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Underdog Literature, January 2013: 15 fresh or amazing, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature January 2013.

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: MATT BELL, „In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods“, ?? pages, June 2013.

02: MATT DRURY, „Pacific“, 352 pages, April 2013.

03: RACHEL KUSHNER, „The Flame Throwers“, 400 pages, April 2013.

04: BEN LERNER, „Leaving the Atocha Station“, 272 pages, 2012.

05: KARIN TIDBECK, „Jagannath“, 114 pages, 2012. [Short Fiction, Fantasy]

06: RUDOLF WITTKOWER, „Born under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists“, 360 pages, 1968. [Cultural History]

07: NEVIL SHUTE, „Trustee from the Toolroom“, 316 pages, 1960.

08: SEBASTIAN HAFFNER, „Defying Hitler“ / „Die Geschichte eines Deutschen“, 309 pages, 2000. [Memoir, German]

09: REYNOLDS PRICE, „The Promise of Rest“, 368 pages, 1995.

10: JAMES LIPTON, „An Exaltation of Larks“, 336 pages, 1970. [Trivia / Lists]

11: MICHAEL G. CONEY, „Hello Summer, Goodbye“, 221 pages, 1975. [Science-Fiction]

12: HENRI LEFEBVRE, „Critique of Everyday Life“, 842 pages, 1942. [French Philosophy / Cultural Studies]

13: HEATHER WALDORF, „Tripping“, 344 pages, 2009. [Young Adult]

14: JOHN VON DÜFFEL, „Zeit des Verschwindens“, 208 pages, 2000. [German]

15: PETER BUWALDA, „Bonita Avenue“, 543 pages, 2010. [Dutch; German edition available on Feb 22nd, 2013, Rowohlt]

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

01: DONALD HALL, „The Best Day, the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon“, 258 pages, 2005. [Memoir / Writing / Death]

02: JULIE ANNE PETERS, „Between Mom and Jo“, 240 pages, 2006. [Young Adult]

03: ROBERT BOSWELL, „Crooked Hearts“, 339 pages, 1987.

04: HANS MAGNUS ENZENSBERGER, „Hammerstein“, 402 pages, 2008. [German]

05: NOELLE HANCOCK, „My Year with Eleanor“, 304 pages, 2011. [Memoir / Self-Help, recommendation by Karla Paul (Link), German edition here]

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

5 of 5 stars: RUTH KLÜGER, „Still alive“ / „weiter leben. Eine Jugend“, 283 pages, 1992 [Holocaust Memoir, German]

4 of 5 stars: JULIE REECE DEAVER, „Say Goodnight, Gracie“, 224 pages, 1988. [Young Adult]

4 of 5 stars: DAVID MARKSON, „The Last Novel“, 220 pages, 2007. [Trivia / Lists / post-modern]

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Underdog Literature, October 2012: 15 fresh or surprising, off-the-wall titles

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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:

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01: ROBIN SLOAN, „Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Book Store“, 304 pages, 2012.

02: JENS PETER JACOBSEN, „Niels Lyhne“, 152 pages, 1880 [Danish].

03: DONALD HALL, „The Best Day The Worst Day – Life with Jane Kenyon“, 258 pages, 2005 [Memoir].

04: ELIZABETH ARTHUR, „Antarctic Navigation“, 816 pages, 1995.

05: A.S. KING, „Ask the Passengers“, 296 pages, 2012. [Young Adult]

06: SHANNON MESSENGER, „Keeper of the Lost Cities“, 496 pages, 2012. [Young Adult / Fantasy]

07: KATJA MILLAY, „The Sea of Tranquility“, 380 pages, 2012. [Young Adult, might be trash…?]

08: BOUALEM SANSAL, „The German Mujahid“, 240 pages, 2008. [Algerian]

09: GAITO GASDANOW, „Das Phantom des Alexander Wolf“, 192 Seiten, 1947. [Russian emigré writer, new German translation]

10: YI IN-SEONG, „Jahreszeiten des Exils“, 318 pages, 1983. [Korean, new German tanslation]

11: SEPP MALL, „Berliner Zimmer“, 188 pages, 2012. [Austrian]

12: ANNETTE KOLB, „Das Exemplar“, 210 pages, 1913. [German]

13: DANIEL MEZGER, „Land spielen“, 318 pages, 2012. [Swiss]

14: TILMAN RAMMSTEDT, „Die Abenteuer meines ehemaligen Bankberaters“, 190 pages, 2012. [German]

15: SABINE FRIEDRICH, „Wer wir sind“, 2032 pages, 2012 [German].

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

01: MARLEN HAUSHOFER, „The Wall“ / „Die Wand“, 240 pages, 1962. [Austrian]

02: MARCEL BEYER, „Flughunde“, 301 pages, 1996. [German]

03: SERGEJ LUKIANENKO, „Wächter des Morgen“, 464 Seiten, 2012. [Russian; German translation.]

Ich habe die „Wächter“-Reihe u.a. HIER besprochen / empfohlen: Link

04: NIKOLAI VOGEL, „Spam Diamond“, 210 pages, 2012. [Austrian, Rezensionsexemplar, danke an Haymon!]

05: ANDREAS STICHMANN, „Das große Leuchten“, 240 Seiten, 2012. [German; Rezensionsexemplar, danke an Rowohlt!]

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

5 of 5 stars: ARNE BELLSTORF, „Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles in Hamburg“, 208 pages, 2010. [Graphic Novel]

4 of 5 stars: TOVE JANSSON, „Fair Play“, 127 pages, 1989. [Nonfiction / personal essays – not half as good as her „Summer Book“, though.]

4 of 5 stars: MILENA MICHIKO FLASAR, „Ich nannte ihn Krawatte“, 144 pages, 2012. [Austrian; Rezensionsexemplar, danke an Verlag Klaus Wagenbach!]

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