2010

10: PHILIP HENSHER, ‚King of the Badgers‘, 300 pages, 2011

11: COLIN MELOY [Singer of ‚The Decemberists‘], ‚Wildwood‘, 560 pages, 2011 [Kid’s Book/Genre]

12: JULIA WERTZ, ‚Drinking at the Movies‘, 192 pages, 2010 [Graphic Novel]

13: GRANT MORRISON, ‚Supergods‘, 431 pages, 2011 [Literary Theory of Super-Hero Graphic Novels]

14: MARTIN BÜSSER, ‚Der Junge von nebenan‘, 100 pages, 2009 [German Graphic Novel]

15: RICARDA JUNGE, ‚Die komische Frau‘, 188 pages, 2010 [German]

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

01: ANTHONY POWELL, ‚A Dance to the Music of Time‘, 732 pages, 1951 [more here]

02: DOROTHEE ELMIGER, ‚Einladung an die Waghalsigen‘, 140 pages, 2010 [German]

03: MARIANA LEKY, ‚Die Herrenausstatterin‘, 208 pages, 2010 [German, Hildesheim Author]

04: JUDITH ZANDER, ‚Dinge, die wir heute sagten‘, 480 pages, 2010 [German, recommended by Sabrina Janesch]

05: SUSAN J. DOUGLAS, ‚Where the Girls are: Growing up female with the Mass Media‘, 349 pages, 1994 [Essay]

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

5 of 5 stars: GABRIEL BÁ, FABIO MOON, ‚Daytripper‘, 256 pages, 2011 [Graphic Novel]

4 of 5 stars: JOSH KILMER-PURCELL, ‚The Bucolic Plague‘, 304 pages, 2010 [Memoir]

4 of 5 stars: BRENDA UELAND: ‚If you want to write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit‘, 179 pages, 1938 [Essay]

What have you read? What made you curious? Recommendations?

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