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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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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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Buchtipps 2011: meine Lieblingsbücher des Jahres

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Nur kurz, und nur als Mosaik:

The best books I’ve read in 2011.

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Underdog Literature, October 2011: 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: LINDSAY HUNTER, ‚Daddy’s‘, 224 pages, 2010.

02: AMY WALDMAN, ‚The Submission‘, 300 pages, 2011.

03: JOHN SAYLES, ‚A Moment in the Sun‘, 955 pages, 2011.

04: OLGA GRUSHIN, ‚The Dream Life of Sukhanov‘, 368 pages, 2005.

05: SALVADOR PLASCENCIA, ‚The People of Paper‘, 256 pages, 2005.

06: JOHN BARNES: ‚Tales from the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973‘, 496 pages, 2009.

07: RON CURRIE Jr., ‚Everything matters!‘, 320 pages, 2009.

08: MARTIN WILSON, ‚What they always tell us‘, 293 pages, 2008. [Young Adult]

09: WILKIE COLLINS, ‚The Woman in White‘, 672 pages, 1876. [Horror]

10: THOMAS SAVAGE, ‚The Power of the Dog‘, 304 pages, 1967.

11: JORIS-KARL HUYSMANS, ‚Against Nature‘, 288 pages, 1884.

12: JOHN EDWARD WILLIAMS, ‚Stoner‘, 278 pages, 1965.

13: WILLIAM BOYD, ‚Any Human Heart‘, 512 pages, 2002.

14: NICHOLAS MOSLEY, ‚Hopeful Monsters‘, 550 pages, 1990.

15: MARY GLADYS MEREDITH WEBB, ‚Precious Bane‘, 32o pages, 1924.

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

01: NANCY E. TURNER, ‚These is my Words‘, 384, 1998.

02: WENDELL BERRY, ‚Jayber Crow‘, 363 pages, 2000.

03: NANCY WERLIN, ‚The Rules of Survival‘, 272 pages, 2006. [Young Adult]

04: HERTA MÜLLER, ‚Der König verneigt sich und tötet‘, 203 pages, 2003. [German, title of the translation: ‚The King bows and kills‘]

05: GAIL TSUKIYAMA, ‚The Samurai’s Garden‘, 211 pages, 1994.

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

1: 5 of 5 stars: TOVE JANSSON, ‚Summer Book‘, 160 pages, 1972.

2: 5 of 5 stars [a little slow and not for everyone – but an excellent portrait]: WALLACE STEGNER, ‚Crossing to Safety‘, 368 pages, 1987.

3: 4 of 5 stars: JEAN KWOK, ‚Girl in Translation‘, 293 pages, 2010.

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