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Books - what are some lesser known book titles that you would suggest?

Asked by marissa (2664points) May 21st, 2008

I am looking for titles of books that you have read that you thought were really great, but may not have gotten much publicity, perhaps because it was self published or published by a smaller publishing company.

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skfinkel's avatar

Check out This is a wonderful small press of a friend of mine who publishes lovely and interesting books.

marissa's avatar

skfinkel, are there any specific titles that you would recommend? I just browsed some and there are several that sound very interesting.

mirza's avatar

Loser Goes First by Dan Kennedy – a short easy read – both funny and thoughtful at the same time. I read the entire book last week at Barnes and Nobles in about 4 hours

skfinkel's avatar

The Parnas, The Education of TC Mits, Homeric Moments, and Ovid are a few I have enjoyed.

marinelife's avatar

Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson is a book I enjoyed a lot. It separated fact from speculation and debunked wild conspiracy theories about Shakespeare and his plays all with wit and humor.

delirium's avatar

I am a fan of everything from Mary Roach.

Harp's avatar

(Hey Marissa, thanks for tipping us off to Fluther) I just finished a really fun book by a Canadian journalist who sets out to explore the whole spectrum of states of human consciousness. He treats it like a travel log, and writes about his own efforts to experience states like lucid deaming, hypnosis, plus lots of other backwaters of the mind. This is absolutely not some New Age shtick; this guy approaches it all with a great sense of humor and adventure. A great romp.

Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness Jeff Warren

shockvalue's avatar

“The Tiger Rising” – by Kate DiCamillo.

also, Miranda July’s new (2007) book is pretty rad: “No One Belongs Here More Than You”

marissa's avatar

Thanks for all the suggestions!

zahava85's avatar

Trilogy by Juliet Marillier. Not really unknown, but overlooked by a lot of people who ‘don’t like fantasy’ novels. It’s a take on old Irish folktales and the writing is beautiful.

Foolaholic's avatar

I don’t know how well known The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is. It’s the first love story that I’ve ever seriously picked up, but for a fantasy buff like me, it was the perfect mix of sci-fi and realism to create a really powerful story.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i’m not much into teenlit but i think some books written with a younger audience in mind shouldn’t be disregarded as garbage. there’s a book called weetzy bat by francesca lia block, and i read it forever ago, but it always stuck with me. also, the realm of possibility by david levithan. they’re not instant classics, they’re not challenging books, but the ideas they hold in them are pretty intense/a bit mind altering if you place those things aside.

LeotCol's avatar

The EarthSea Quartet by Ursela Le Guin

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