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Best Books published by NYRB: New York Review of Books

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

all (re-)published by the New York Review of Books (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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Best Books of the 1980s

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Here are 20 books that caught my interest lately.

Off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention…

all published in the 1980s.

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01: BARRY HANNAH, „Ray“, 128 pages, 1980.

Ray

02: RICARDO PIGLIA, „Artificial Respiration“, 240 pages, 1980. [Argentina]

Artificial Respiration

03: ALAN PATON, „Ah, but your Land is beautiful“, 292 pages, 1981. [South Africa]

Ah But Your Land Is Beautiful (Vintage Classics)

04: AARTO PAASILINNA, „The Howling Miller“, 284 pages, 1981. [Finland]

The Howling Miller

05: BOHUMIL HRABAL, „Harlequin’s Millions“, 312 pages, 1981. [Czech Republic]

Harlequin's Millions: A Novel

06: TOBY OLSON, „Seaview“, 250 pages, 1982.

Seaview

07: HELEN HOOVEN SANTMYER, „And the Ladies of the Club“, 1176 pages, 1982.

...And Ladies of the Club

08: KERU MIYAMOTO, „Kinshu: Autumn Brocade“, 208 pages, 1982. [Japan]

Kinshu: Autumn Brocade

09: BILLY LEE BRAMMER, „The Gay Place“, 560 pages, 1983.

The Gay Place

10: BARRY HUGHART, „Bridge of Birds“, 271 pages, 1984. [Fantasy]

Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was

11: FERROL SAMS, „The Whisper of the River“, 544 pages, 1984.

The Whisper of the River

12: PRAMOEDYA ANANTA TOER, „Footsteps“, 480 pages, 1985. [Indonesia]

Footsteps

13: JUAN JOSÉ SAER, „The Sixty-Five Years of Washington“, 220 pages, 1985. [Argentina]

The Sixty-Five Years of Washington

14: JOAN SLONCZEWSKI, „A Door into Ocean“, 403 pages, 1986. [Sci-Fi]

A Door Into Ocean

15: JON HASSLER, „Grand Opening“, 336 pages, 1987.

Grand Opening

16: LANFORD WILSON, „Burn This“, 98 pages, 1987. [Drama / Stage]

Burn This

17: PENELOPE LIVELY, „Moon Tiger“, 224 pages, 1987.

Moon Tiger

18: JACKIE KAY, „Trumpet“, 278 pages, 1988.

Trumpet

19: GIACONDA BELLI, „The inhabited Woman“, 374 pages, 1988. [Nicaragua]

Bewohnte Frau

20: WALTER SATTERTHWAIT, „Miss Lizzie“, 332 pages, 1989.

Miss Lizzie

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Best Nonfiction Books 2014: New Essays, Memoirs, Recommendations

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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…

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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Best New Books – Spring 2014: New Novels & Recommendations

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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…

all published between January and June 2014.

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01: MAXWELL NEELY-COHEN, „Echo of the Boom“, 456 pages, April 2014.

Echo of the Boom

02: PETER MATTHIESSEN, „In Paradise“, 256 pages, January 2014.

In Paradise

03: SIRI HUSTVEDT, „The Blazing World“, 368 pages, March 2014.

The Blazing World

04: AARON THIER, „The Ghost Apple“, 304 pages, March 2014. [Satire]

The Ghost Apple

05: TED THOMPSON, „The Land of Steady Habits“, 272 pages, March 2014.

The Land of Steady Habits: A Novel

06: KEVIN BROCKMEIER, „A few Seconds of radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade“, 208 pages, January 2014. [Memoir / Coming-of-Age / Cultural Studies]

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

07: SHANE KUHN, „The Intern’s Handbook“, 288 pages, April 2014. [Corporate Satire / Thriller / Dystopia]

The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller

08: NNEDI OKARAFOR, „Lagoon“, 320 pages, April 2014. [Science Fiction; Nigeria]

Lagoon

09: ROBERT GLANCY, „Terms & Conditions“, 272 pages, February 2014 [Satire]

Terms & Conditions

10: LESLIE JAMISON, „The Empathy Exams“, 256 pages, April 2014. [personal Essays]

The Empathy Exams: Essays

11: NATALIE HAYNES, „The Amber Fury“, 307 pages, February 2014. [Mainstream / Suspense]

The Amber Fury

12: COURTNEY C. STEVENS, „Faking Normal“, 321 pages, February 2014. [Young Adult]

Faking Normal

13: ROBIN HERRERA, „Hope is a Ferris Wheel“, 272 pages, March 2014. [Young Adult]

Hope Is a Ferris Wheel

14: JOHN COREY WHALEY, „Noggin“,  356 pages, April 2014. [Young Adult Sci-Fi]

Noggin

15: STEWART FOSTER, „We used to be Kings“, 368 pages, January 2014. [Young Adult]

We Used to Be Kings

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

01: SUE MONK KIDD, „The Invention of Wings“, 373 pages, January 2014. [Mainstream / Historical Fiction]

The Invention of Wings

02: JENNIFER CLEMENT, „Prayers for the Stolen“, 224 pages, February 2014.

Prayers for the Stolen

03: WILLY VLAUTIN, „The Free“, 297 pages, January 2014.

The Free

04: GABRIELLE ZEVIN, „The Stories Life of A. J. Fikry“, 230 pages, March 2014. [Mainstream]

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

05: DANAH BOYD, „It’s complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens“, 296 pages, February 2014. [Sociology]

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

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