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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, 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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