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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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Underdog Literature, May 2013: 15 fresh or remarkable, off-the-wall books

Underdog Literature WordPress May 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: LAUREN KIRSHNER, „Where we have to go“, 336 pages, 2009. [Canada, Coming-of-Age]

02: MICHAEL DAHLIE, „The Best of Youth“, 288 pages, January 2013.

03: NOELLE REVAZ, „With the Animals“, 232 pages, 2002. [Switzerland]

04: PAUL RUSSELL, „The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov“, 375 pages, 2010.

05: PETER RUSHFORTH, „Kindergarten“, 224 pages, 1979.

06: ANDRÉ MAUROIS, „Climates“, 400 pages, 1928. [France]

07: CHARLES NEWMAN, „In Partial Disgrace“, 600 pages, March 2013.

08: ANDRÉ CARL VAN DER MERWE, „Moffie“, 314 pages, 2006. [South Africa]

09: FRANK NORRIS, „The Octopus. A Novel of California“, 688 pages, 1901.

10: DIANE ATHILL, „Stet. An Editor’s Life“, 256 pages, 2000. [Memoir]

11: ALEKSANDER WAT, „My Century“, 448 pages, 1977. [Memoir / Journalism; Poland]

12: KEVIN GUILFOILE, „Cast of Shadows“, 336 pages, 2005. [Sci-Fi / Thriller]

13: SALLY CLARK, „Waiting for the Revolution“, 362 pages, 2010. [Toronto]

14: CONSTANCE SQUIRES, „Along the Watchtower“, 320 pages, 2011. [Coming-of-Age]

15: ALICE ZENITER, „Take this Man“, 176 pages, 2011. [Nonfiction, France]

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

01: JOSEPH KESSEL, „Belle de jour“, 188 pages, 1928.

02: BARBARA STAFFORD, „The Mountain Lion“, 240 pages, 1972.

03: DANZY SENNA, „Caucasia“, 413 pages, 1998.

04: JOHN LANCHESTER, „The Debt to Pleasure“, 272 pages, 1996.

05: PATRICK McGUINNESS, „The Last Hundred Days“, 384 pages, 2011. [Romania]

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

5 of 5 stars: CARSON McCULLERS, „The Member of the Wedding“, 240 pages, 1946. [Coming-of-Age / Southern Fiction]

5 of 5 stars: MARIA SEMPLE, „Where’d you go, Bernadette“, 326 pages, 2012.

4 of 5 stars: 05: BARBARA DEMICK, „Nothing to envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea“, 314 pages, 2009. [non-fiction]

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