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

Underdog Literature March 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: RUTH OZEKI, „A Tale for the Time being“, 432 pages, March 2013.

02: CHRISTINE SNEED, „Little-known Facts“, 304 pages, January 2013.

03: PETE WENTZ, „Gray“, 240 pages, January 2013. [Memoir of the „Fall Out Boy“ singer… and „One Tree Hill“ guest star.]

04: TY BURR, „Gods like us: On Movie Stardom and modern Fame“, 448 pages, 2012. [Cultural Studies]

05: SONALI DERANIYAGALA, „Wave“, 274 pages, March 2013. [Memoir about the 2004 tsunami]

06: KENT HARUF, „Benediction“, 272 pages, February 2013.

07: KATE SOUTHWOOD, „Falling to Earth“, 272 pages, February 2013.

08: MAY SARTON, „As we are now“, 144 pages, 1973.

09: JOHN GLASSCO, „Memiors of Montparnasse“, 296 pages, 1970. [Memoir about Paris in 1928]

10: DON CARPENTER, „Hard Rain Falling“, 308 pages, 1966. [Noir / Thriller]

11: CHLOE HOOPER, „Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee“, 258 pages, 2008. [True Crime]

12: MICHAEL HAINEY, „After Visiting Friends“, 320 pages, February 2013. [Memoir]

13: ERNST-WILHELM HÄNDLER, „Der Überlebende“, 250 pages, 1992. [German, Sci-Fi / Philosophy, recommended by Thomas von Steinaecker]

14: DANIEL BROOK, „A History of Future Cities“, 352 pages, February 2013. [Cultural Studies, Architecture, Urban Planning]

15: VAHRAM MURATYAN, „Paris vs. New York“, 224 pages, 2011. [Cultural Studies, Graphic Design]

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

01: GERMAN KRATOCHWIL, „Scherbengericht“, 400 pages, 2006. [German / Austrian novel about expats in Patagonia; Perlentaucher]

02: MATTHEW QUICK, „The Silver Linings Playbook“, 289 pages, 2008.

03: CORY DOCTOROW, „Homeland“, 384 pages, 2013. [YA Sci-Fi: I’m a fan of Doctorow’s writing and activism, and I liked the first book of this series, „Little Brother“]

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

4 of 5 stars: T COOPER, „Real Man Adventures“, 272 pages, 2012. [Memoir / Cultural Studies about Female-to-Male transexuality. German edition here]

4 of 5 stars: MARIA DERMOUT, „The Ten Thousand Things“, 208 pages, 1955. [Dutch / Indonesian]

4 of 5 stars: ALEXANDER MAKSIK, „You deserve nothing“, 308 pages, 2011.

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