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Underdog Literature, October 2013: 15 fresh or suprising, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature WordPress October 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: JHUMPA LAHIRI, „The Lowland“, 352 pages, September 2013.

02: JESMYN WARD, „Men we reaped. A Memoir“, 272 pages, September 2013.

03: LARRY WATSON, „Let him go“, 256 pages, September 2013. [Thriller]

04: GAVIN EXTENSE, „The Universe vs. Alex Woods“, 407 pages, June 2013. [Young Adult]

05: DONAL RYAN, „The Spinning Heart“, 160 pages, 2012. [Ireland]

06: KA HANCOCK, „Dancing on broken Glass“, 416 pages, 2012. [Chick Lit?]

07: MAX BLECHER, „Scarred Hearts“, 240 pages, 1937. [Romania]

08: IRENE RATHBONE, „We that were young“, 528 pages, 1932. [British]

09: MÁRIO DE SÁ-CARNEIRO, „Lucio’s Confession“ / „A Confissao de Lucio“, 128 pages, 1914. [Portugese]

10: CHARLES JACKSON, „The Lost Weekend“, 244 pages, 1944. [Novel about Alcoholism]

11: IRA LEVIN, „This Perfect Day“, 368 pages, 1970. [Science Fiction]

12: MARY DOWNING HAHN, „The the Wind blows backward“, 272 pages, 1992. [Young Adult]

13: CAMERON CROWE, „Fast Times at Richmond High“, 253 pages, 1981. [Journalism! I had no idea!!]

14: JOHN ROBERT LEWIS, ANDREW AYDIN, „March“, 128 pages, August 2013. [Graphic Novel]

15: KEIICHI SIGSAWA, „Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World“, 205 pages, 2000. [Graphic Novel / Manga series]

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

01: SOURIS HONG-PORETTA, „Outside the Lines: An Artist’s Coloring Book for giant Imaginations“, 256 pages, September 2013. [Coloring Book / Art]

02: MICHELLE NEVIUS, „Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City“, 384 pages, 2009. [City Guide / History]

03: JOE DAVID BROWN, „Paper Moon“, 320 pages, 1971.

04: RUSSELL HOBAN, „Turtle Diary“, 182 pages, 1978.

05: ROBERT C. SHERRIFF, „A Fortnight in September“, 326 pages, 1931.

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

4 of 5 stars: JONATHAN CARROLL, „The Land of Laughs“, 256 pages, 1980. [literary Fantasy]

4 of 5 stars: BARBARA PYM, „Excellent Women“, 231 pages, 1952.

4 of 5 stars: ALEXANDER RAMATI, „And the Violins stopped playing. A Story of the Gypsy Holocaust“, 200 (?) pages, 1985.

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Underdog Literature, May 2012: 15 fresh or remarkable, 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: RICHARD FORD, „Canada“, 432 pages, 2012.

02: JOSHUA HENKIN, „The World without you“, 336 pages, 2012.

03: DIRK WITTENBORN, „Fierce People“, 335 pages, 2003.

04: STEPHEN L. PECK, „A Short Stay in Hell“, 108 pages, 2012.

05: CAROL RIFKA BRUNT, „Tell the Wolves I’m home“, 368 pages, 2012.

06: KAZUSHI HOSAKA, „Plainsong“, 169 pages, 2011. [Japan]

07: STEVE ERICKSON, „These Dreams of you“, 309 pages, 2012.

08: RAYMOND FEDERMAN, „Double or Nothing“, 267 pages, 1971. [postmodern / Typography]

09: ANDRI SNAER MAGNASON, „LoveStar“, 275 pages, 2002. [Science Fiction, Iceland]

10: GREG RUCKA, „Alpha“, 304 pages, 2012. [Thriller]

11: RACHEL MADDOW, „Drift. The Unmooring of America’s Military Power“, 276 pages, 2012. [Cultural Studies / Essay]

12: AUSTIN KLEON, „Steal like an Artist“, 160 pages, 2012. [Cultural Studies / Self-Help]

13: JOHN VAN DE RUIT, „Spud“, 352 pages, 2006. [Young Adult, South Africa]

14: ANNETT GRÖSCHNER, „Mit der Linie 4 um die Welt“, 250 pages, 2012. [Journalism/Travel, German]

15: MATTHIAS SENKEL, „Frühe Vögel“, 298 pages, 2012. [German; Link to Amazon]

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

01: FRANCIS SPUFFORD, „Red Plenty“, 448 pages, 2007. [Science Fiction; German version published in April 2012: „Rote Zukunft“, Rowohlt]

02: JUNICHIRO TANIZAKI, „The Makiota Sisters“, 544 pages, 1946. [Japan]

03: LYNNE TILMAN, „Haunted Houses“, 208 pages, 1995. [Young Adult]

04: MARK OLIVER EVERETT, „Things the Grandchildren should know“, 256 pages, 2007.

05: LIZ MOORE, „Heft“, 352 pages, 2012.

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

1: 4 of 5 stars: BRAD KESSLER, „Birds in Fall“, 256 pages, 2006.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JHUMPA LAHIRI, „The Namesake“, 304 pages, 2003.

3: 4 of 5 stars: WOLFGANG HERRNDORF, „Tschick“, 253 pages, 2010. [Young Adult, German]

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