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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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Summer Reading List – 29 good… and 29 *great* books

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My reading list, this summer?

Here are 29 books… that I suspect to be pretty good.

And another 29 books… that I suspect to be great.

Update, spring 2013: I managed to read a good number of the books. See the orange text for my ratings!

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Good books…

01: JAMES FREY, „Bright shiny Morning“, 501 pages, 2008.

02: ALICIA ERIAN, „Towelhead“, 336 pages, 2006.

03: LYNN COADY, „The Antagonist“, 352 pages, 2001.

04: SAPPHIRE, „Push“, 179 pages, 1996.

05: HOWARD ZINN, „You can’t be neutral on a moving Train“, 224 pages, 1994.

07: CHRISTIE HODGEN, ‘Elegies for the Brokenhearted’, 256 pages, 2010.

08: DODIE SMITH, ‘I capture the Castle’, 352 pages, 1948. [Coming of Age]

09: JOHN B. THOMPSON, ‘Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the 21st Century’, 440 pages, 2010. [Cultural Studies / Nonfiction]

10: JERRY MANDER, ‘Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television’, 376 pages, 1978 [Essay]

11: RUSSELL BANKS, ‘Affliction’, 368 pages, 1989.

12: LAWRENCE DURRELL: ‘The Alexandria Quartet’, 884 pages, 1957.

13: SUZETTE MAYR, ‘Monoceros’, 280 pages, 2011.

14: AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”, 240 pages, 2005.

15: JOHAN HARSTAD, “Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the Confusion?”, 478 pages, 2005. [Young Adult, Norway] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

16: CATHERINE CHUNG, “Forgotten Country”, 304 pages, 2012.

17: CHARLOTTE ROGAN, “The Lifeboat”, 275 pages, 2012.

18: EDMUND WHITE, “Jack Holmes and his Friend”, 392 pages, 2012.

19: MARK OLIVER EVERETT, „Things the Grandchildren should know“, 256 pages, 2007. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

20: NICK ANTOSCA, „Fires“, 194 pages, 2006.

21: AMY WALDMAN, „The Submission“, 300 pages, 2011. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

22: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN, „Tales of the City“, 296 pages, 1978.

23: MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, „Only Forward“, 310 pages, 1994.

24: KIRSTEN D. RANDLE, „The only Alien on the Planet“, 228 pages, 1995. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

25: TONY EARLEY, „The Blue Star“, 304 pages, 2008.

26: JOSE MANUEL PRIETO, „Rex“, 336 pages, 2009.

27: GARTH STEIN, „The Art of Racing in the Rain“, 321 pages, 2008.

28: DIETMAR DATH, „Für immer in Honig“, 1035 pages, 2005 [German].

28: WALTER TEVIS, „The Queen’s Gambit“, 183 pages, 1983.

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Great books…!

01: JESSE BROWNER, „Everything happens today“, 224 pages, 2011.

02: SLOAN WILSON, „The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit“, 288 pages, 1954.

03: CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH, „The Rules of Inheritance“, 304 pages, 2012.

04: LIZ MOORE, „Heft“, 352 pages, 2012. 2 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

05: EOWYN IVEY, „The Snow Child“, 352 pages, 2012.

06: ANDERS NILSEN, „Don’t go where I can’t follow“, 244, 2007. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

07: ADAM LEVIN, ‘The Instructions’, 1030 pages, 2010

08: JAMES SALTER, ‘Light Years’, 308 pages, 1975.

09: DAVID MARKSON, ‘The Last Novel’, 220 pages, 2007. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

10: DOROTHY BAKER, ‘Cassandra at the Wedding’, 256 pages, 1962.

11: TIM WISE, „White like me. Reflections on Race from a privileged Son“, 250 pages, 2004.

12: JOACHIM MEYERHOFF, „Alle Toten fliegen hoch“, 319 pages, 2011.

13: JEANETTE WINTERSON, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”, 256 pages, 2011. [Memoir]

14: ISMET PRCIC, “Shards”, 400 pages, 2011. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

15: GUY DELISLE, “Jerusalem”, 334 pages, 2011. [Graphic Novel; nonfiction] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

16: WILLIAM MAXWELL, “The Folded Leaf”, 289 pages, 1945.

17: ERIC WALTERS, “Safe as Houses”, 160 pages, 2007. [Young Adult] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended for younger readers.

18: SHARON M. DRAPER, “Out of my Mind”, 295 pages, 2010. [Young Adult] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

19: ALISON BECHDEL, “Are you my Mother?”, 224 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel / Memoir]

20: PATRICK DeWITT, “The Sisters Brothers”, 352 pages, 2011.

21: DOROTHY CANFIELD-FISHER, “The Home-Maker”, 320 pages, 1924.

22: C.D. PAYNE, “Youth in Revolt”, 499 pages, 1995. [Young Adult]

23: KAUI HART HEMMINGS, “The Descendants”, 283 pages, 2007.

24: E.L. DOCTOROW, „The Book of Daniel“, 320 pages, 1971.

25: ROBERT BOSWELL, „Century’s Son“, 320 pages, 2002.

26: ANDRE DUBUS, „Selected Stories“, 496 pages, 1988.

27: TOVE JANSSON, „Fair Play“, 179 pages, 1989. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended. But her „Summer Book“ is even better.

28: FRANCIS SPUFFORD, „Red Plenty“, 448 pages, 2007.

29: JUNICHIRO TANIZAKI, „The Makiota Sisters“, 544 pages, 1946.

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Underdog Literature, January 2012: 15 fresh or amazing, 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: MATTHEW NORMAN, ‚Domestic Violets‘, 352 pages, 2011.

02: PIERS BRENDON, „The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s“, 848 pages, 2000. [History]

03: JEANETTE WINTERSON, „Why be happy when you could be normal?“, 256 pages, 2011. [Memoir]

04: JORDAN ROSENFELD, „Make a Scene: Crafting a powerful Story one Scene at a Time“, 272 pages, 2007. [Creative Writing]

05: CAROLE MASO, „The Art Lover“, 176 pages, 1990.

06: JANE GARDAM, „Old Filth“, 289 pages, 2004.

07: BRIAN FARREY, ‚With or without you‘, 368 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

08: ANDREW SMITH, ‚Stick‘, 292 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

09: SUZETTE MAYR, ‚Monoceros‘, 280 pages, 2011.

10: ALEXANDER MAKSIK, „You deserve nothing“, 323 pages, 2011.

11: CAROLINE PRESTON, „The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt“, 240 pages, 2011.

12: ANNA FUNDER, „All that I am“, 370 pages, 2011.

13: MICHAEL LESY, „Wisconsin Death Trip“, 261 pages, 1973. [Art / Photography.]

14: ALAN FLETCHER, „The Art of Looking Sideways“, 534 pages, 2001. [Art / Design / Neurology / Cultural Studies.]

15: EDEN ROBINSON, „Monkey Beach“, 384 pages, 1999.

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

01: MARILYN FRENCH, „The Women’s Room“, 544 pages, 1977.

02: HANS FALLADA, „Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt“, [German pre-WW2 classic], 584 pages, 1934.

03: TUCKER SHAW, „Everything I ate: A Year in the History of my Mouth“, 496 pages, 2005.

04: NAOMI KLEIN, „The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism“, 588 pages, 2007.

05: DOUGLAS KENNEDY, „The Pursuit of Happiness“, 656 pages, 2001.

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

1: 4 of 5 stars: W.G. SEBALD, „Die Ausgewanderten“ [US: „The Emigrants“], 354 pages, 1996.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JERRY SPINELLI, „Milkweed“, YA Holocaust Novel, 208 pages, 2003.

3: 4 of 5 stars: ELIZABETH McCRACKEN, „An exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination“, Memoir, 192 pages, 2008.

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