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Best Books of the Year: My personal Top 20

stefan mesch best books 2014

(After a popular list last year [Link] and earlier in 2012 [Link] and 2011 [Link]…)

…here are the 20 very best books I’ve read in 2014:

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20: HEIDE KOEHNE, “Der Buchladen”, German novel, 2011.
Der Buchladen

19: BRIAN WOOD, “The Massive”, Books 1 to 5, Graphic Novels, 2013 and 2014.
The Massive, Vol. 1: Black Pacific The Massive, Vol. 2: Subcontinental The Massive, Vol. 3: Longship The Massive, Vol. 4: Sahara The Massive, Vol 5: Ragnarok (The Massive #25-30)

18: TIM WISE, “White like me. Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son”, Nonfiction / Memoir, 2004.
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

17: HARUKI MURAKAMI, “Von Männern, die keine Frauen haben”, Japanese Short Stories, 2014. (I liked his most recent novel, too.)
Von Männern, die keine Frauen haben

16: STEWART O’NAN, “Der Zirkusbrand”, Nonfiction, 2000.
Der Zirkusbrand

15: CHRISTIANE FROHMANN, “Tausend Tode Schreiben”, German anthology, 2014: 135+ personal texts about dying and loss […more here].
Tausend Tode schreiben

14: GREG RUCKA, “Lazarus”, Books 1 and 2. Graphic Novels, 2014.
Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift

13: ED BRUBAKER, “Velvet”, Book 1. Graphic Novel, 2014.
Velvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living End

12: MARTIN HATZIUS, “Alles fragen, nichts fürchten”, book-length interview with my favorite German living writer, Dietmar Dath, 2011.
Dietmar Dath: Alles fragen, nichts fürchten

11: SIGRID NUNEZ, “A Feather on the Breath of God”, Memoir, 1995.
A Feather on the Breath of God: A Novel

10: ARTHUR MILLER, “Focus”, Novel, 1945.
Focus

09: MEIKE WINNEMUTH, “Das große Los”, German Travelogue, 2012.
Das große Los

08: JAN BAUER, “Der salzige Fluss”. German Graphic Novel Travelogue, 2014.
Der salzige Fluss

07: NORA WICKE, “Vierstromland”, German novel, 2014.
Vierstromland

06: G. WILLOW WILSON, “Ms. Marvel”, Book 1. Graphic Novel, 2014.
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

05: TSUGUMI OHBA, “Bakuman”, Books 2 to 20. Manga series, 2009 to 2012.
Bakuman, Volume 2: Chocolate and Akamaru (Bakuman, #2) Bakuman, Volume 3: Debüt und Ungeduld Bakuman, Volume 4: Phone Call and the Night Before (Bakuman, #4) Bakuman, Volume 5: Yearbook and Photobook Bakuman, Volume 6: Recklessness and Guts

04: ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA, “Afterlife with Archie”, Book 1. Graphic Novel, 2014.
Afterlife with Archie Book 1: Escape from Riverdale

03: VALERIAN TORNIUS, “Zwischen Hell und Dunkel”, German novel, 1932.
Zwischen Hell und Dunkel. Ein Rembrandt-Roman

02: LIANE DIRKS, “Vier Arten meinen Vater zu beerdingen”, German novel, 2002.
Vier Arten meinen Vater zu beerdigen

01: ÁGOTA KRISTÓF, “The Notebook”, “The Proof”, “The Third Lie”, Hungarian Trilogy, 1986 to 1991.
The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie: Three Novels

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For a complete list of books I’ve read in 2014, please go here [Link].

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In comics, I’ve also enjoyed book 3 and 4 of Brian K. Vaughan’s “Saga” space opera [Link], Year 1 and (to a lesser degree) Year 2 of Tim Taylor’s “Injustice: Gods among us” [Link], Bryan Q. Miller’s still solid “Smallville” [Link], the Marvel books “She-Hulk” [Charles Soule, Link] and “Hawkeye” [Matt Fraction, Link].

I enjoyed the first six “New 52” DC comic books featuring Wonder Woman [Link] and started reading lesser-known series like “Promethea” [Link], “Nailbiter” [Link], “Rat Queens” [Link], “Mind MGMT” [Link] and “The Private Eye” [Link]. I’ve also enjoyed Daniel Clowes’ “David Boring” [Link].

Mark Millar’s “Jupiter’s Legacy” had a great start – but I will have to wait until 2015. [Link]

Here’s a big collage of the graphic novels I’ve discovered in 2014:

graphic novels stefan mesch 2015
Have a great 2015! More to come!

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Best Books published by NYRB: New York Review of Books

underdog literature september 2014

 

Here are 20 books that had my interest for a while:

all (re-)published by the New York Review of Books (Link).

you can find a reader-ranked list of 360+ NYRB Classic books here (Link).

see also:

for a list of cool upcoming titles… click here [Link]

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01: BARBARA COMYNS, “The Vet’s Daughter”, 133 pages, 1959.

The Vet's Daughter

02: DOROTHY B. HUGHES, “The expendable Man”, 264 pages, 1963.

The Expendable Man

03: NATSUME SOSEKI, “The Gate”, 256 pages, 1910. [Japan]

The Gate

04: G.B. EDWARDS, “The Book of Ebenezer Le Page”, 394 pages, 1981.

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

05: CAROLINE BLACKWOOD, “Corrigan”, 319 pages, 1984.

Corrigan

06: CURZIO MALAPRTE, “The Skin”, 343 pages, 1949.

The Skin

07: REBECCA WEST, “The Fountain overflows”, 408 pages, 1956.

The Fountain Overflows

08: BOLESLAW PRUS, “The Doll”, 704 pages, 1890. [Poland]

The Doll

09: GEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD, “Rogue Male”, 200 pages, 1939.

Rogue Male

10: PATRICK HAMILTON, “The Slaves of Solitude”, 256 pages, 1947.

The Slaves of Solitude

11: JOYCE CARY, “Herself Suprised”, 300 pages, 1941.

Herself Surprised

12: HELEN KELLER, “The World I live in”, 192 pages, 1908.

The World I Live In

13: PENELOPE MORTIMER, “The Pumpkin Eater”, 224 pages, 1962.

The Pumpkin Eater

14: DWIGHT MACDONALD, “Masscult and Midcult: Essays against the American Grain”, 289 pages, 2011. [Cultural Studies]

Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain

15: J.R. ACKERLEY, “My Father and myself”, 283 pages, 1968.

My Father and Myself

16: TAYEB SALIH, “Season of Migreation to the North”, 139 pages, 1966. [Sudan]

Season of Migration to the North

17: ANDREI PLATONOV, “The Foundation Pit”, 208 pages, 1969.

The Foundation Pit

18: WILLIAM McPHERSON, “Testing the Current”, 352 pages, 1984.

Testing the Current

19: VICTOR SERGE, “Memoirs of a Revolutionary”, 576 pages, 1951. [Russia]

Memoirs of a Revolutionary

20: ANTAL SZERB, “Journey by Moonlight”, 320 pages, 1937. [Hungary]

Journey by Moonlight

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Bonus: 3 NYRB books that I’ve read… and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: TOVE JANSSON, “The Summer Book”, 184 pages, 1972. [Finland]

The Summer Book

4 of 5 stars: ROBERT WALSER, “Jakob von Gunten”, 176 pages, 1908. [Austria]

Jakob von Gunten

4 of 5 stars: MARIA DERMOUT, “The Ten Thousand Things”, 208 pages, 1955. [Indonesia]

The Ten Thousand Things

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Beste Geschenke 2014: Bücher, DVDs und Comics

Bücher Freundeskreis 2013.

[für eine Übersicht über die besten Bücher, die ich 2012 gelesen habe…  hier entlang (Link)!]

[für eine Übersicht aller Geschenke, die ich 2012 machte… hier entlang (Link)!]

[für eine Übersicht aller Geschenke, die ich 2011 machte… hier entlang (Link)!]

[für eine Übersicht aller Geschenke, die ich 2010 machte… hier entlang (Link)!]

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die zehn Bücher, die ich am häufigsten verschenke:

die zehn Filme / Serien, die ich gerne empfehle / verschenke:

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Buchtipps sind… sinnlos. In meinem privaten (Zuhause-)Freundeskreis jedenfalls:

Es fällt mir leichter (und wirkt weniger… übergriffig / aufdringlich), auf Amazon Marketplace zwei, drei gebrauchte Ausgaben zu kaufen und zu schenken, als Freunden mit Kaufempfehlungen in den Ohren zu liegen.

Sobald ich denke “Er/sie hätte Spaß, mit diesem Buch”, kaufe ich eine billige Ausgabe.

Hier: Die Bücher und DVDs, die ich 2013 verschenkt habe.

Blau markierte Titel kamen sehr gut an.

Rot markierte Titel kamen schlecht an.

Die Liste für 2010 ist hier (Link).

Die Liste für 2011 hier (Link).

Und 2012: hier (Link).

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Geschenke 2013:

Kinder:

meine Patentochter, im Juli geboren, zu Weihnachten:

  • Kaaren Pixton: fünf “Indestructibles”-Kinderbücher (“Creep! Crawl!”, “Flutter! Fly!”, “Jungle, Rumble!”, “Plip-Plop Pond!”, “Mama and Baby!” (Bilderbücher, Link)

mein Neffe, zum 4. Geburtstag und zu Weihnachten:

Sohn meiner besten Freunde, 5 / 6 Jahre alt:

  • Mo Willems: “Pigeon wants a Puppy” (Bilderbuch, Link)
  • James Patterson: “Calvin & Hobbes: Band 1. Auf dem Sprung” (Cartoons, Link)
  • Erwin Moser: “Der Mond hinter den Scheunen” (Kinderbuch, Link: Er sagt, er will Moser “viereinhalb Sterne” auf Goodreads geben… aber sein Vater sagt, er wirkte beim Vorlesen oft gelangweilt / durcheinander)

Tochter meiner besten Freunde, 11 Jahre alt:

  • Kiyohiko Azuma: “Yotsuba&!”, Band 12 (Manga, Link)
  • Chica Umino: “Honey & Clover”, Band 6 bis 10 (Manga, Link)
  • Tsugumi Ohba: “Bakuman”, Band 2 (Manga, Link)
  • Naoko Takeuchi: “Sailor Moon” (Neuübersetzung), Band 1 bis 4 (Manga, Link)
  • “Katherine Paterson: “Die Brücke nach Terabithia” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Carson McCullers: “Frankie” (Roman, Link)
  • Christine Nöstlinger: “Nagle einen Pudding an die Wand” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • “Indiana Jones 3” (DVD, Link)
  • “Jurassic Park” (DVD, Link, schon voriges Jahr geschenkt. Aber sie hatte über ein Jahr lang Angst, den Film zu sehen.)
  • “Die Legende von Korra: Staffel 1” (Zeichentrickserie, Link)
  • “Geheimakte Tunguska” (DS-Spiel, Link)
  • Nick Abadzis: “Laika” (dröges Graphic Novel, Link)

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Frauen:

meine Schwester – Studentin, 20:

  • Max Goldt: “Quitten für die Menschen von Emden bis Zittau” (Kolumen, Link)
  • Max Goldt: “Die Kugeln in unseren Köpfen” (Kolumnen, Link)
  • Max Goldt: “‘Mind-boggling’ Evening Post” (Kolumnen, Link)
  • Max Goldt: “Der Krapfen auf dem Sims” (Kolumnen, Link)
  • Max Goldt: “QQ” (Kolumnen, Link)

Pädagogin, 30 – mag Schmöker:

  • “Mad Men”, Staffel 4 (DVD, Link)
  • Alex Rühle: “Ohne Netz. Mein halbes Jahr offline” (Sachbuch, Link)
  • Gerbrand Bakker: “Der Umweg” (Roman, Link)
  • Robert C. Sherriff: “Septemberglück” (Roman, Link)
  • Evan S. Connell: “Liebenswerte Mrs. Bridge” (Roman, Link)
  • Peter Hedges: “Gilbert Grape. Irgendwo in Iowa” (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin, 30 – mag Klassiker und bürgerliche Figuren/Themen:

  • Barbara Pym: “Vortreffliche Frauen” (Roman, Link)
  • Evan S. Connell: “Liebenswerte Mrs. Bridge” (Roman, Link)
  • Peter Hedges: “Gilbert Grape. Irgendwo in Iowa” (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin, 30 – mag Exzentriker und Surreales:

  • The Wes Anderson Collection (Bildband, Link)
  • Peter Hedges: “Gilbert Grape. Irgendwo in Iowa” (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin, 30 – mag Young Adult-Literatur, hasst Regime:

  • Barbara Demick: “Die Kinogänger von Chongjin” (Nordkorea-Sachbuch, Link)
  • Anna Funder: “Stasiland” (DDR-Sachbuch, Link)
  • Celia Fremlin: “Die Stunden vor Morgengrauen” (Roman / Satire, Link)
  • Carson McCullers: “Frankie” (Roman, Link)
  • Judith Schalansky: “Der Hals der Giraffe” (Roman, Link)

Ärztin, 30 – hat mich in Toronto besucht:

  • “One Week” (Kanada-Wohlfühl-Film, Link)
  • “City Trip: Toronto” (Reiseführer, Link)
  • “Top 10 Toronto” (Reiseführer, Link)

Bühnentechnikerin / Feinkosthändlerin, 31:

  • Joyce Maynard: “The Usual Rules” (Roman, Link)

Bürokauffrau, 33:

  • Peter Hedges: “Gilbert Grape. Irgendwo in Iowa” (Roman, Link)

Hausfrau / Beamtin, 34:

  • “Midnight in Paris” (DVD, Link)

Krankenschwester, Mitte 50:

  • Miriam Toews: “Mr. T, der Spatz und die Sorgen der Welt: Das Leben meines Vaters” (Memoir, Link)

meine Mutter (ehem. Arzthelferin, Pflegedienstleiterin, Ende 50):

  • “Mad Men: Season 5” (DVD, Link)
  • “Girls: Season 1” (DVD, Link: “Die haben sich hingesetzt und überlegt: WAS wollen Menschen auf keinen Fall hören oder sehen? Und dann haben sie daraus eine Serie gemacht.”)
  • Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon: “Daytripper” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Brandon Stanton: “Humans of New York” (Bildband, Link)

…sowie verschiedene DVDs (vor allem Dramen, lange Liste hier, Link. Habe ich nur ausgesucht, nicht bezahlt):

  • “Drei Farben: Blau / Weiß / Rot” (DVD, Link)
  • “Volver” (DVD, Link)
  • “Wenn Träume fliegen lernen” (DVD, Link)
  • “Das geheime Leben der Worte” (DVD, Link)
  • “Der Tintenfisch und der Wal” (DVD, Link)
  • “Across the Universe” (DVD, Link)
  • “October Sky” (DVD, Link)
  • “Snow Cake” (DVD, Link)
  • “Capote” (DVD, Link)
  • “Tagebuch eines Skandals” (DVD, Link)
  • “Das Apartment” (DVD, Link)
  • “Mein linker Fuß” (DVD, Link)
  • “Die Geschwister Savage” (DVD, Link)
  • “Beginners” (DVD, Link)
  • “Inside I’m dancing” (DVD, Link)
  • “Control” (DVD, Link)
  • “State of Mind” (DVD, Link)
  • “Frost/Nixon” (DVD, Link)
  • “The Man from Earth” (DVD, Link)
  • “Breakfast on Pluto” (DVD, Link)
  • “Rabbit Hole” (DVD, Link)
  • “Shine” (DVD, Link)
  • “Die Klavierspielerin” (DVD, Link)
  • “Candy” (DVD, Link)
  • “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (DVD, Link)
  • “Als das Meer verschwand” (DVD, Link)
  • “Gegen den Strom” (DVD, Link)
  • “500 Days of Summer” (DVD, Link)
  • “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (DVD, Link)
  • “Frühling, Sommer, Herbst, Winter… und Frühling” (DVD, Link)

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Männer:

Mein Bruder – Mechatroniker, 27:

  • “Mit Herz und Hand” (DVD, Link)
  • “Young Adult” (DVD, Link)

Programmierer, 30:

  • James Robinson: “Starman” Omnibus Nr. 2 (Graphic Novel, Link, mehr hier)
  • Sue Townsend: “Das Intimleben des Adrian Mole, 13 3/4 Jahre” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Matt Ruff: “Ich und die anderen” (Roman, Link)
  • Tobias Wolff: “This Boy’s Life” (Memoir, Link)
  • Peter Hedges: “Gilbert Grape. Irgendwo in Iowa” (Roman, Link)

Bankkaufmann, 32:

  • Joe Hill: “Locke & Key” (Horror-Comic, nur das allererste Heft, Link; er hat sich dann die komplette Reihe selbst gekauft… und geliebt)
  • Tilman Rammstedt: “Wir bleiben in der Nähe” (Roman, Link)
  • Erlend Loe: “Doppler” (Roman, Link)
  • Jonathan Evison: “Alles über Lulu” (Roman, Link)
  • David Gates: “Jernigan” (Roman, Link)
  • Roger Stern: “Superman” (Death & Return, Roman, Link)
  • Rainer Merkel: “Das Jahr der Wunder” (Roman, Link)
  • Rob Sheffield: “Love is a Mix Tape” (Memoir, Link)
  • Thomas von Steinaecker: “Wallner beginnt zu fliegen” (Roman, Link)
  • Robert C. Sherriff: “Septemberglück” (Roman, Link)
  • Peter Hedges: “Gilbert Grape. Irgendwo in Iowa” (Roman, Link)

Kunstlehrer / Kurator, 33:

  • Chris Ware: “Building Stories” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Walter Abish: “Wie Deutsch ist es” (Roman, Link)

Mathe- und Sportlehrer, 33:

  • Luke Davies, “Candy” (Roman, Link)

Krankenpfleger, mag anspruchsvolle Underdog-Filme und Altmänner-Serien wie “Breaking Bad” und “Boardwalk Empire”, Anfang 50:

  • Matt Fraction: “Hawkeye”, Band 1 und 2 (Superheldencomic, Link)

mein Vater, Mechatroniker, Mitte 50:

  • “Wonder Boys” (DVD, Link)
  • “Black Swan” (DVD, Link)

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Geschenke für Paare / junge Eltern:

  • “Ugly Betty”, Staffel 1 (DVD, Link)
  • “Modern Family”, Staffel 1 (DVD, Link)
  • “Zurück in die Zukunft” 1 bis 3 (DVD, Link; gekauft, damit mein bester Freund es seinen Kindern, 5 und 11, zeigen kann)

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Geschenke für Freunde aus Toronto und New York:

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Kultur- und Filmjournalistin (und: Graphic-Novel-Fan), 26:

  • nur empfohlen: Glyn Dillon: “The Nao of Brown” (Graphic Novel, Link)

Maler / Galerie-Mitarbeiter, in eine Mutter verliebt, die Mann und Kinder nicht verlassen will; 26:

  • Leo Tolstoy: “Anna Karenina” (Roman, Link)

Kultur- / Modejournalist, 28:

  • David Rakoff: “Fraud” (Kolumen / Memoir, Link)

Anwalt, 28:

  • Brian K. Vaughan: “Saga. Band 1” (Graphic Novel, Link)

Literaturwissenschaftlerin, 29:

  • Carson McCullers: “The Member of the Wedding” (Roman, Link)

Campaign Manager, 32:

  • Joe Hill: “Locke & Key” (Horror-Comic, nur das allererste Heft, Link)
  • Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon: “Daytripper” (Graphic Novel, Link)

Webcomic-Zeichnerin, 33:

  • Sarah Leavitt: “Tangles” (Graphic Novel / Memoir, Link)

Managerin, 34, Fan von gut gemachtem Mainstream:

  • Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl” (Thriller, Link)

Bibliothekar, Ende 30:

  • Nicole Orringer: “The Invisible Bridge” (Roman, Link)

Inhaber eines britischen Inns, großer Fan von Kreuzfahrten, 41:

  • David Foster Wallace: “A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again” (Essay / Reportage, Link)

Autor / Experte fürs Schreiben über Behinderungen; hat über Japan geschrieben und recherchiert gerade ein Buch über die DDR, Mitte 50:

  • Anna Funder: “Stasiland” (Post-DDR-Reportage, Link)
  • Fred Rodrian: “Hirsch Heinrich” (trostloses DDR-Kinderbuch, sollte ich nur für ihn bei Amazon bestellen und machte es dann zum Geschenk)
  • Fumi Yoshinaga: “Ooku: The Inner Chambers”, Band 1 und 2 (Manga, Link)

Campaign Manager / Mutter, Anfang 60, liest wenig:

  • Gerbrand Bakker: “Oben ist es still” (Roman, Link)

LGBT-Aktivist, 62:

  • Hubert Fichte: “The Orphanage” (Roman, Link)
  • Hubert Fichte: “Detlef’s Imitations” (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin / Feminstin, Ende 60:

  • Austin Kleon: “Steal like an Artist” (kurzer, leichter Ratgeber, Link)

Journalist, Anfang 70, lebt in Torontos Brunswick Avenue:

  • “Fables of Brunswick Avenue” (schlechte (?) Kurzgeschichten, Link)
  • John Cowper Powys: “Glastonbury Romance” (großer Lieblingsroman, Link)

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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: The Best Books from World War One – 1914 to 1918

Underdog Literature World War 1 WW1 February 2014 WordPress
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Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

This month: Books that were published during – or shortly after  – World War One. Forgotten, classic or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: ROBERT TRESSEL, “The Ragged Trousered Philantropists”, 608 pages, 1914.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

02: EDGAR LEE MASTERS, “Spoon River Anthology”, 144 pages, 1914.

Spoon River Anthology

03: ROMAIN ROLLAND, “Jean-Christophe”, 1579 pages, 1914.

Jean-Christophe

04: EMMELINE PANKHURST, “My Own Story”, 176 pages, 1914.

My Own Story

05: ELIZABETH VON ARNIM, “The Pastor’s Wife”, 492 pages, 1914.

The Pastor's Wife

06: EARL DERR BIGGERS, “Love Insurance”, 432 pages, 1914.

Love Insurance

07: BOOTH TARKINGTON, “The Turmoil”, 268 pages, 1915.

The Turmoil (The Growth Trilogy, #1)

08: THEODORE DREISER, “The Genius”, 744 pages, 1915.

The Genius

09: ALEKSANDR KUPRIN, “Yama: The Pit”, 360 pages, 1915. [Russia]

Yama: The Pit

10: ABOUT WW1: HUGH WALPOLE, “The Dark Forest”, 252 pages, 1916.

The Dark Forest

11: RUPERT BROOKE, “Letters from America”, 124 pages, 1916.

Letters from America

12: HAROLD BEN WRIGHT, “When a Man’s a Man”, 212 pages, 1916.

When a Man's a Man

13: CLAUDE C. HOPKINS, “My Life in Advertising”, 48 pages, 1917. [Essay]

My Life in Advertising

14: ABOUT WW1: ANDREAS LATZKO, “Men in War” / “Menschen im Krieg”, 112 pages, 1917. [German]

Men in War (Dodo Press)

15: ABOUT WW1: KARL KRAUS, “The Last Days of Mankind” / “Die letzten Tage der Menschheit”, 263 pages, 1918. [Stage Play; German]

Last Days of Mankind

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Here are seven books about World War One that were published a short time later:

01: ABOUT WW1: W.N.P. BARBELLION, “Journal of a disappointed Man”, 275 pages, 1919.

Journal of a Disappointed Man

02: ABOUT WW1: A.P. HERBERT, “The Secret Battle”, 208 pages, 1919.

The Secret Battle

03: ABOUT WW1: ISAAC BABEL, “Red Cavalry”, 352 pages, 1920. [Russia]

Red Cavalry

04: ABOUT WW1: ERNST JÜNGER, “Storm of Steel” / “In Stahlgewittern”, 320 pages, 1920. [German]

Storm of Steel

05: ABOUT WW1: ERNST FRIEDRICH, “War against War” / “Krieg dem Kriege”, 242 pages, 1920. [German?]

Krieg Dem Kriege

06: ABOUT WW1: STRATIS MYRIVILIS, “Life in the Tomb”, 353 pages, 1924. [Greece]

Life in the Tomb

07: ABOUT WW1: EMMANUEL BOVE, “My Friends”, 150 pages, 1924. [France]

My Friends

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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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Indie Movies 2013: my 15 Top Favorites

Wordpress Best Movies 2013.

The best movies I’ve seen in 2013?

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The 2013 movies I am most eager to watch as soon as possible?

15: “Her” [Spike Jonze, USA]

14: “The Butterfly’s Dream” [Yilmaz Erdogan, Turkey]

13: “In Bloom” [Chris Michael Birkmeier, USA]

12: “Snowpierce” [Joon-ho Bong, South Korea]

11: “12 Years a Slave” [Steve McQueen, USA]

10: “An Adventure in Space and Time” [Terry McDonough, UK]

09: “Phantom” [Jonathan Soler, France]

08: “The Lunchbox” [Ritesh Batra, India]

07: “Short Term 12” [Destin Cretton, USA]

06: “Class Enemy” [Rok Bicek, Slovenia]

05: “Somewhere Slow” [Jeremy O’Keefe, USA]

04: “The Past” / “Le Passé” [Asghar Farhadi, France]

03: “Blue is the warmest Color” [Abdellatif Kechiche, France]

02: “Before Midnight” [Richard Linklater, USA]

01: “Like Father, like Son” [Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan]

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4 for: Batman [Recommendations! Good places to start!]

4 für batman

1: Scott Snyder: “Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls” [The New 52]

2: Jeph Loeb: “Batman: The Long Halloween”

3: Greg Rucka: “Batman: No Man’s Land” [a novelization of several graphic novels]

4: Scott Snyder: “Batman: The Black Mirror”

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Underdog Literature, April 2013: 15 fresh or urgent, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature Apr 2013 WordPress.

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: RON CURRIE, jr.: “Flimsy little plastic Miracles”, 340 pages, February 2013.

02: HELEN GARNER, “Monkey Grip”, 245 pages, 1977. [Australia]

03: CHESTER HIMES, “If he hollers, let him go”, 224 pages, 1945. [Racism]

04: JULIE KIBLER, “Calling me Home”, 336 pages, 2012. [Romance / Mainstream]

05: DANA JOHNSON: “Elsewhere, California”, 304 pages, 2012.

06: KAREN BOYE, “Kallocain”, 224 pages, 1940. [Dystopia / SF]

07: JAKOV LIND, “Landscape in Concrete”, 190 pages, 1968.

08: LAWRENCE THORNTON, “Imagining Argentina”, 240 pages, 1987.

09: TYLER McMAHON, “How The Mistakes were made”, 352 pages, 2011. [Novel about a Courtney-Love-like punk / grunge singer.]

10: PETER NATHANIEL MALAE, “Our frail Blood”, 448 pages, February 2013.

11: MICHAEL KIMBALL, “Big Ray”, 192 pages, 2012.

12: STEVE ABEE, “Johnny Future”, 208 pages, 2009.

13: GOLDA FRIED, “Nellcott is my Darling”, 160 pages, 2001. [Young Adult; Toronto]

14: VIKKI WAKEFIELD, “Friday Brown”, 345 pages, 2012. [Young Adult]

15: FRANK DEFORD, “Alex. The Life of a Child”, 142 pages, 1983. [Biography / Death]

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

01: SHUSAKO ENDO, “When I whistle” / “Eine Klinik in Tokyo”,  273 pages, 1979. [Japanese psychological novel about the war generation]

02: NATACHA APPANAH, “The Last Brother”, 165 pages, 2007.

03: ERLEND LOE, “Naive. Super”, 208 pages, 1996. [Finnish Young Adult Bestseller]

04: DEZSő KOSTOLÁNYI, “Skylark”, 222 pages, 1924. [Hungary]

05: IRENE SABATINI, “The Boy Next Door”, 416 pages, 2009. [Zimbabwe]

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

5 of 5 stars: “Batwoman: Hydrology” (J.H. WILLIAMS III, W. HAYDEN BLACKMAN), 160 pages, 2012. The sequel, “To Drown the World”, is very good, too. If you want to start at the beginning – here’s a reading list I made for the character, from 2011.]

4 of 5 stars: TOBIAS WOLFF, “This Boy’s Life”, 304 pages, 1988. [Autobiography / Coming-of-Age]

4 of 5 stars: 05: SONALI DERANIYAGALA, “Wave”, 274 pages, March 2013. [Memoir about the 2004 tsunami]

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Underdog Literature, February 2013: 15 fresh or artsy, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature February 2013 WordPress.

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: ALEJANDRO SAMBA, “Ways of going home”, 160 pages, January 2013. [Chilean]

02: MEG WOLITZER, “The Interestings”, 480 pages, April 2013.

03: CARLENE BAUER, “Frances and Bernard”, 208 pages, January 2013. [Episolary Novel about Robert Lowell and Flannery O’Connor.]

04: TEDDY WAYNE, “The Lovesong of Jonny Valentine”, 304 pages, February 2013.

05: KRISTOPHER JANSMA, “The unchangeable Spots of Leopards”, 274 pages, March 2013.

06: ELLIOT HOLT, “You are one of them”, 304 pages, May 2013.

07: WILLIAM H. GASS, “Middle C”, 464 pages, March 2013.

08: ALAN WARNER, “The Deadman’s Pedal”, 376 pages, 2012.[Coming-of-Age, Scotland]

09: FREDERIC MANNING, “Her Privates We”, 288 pages, 1930. [War, Australia]

10: RENATA ADLER, “Speedboat”, 192 pages, 1976. [Novel / Vignettes / Cultural Criticism]

11: MARK HARRIS, “Pictures at a Revolution”, 496 pages, 2008. [Cultural Studies / Film Studies]

12: MAUREEN MEDVED, “The Tracey Fragments”, 149 pages, 1998. [Young Adult]

13: TOM SPANBAUER, “Now is the Hour”, 480 pages, 2006. [Coming-of-Age]

14: SAMUEL R. DELANY, “The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village”, 584 pages, 1988. [Memoir]

14: URSULA K. LeGUIN, “The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction”, 250 pages, 1992. [Essays]

15: ANTONI LIBERA, “Madame”, 448 pages, 1998. [Polish]

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

01: LISA GERVIS (editor): “BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine”,  400 pages, 2006. [Essays]

02: SHEILA HETI, “How should a Person be?”, 288 pages, 2010. [recommended to me by a good, trustworthy friend.]

03: JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV, “Echoes”, 144 pages, 2011. [Horror, Graphic Novel. I liked this writer’s work on DC Comic’s “I, Vampire”.]

04: ALEXANDER OSANG: “Berlin – New York. Kolumnen aus der schönen neuen Welt”, 320 pages, 1999-2004. [Journalism, German]

05: ULRICH BECK, ELISABETH BECK-GERNSHEIM, “Fernliebe: Lebensformen im globalen Zeitalter”, 280 pages, 2011. [Sociology, German]

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

I’m a juror for a fantasy literature prize this month, so I read lots of sci-fi, horror and fantasy:

4 of 5 stars: ANDREAS BRANDHORST, “Das Artefakt”, 656 pages, 2012. [German, Hard Sci-Fi]

4 of 5 stars: MARKOLF HOFFMANN, “Ines öffnet die Tür”, 288 pages, 2012. [German, All-Ages Fantasy]

4 of 5 stars: CLIVE BARKER, “The Thief of Always”, 225 pages, 1992. [All-Ages Fantasy]

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Underdog Literature, November 2012: 15 fresh or impressive, 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:

This month, I browsed the shelves at “ocelot, not just another bookstore” in Berlin and selected 15 – previously unknown – books:

I made a list of 98 titles that seemed attractive, and then researched the 15 titles that I suspect to be the most interesting:

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01: RON LESHEM: “Beaufort” / “Wenn es ein Paradies gibt”, 320 pages, 2007. [Coming-of-Age, Israel] Amazon.de (German, Link)

02: JIM THOMPSON, “The Grifters”, 189 pages, 1963. [Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction]

03: ZAKHAR PRILEPIN, “Sin” [German: “Sankya”], 272 pages, 2007. [Russian, Autobiographical Short Stories] Amazon (German, Link) | Perlentaucher (Link)

04: MARGARITA CHEMLIN, “Die Stille um Maja Abramowna”, 300 pages, 2012. [Russian] Amazon (German, Link)

05: EMMANUEL CARRÈRE, “Limonov”, 488 pages, 2011. [French, Biography / Nonfiction] Amazon (German, Link)

06: JORDAN SONNENBLICK, “Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie”, 273 pages, 2004. [Young Adult / Middle-Grade Readers] Amazon (German, Link)

07: TOMÀS GONZALES, “La luz difícil” / “Das spröde Licht”, 176 pages, 2011. [Colombian] Amazon (German, Link)

08: ALMUDENA GRANDEZ, “El corazón helado” / “Das gefrorene Herz”, 960 pages, 2007. [Spanish Family Saga] Amazon (German, Link)

09: CHARLES LEWINSKY, “Melnitz”, 768 pages, 2007. [Swiss] Amazon (German, Link) | Perlentaucher (Link)

10: RALPH DOHRMANN, “Kronhardt”, 928 pages, 2012. [German] Amazon.de (German, Link) | Perlentaucher (Link)

11: HERMANN KANT, “Der Aufenthalt”, 600 pages, 1977. [German] Amazon.de (German, Link)

12: SUSANNE HORNFECK, “Torte mit Stäbchen: Eine Jugend in Schanghai”, 380 Seiten, 2012. [Young Adult, German] Amazon.de (German, Link)

13: YASSIN MUSHBARASH, “Radikal”, 397 pages, 2011. [German (Mainstream) Thriller] Amazon.de (German, Link)

14: JÜRGEN SCHREIBER, “Ein Maler aus Deutschland. Gerhard Richter”, 250 pages, 2005. [Nonfiction / Biography, German] Amazon.de (Link) | Perlentaucher (Link)

15: SÖNKE NEITZEL, HARALD WELZER: “Soldaten. On Fighting, Killing and Dying”, 448 pages, 2011. [Nonfiction, German] Amazon.de (Link)

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Ocelot, not just another bookstore:

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

01: BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, FIONA STAPLES, “Saga, Vol. 1”, 160 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel; new Sci-Fi / Space Opera series]

02: CHRISTIAN JEITSCH, OLAF KRAEMER, “Abaton: Vom Ende der Angst”, 400 Seiten, 2011. [German: dystopian YA trilogy; danke an mixtvision Verlag / Pia Mortensen!]

03: DAVID GRAEBER, “Debt: The First 5000 Years”, 534 pages, 2011. [Nonfiction; danke an Klett-Cotta!]

04: NATHANIEL RICH, “Odds against tomorrow”, 304 pages, 2013. [danke an Klett-Cotta!]

05: TILMAN RAMMSTEDT, “Die Abenteuer meines ehemaligen Bankberaters”, 155 pages, 2012. [German]

Besprechung bei ZEIT Online, David Hugendick: Link

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

4 of 5 stars: A.S. KING, “Ask the Passengers”, 296 pages, 2012. [YA novel, convoluted and a little dry. It was a good read – but I prefered her debut, “Please ignore Vera Dietz”]

4 of 5 stars: BENJAMIN MAACK, “Monster”, [German, interconnected Short Stories; danke an Daniel Beskos / mairisch Verlag!]

Besprechung bei ZEIT Online, David Hugendick: Link

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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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New, good TV? 2012’s most promising shows!

Last year, when NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and the CW announced their fall shows, I did two things:

This year, here are another 8, 9 shows that look solid and, potentially, interesting.

Scroll down to see my favorite, Fox’s The Goodwin Games!

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1) Go on, NBC:

Despite their basic plots and high-concept scenarios, both “Cougar Town” (Link) and “Community” (Link) are energetic shows about…

…a quirky, diverse group of grown-ups who hangs out together and has fun.

‎Matthew Perry’s ensemble dramedy “Go on” uses a convoluted, Nick-Hornbyesque scenario (a rogue, sportcasting-inspired self-help grief counselling group?)…

…to create ANOTHER one of these shows: quirky, fast-paced, optimistic and snarky. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel. But it should work just fine:

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2) Revolution, NBC:

“The Hunger Games” meets “Lost”: I don’t like Quests (Link) and adventures that feature a lot of walking / exploring in the wilderness… but this is the first big-budget, mainstream TV show by “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke (Link)

…and with all the martial arts and snarky swashbuckling in the trailer’s second half, there’s a distinct Joss Whedon vibe, too. If “Revolution” doesn’t take itself too seriously… it could be fun, dramatic escapism:

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3) Ben and Kate, Fox:

An overgrown man-child, a hapless single mom and lots of heartwarming family hijinks? This won’t be high-brow, dramatic TV. But while most comedies skew towards ONE gender… this looks like a show that can appeal to men and women. So… yay for non-segregation! 🙂

(I hope the main characters don’t hook up, though. No incestuous shipping!)

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4) The Following, FOX:

Before Kevin Williamson (Link) created “Dawson’s Creek” and “The Vampire Diaries”, he wrote “Scream”. It’s been too long since there was a genuinely scary crime drama on TV. Plus: Kevin Bacon! Let’s hope this finds an audience:

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5) Arrow, CW:

“The Dark Knight”… on a CW budget? “Green Arrow” Oliver Queen is one of my favorite DC Comic super-heroes, and as a supporting player in “Smallville”, Justin Hartley has proven that the character works just fine in a weekly show.

Also: Black Canary! Deathstroke! A female big bad! Let’s see if this still looks as good, energetic and engaging after David Nutter (Link), director of the pilot, has moved on:

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6) 666 Park Avenue, ABC:

Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill”), Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”), Terry O’Quinn (“Lost”)… some of my favorite TV faces, in a trashy, campy, overly dramatic genre drama about a posh apartment building… ruled by demonic forces? I’m sceptical. But I love these actors:

I’m still amazed that Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” (Link) turned out to be a critically successfull, well-liked show. Contrast and compare:

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7) Nashville, ABC:

I’m not INTERESTED in this dramedy about aging, female friendship, showbiz and country music… but it would be nice to have something (better-written) to show the writers at “Smash” (NBC) and say “Look: THIS is how it’s done!”

Still: I suspect this will be cancelled quickly. The trailer has no energy.

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8a) and 8b) Next Caller, NBC & The Mindy Project, FOX:

Another two shows that seem to miss their mark and might need retooling / more work.

“Next Caller” is a modern-day screwball comedy… with a “30 Rock” look:

“The Mindy Project” is the lovechild of “Bridget Jones” and “Grey’s Anatomy”:

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My favorite trailer? A quirky, Wes-Anderson-like family drama about siblings reuiniting after their father’s death, Fox’s “THE GOODWIN GAMES”.

It’s “Gilmore Girls”, “The Royal Tenenbaums”, “Arrested Development” and, most of all, “The Westing Game”, and looks surprisingly funny:

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Underdog Literature, June 2012: 15 fresh or notable, 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: JONATHAN EVISON, “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving”, 290 pages, 2012.

02: MICHAEL CHABON, “Telegraph Avenue”, 480 pages, 2012.

03: MICHEL TURNIER, “The Ogre”, 373 pages, 1970. [France]

04: ELIZABETH WEIN, “Code Name Verity”, 452 pages, 2012. [Young Adult / History]

05: NEIL ABRAMSON, “Unsaid”, 368 pages, 2011.

06: ALEXIS M. SMITH, “Glaciers”, 174 pages, 2012.

07: GRAHAM JOYCE, “Some Kind of Fairy Tale”, 320 pages, 2012. [Urban Fantasy]

08: SERGEJ DOVLATOV, “A Foreign Woman”, 113 pages, 1991.

09: SASHA SOKOLOV, “A School for Fools”, 232 pages, 1976. [Russian]

10: LIZA KLAUSSMANN, “Tigers in Red Weather”, 368 pages, 2012.

11: SARAH MANGUSO, “The Guardians: An Elegy”, 128 pages, 2012. [Portrait / Memoir]

12: CLAIRE LEGRAND, “The Cavandish Home for Boys and Girls”, 352 pages, 2012. [Young Adult, Horror]

13: PATRICK FLANERY, “Absolution”, 400 pages, 2012. [Thriller, South Africa]

14: DAVID VAN REYBROUCK, “Kongo – eine Geschichte”, 783 pages, 2010. [Dutch, History]

15: RUTH KLÜGER, “Weiter leben: Eine Jugend”, 283 pages, 1992. [German, Memoir]

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

01: SUZETTE MAYR, “Monoceros”, 272 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

02: A.F. Th. VAN DER HEIJDEN, “Tonio”, 640 pages, 2011. [Dutch, Memoir]

03: EOWYN IVEY, “The Snow Child”, 389 pages, 2012.

04: ISMET PRCIC, “Shards”, 400 pages, 2011.

05: DIETMAR DATH, “Für immer in Honig”, 1035 pages, 2005.

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…and finally, here is one book that I read – and that was really good:

4 of 5 stars: GUY DELISLE, “Jerusalem”, 334 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel / Journalism]

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Geschenke 2012: Bücher, DVDs und Comics

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[für eine Übersicht über die besten Bücher, die ich 2011 gelesen habe… hier entlang (Link)!]

[für eine Übersicht aller Geschenke, die ich 2010 machtehier entlang (Link)!]

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die zehn Bücher, die ich am häufigsten verschenke:

die zehn Filme / Serien, die ich gerne empfehle / verschenke:

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Buchtipps sind… sinnlos. In meinem privaten (Zuhause-)Freundeskreis jedenfalls:

Es fällt mir leichter (und wirkt weniger… übergriffig / aufdringlich), auf Amazon Marketplace zwei, drei gebrauchte Ausgaben zu kaufen und zu schenken, als Freunden mit Kaufempfehlungen in den Ohren zu liegen.

Sobald ich denke “Er/sie hätte Spaß, mit diesem Buch”, kaufe ich eine billige Ausgabe.

Hier: Die Bücher und DVDs, die ich 2011 verschenkt habe.

Blau markierte Titel kamen sehr gut an.

Rot markierte Titel kamen schlecht an.

Die Liste für 2010 ist hier (Link).

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Geschenke 2011:

Kinder:

mein Neffe, zum 2. Geburtstag und zu Weihnachten:

  • “Cube Book: Dream Cars” (Bildband, Link)
  • “Cube Book: Cars” (Bildband, Link)
  • “Cube Book: People” (Bildband, Link)
  • “Cube Book: The Earth” (Bildband, Link)
  • “Cube Book: Baby Animals” (Bildband, Link)
  • Eric Carle: “Mein allererstes Buch der…” (Farben, Wörter, Bewegungen)
  • “At the Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Shadow Book.” (Spielbuch, Link)
  • Frans Lanting: “Eye to Eye. Intimate Encounters with the Animal World” (Bildband, Link)

Sohn meiner besten Freunde, 3 / 4 Jahre alt:

  • Dr. Seuss / Felicitas Hoppe: “Grünes Ei mit Speck” (Bilderbuch, Link)
  • Album voller (nerdiger) Ausmal-Bilder (z.B. DAS hier, Link)

Tochter meiner besten Freunde, 9 Jahre alt:

  • Kiyohiko Azuma: “Yotsuba&!”, Band 4 bis 10 (Manga, Link)
  • Jeff Smith: “Bone” (Fantasy-Comic, Link)
  • “Scribblenauts” (DS-Spiel, Link)
  • E.B. White: “Wilbur & Charlotte” (Kinderbuch, Link)
  • Shannon Hale: “Anna fängt Feuer” (Fantasy-Jugendbuch, Link)
  • “Avatar: Herr der Elemente”, Episoden 1 bis 6 (DVD, Link)
  • “Nausicäa aus dem Tal der Winde” (DVD, Link)
  • “Ein Herz und eine Krone” (Hollyood-Klassiker, Link)
  • “Lady Oscar – die Rose von Versailles”, Staffel 1 (DVD, Link)

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Frauen:

meine Schwester – Schülerin, 18:

  • Sven Regener: “Neue Vahr Süd” (Roman, Link)
  • David Foster Wallace: “Schrecklich amüsant – aber in Zukunft ohne mich” (Essay, Link)
  • Gary Shteyngart: “Super Sad True Love Story” (Roman, Link)
  • Miriam Toews: “Ein komplizierter Akt der Liebe” (Roman, Link)
  • Kirsten Fuchs: “Die Titanic und Herr Berg” (Roman, Link)
  • Cormac McCarthy: “Die Straße” (Roman, Link)
  • Ethan Hawke: “Hin & weg” (Roman, Link)
  • Kevin Vennemann: “Nahe Jedenew” (Roman, Link)
  • Stewart O’Nan: “Halloween” (Roman, Link)
  • Lois Lowry: “The Giver” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Suzanne Collins: “The Hunger Games” (Jugendbuch, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Schmöker und weibliche Hauptfiguren:

  • Kathryn Stockett: “Gute Geister” (Roman, Link)
  • Howard Cruse: “Am Rande des Himmels” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • “Mad Men”, Staffel 2 (DVD, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Klassiker, Reisen und bürgerliche Figuren/Themen:

  • Saree Makdisi: “Palästina: Innenansichten einer Belagerung” (Sachbuch, Link)
  • Ayelet Waldman: “Böse Mütter” (Sachbuch, Link)
  • Tove Jansson: “Sommerbuch” (Roman, Link)
  • Wallace Stegner: “Zeit der Geborgenheit” (Roman, Link)
  • Jenny Erpenbeck: “Heimsuchung” (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Mangas und Surreales:

  • Kiyohiko Azuma: “Yotsuba&!”, Band 1 und 2 (Manga, Link)
  • Michael Chabon: “Die unglaublichen Abenteuer von Kavalier & Clay” (Roman, Link)

Pädagogin, 28 – mag Young Adult-Literatur und Schmöker:

  • Nadja Einzmann: “Dies und das und das” (lit. Portraits, Link)
  • Yasushi Inoue: “Meine Mutter” (Essay, Link)
  • Lois Lowry: “Hüter der Erinnerung” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Judy Blume: “Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • Kazuo Ishiguro: “Der Maler der fließenden Welt” (Roman, Link)
  • Isabell Allende: “Mein erfundenes Land” (Essay, Link)
  • A.S. King: “Please don’t hate me: Nichts ist wichtig, wenn man tot ist” (Jugendbuch, Link)

Journalistin, 28:

  • Annika Scheffel: “Ben” (Roman, Link. Kein “Geschenk”, sondern weitergegeben, weil ich es schlimm misslungen fand und keinen Wert auf das Buch lege.)
  • Fréderic Martel: “Mainstream. Wie funktioniert, was allen gefällt.” (Sachbuch, Link)

Bühnentechnikerin, 29:

Regisseurin / Theaterwissenschaftlerin, 29:

  • Joan Didion: “Das Jahr Magischen Denkens” (Essay, Link)
  • Susan J. Douglas: “Where the Girls are. Growing up Female with Mass Media” (Cultural Studies, Link)

entfernte Freundin / Angestellte, die kaum Romane liest; zur Hochzeit:

  • Ben Schott: “Schotts Sammelsurium: Sport, Spiel und Müßiggang” (Trivia, Link)
  • Ben Schott: “Schotts Sammelsurium: Essen und Trinken” (Trivia, Link)
  • Ben Schott: “Schotts Sammelsurium” (Trivia, Link)
  • Matthias Stolz: “Deutschlandkarte. 101 unbekannte Wahrheiten.” (Bildband, Link)
  • David McCandles: “Das BILDERbuch des nützlichen und unnützen Wissens” (Bildband, Link)

Hausfrau / Beamtin, 32:

  • “One Week” (DVD, Link)

Verkäuferin; Fan von (Mainstream-)Fantasy und Young-Adult-Literatur, 45:

  • Patricia Briggs: “Ruf des Mondes” (Fantasy, Link)
  • Sergej Lukianenko: “Wächter der Nacht” (Fantasy, Link)

Krankenschwester, Mitte 50:

  • Stewart O’Nan: “Das Glück der anderen” (Roman, Link)
  • Rick Moody: “Der Eissturm” (Roman, Link)

meine Mutter (ehem. Arzthelferin, Pflegedienstleiterin, Mitte 50):

  • Evan S. Connell: “Liebenswerte Mrs. Bridge” (Roman, Link; mehr hier: Link)
  • Richard Ford: “Unabhängigkeitstag” (Roman, Link)
  • Richard Yates: “Zeiten des Aufruhrs” (Roman, Link)
  • Stephen Chbosky: “Das also ist mein Leben” (Jugendbuch, Link)
  • “Mad Men”, Staffel 2 (DVD, Link)
  • …sowie verschiedene DVDs (vor allem Dramen, lange Liste hier, Link)

Krankenschwester, Mitte 60, mag Unterhaltungsliteratur und “Schicksale”:

  • Stewart O’Nan: “Alle, alle lieben dich” (Roman, Link)
  • Kevin Vennemann: “Nahe Jedenew” (Roman, Link)
  • Björn Kern: “Einmal noch Marseille” (Roman, Link)

(deutsche) Sprachlehrerin, wuchs in den 60ern in Santa Monica auf:

  •  Susan J. Douglas: “Where the Girls are. Growing up Female with Mass Media” (Cultural Studies, Link)

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Männer:

Mein Bruder – Mechatroniker, 25:

  • “Das verflixte siebte Jahr” (DVD, Link)
  • “Rachels Hochzeit” (DVD, Link)
  • “Scott Pilgrim gegen den Rest der Welt” (DVD, Link)

Ingenieur/Maschinenbauer, 27:

Programmierer, 28:

  • George R.R. Martin: “Die Herren von Winterfell” (Fantasy-Roman, Link)
  • Gary Shteyngart: “Super Sad True Love Story” (Roman, Link)
  • Tucker Shaw: “Everything I ate: A Year in the Life of my Mouth” (Bildband, Link)
  • Geoff Johns: “Green Lantern: Secret Origin” (Superhelden-Comic, Link)

Bankkaufmann, 30:

Second-Hand-Buch-Galore zum 30. Geburtstag:

  • Neil Gaiman: “American Gods” (Fantasy-Roman, Link)
  • Vladimir Kaminer: “Militärmusik” (Roman, Link)
  • Paul Auster: “Im Land der letzten Dinge” (Roman, Link)
  • John Updike: “Rabbit in Ruhe” (Roman, Link)
  • Richard Ford: “Unabhängigkeitstag” (Roman, Link)
  • Vladimir Nabokov: “Das Bastardzeichen” (Roman, Link)
  • Raymond Chandler: “Der lange Abschied” (Roman, Link)
  • Michael Chabon: “Die unglaublichen Abenteuer von Kavalier & Clay” (Roman, Link)
  • Truman Capote: “Kaltblütig” (Roman, Link)
  • Stewart O’Nan: “Das Glück der anderen” (Roman, Link)
  • Stewart O’Nan: “Die Speed-Queen” (Roman, Link)
  • Kolja Mensing: “Wie komme ich hier raus? Aufwachsen in der Provinz” (Essay, Link)
  • Frank Miller: “All-Star Batman & Robin” (Superhelden-Comic, Link)
  • Greg Rucka: “Batman: No Man’s Land” (Superhelden-Roman, Link)

…und: eine Runde billiger DVDs, um einen kurzen Krankenhausaufenthalt weniger langweilig zu machen:

  • “The Hurt Locker” (DVD, Link)
  • “The Cove” (DVD, Link)
  • “An Education” (DVD, Link)
  • “Before Sunset” (DVD, Link)
  • “Letters from Iwo Jima” (DVD, Link)
  • “Waltz with Bashir” (DVD, Link)
  • “Das verflixte siebte Jahr” (DVD, Link)

Künstler / Kurator, 31:

  • Jörn Morisse / Rasmus Engler: “Wovon lebst du eigentlich? Vom Überleben in prekären Zeiten” (Sachbuch, Link)
  • “Inside Job” (Doku, Link)

mein Vater, Mechatroniker, Mitte 50:

  • Inside Job (Doku, Link)
  • Tree of Life (Familienfilm, Link)

Grafiker, 59 – mag Südostasien und Oldtimer:

  • Naomi Klein: “Die Schock-Strategie” (Sachbuch, Link)
  • “Cube Book: Dream Cars” (Bildband, Link; wollte eine eigene Ausgabe, nachdem er die Bücher meines Neffen gesehen hatte)

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Geschenke für Paare / junge Eltern:

  • “Ugly Betty”, Staffel 1 (DVD, Link)
  • “Türkisch für Anfänger”, Staffel 1 bis 3 (DVD-Box, Link)
  • “Before Sunset” (DVD, Link)
  • “Ist das Leben nicht schön?” (DVD, Link)
  • “Vanilla Sky” (DVD, Link)
  • “Das verflixte siebte Jahr” (DVD, Link)

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Geschenke für Freunde aus Kanada / Toronto:

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(weibl.) Office Manager (…und großer Familienmensch), 27, zur Hochzeit:

  • Monika Maron: “Animal Triste” (Roman, engl. Ausg., Link)
  • Joan Didion: “The Year of Magical Thinking” (Essay, Link)
  • Yasushi Inoue: “Chronicle of my Mother” (Essay, Link)
  • Randy Pausch: “The Last Lecture” (Essay, Link)
  • Simone de Beauvoir: “She came to Stay” (Roman, Link)

Grafiker / Animator, 30:

  • Gabriel Bà, Fabio Moon: “Daytripper” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Alissa Torres: “American Widow” (Graphic Novel, Link; nicht zu empfehlen)
  • Marjane Satrapi: “Persepolis” (Graphic Novel, Link; nicht zu empfehlen)
  • Apostolos Doxiadis: “Logicomix” (Graphic Novel, Link; nicht zu empfehlen)
  • David Small: “Stitches” (Graphic Novel, Link)

PR-Frau, 30:

  • Alison Bechdel: Fun Home (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Suzanne Collins: “The Hunger Games” (Jugendbuch, Link)

Webcomic-Zeichnerin / Feministin, 31:

  • Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale: “Catwoman: When in Rome” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker: “Gotham Central, Vol 1.” (Graphic Novel, Link)

Bibliothekar (und Farmerssohn), Ende 30:

  • Josh Kilmer-Purcell: “The Bucolic Plague” (Essay/Memoir, Link)

Filmemacher / Aktivist, 60:

  • Judd Winick: “Pedro and me” (Graphic Novel, Link)
  • “Pedro” (Biopic/Drama, Link)

Pädagogin / Feminstin / Couchsurferin in spe, 60:

  • Anne Lamott: “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” (Essay, Link)

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