September : 2014 Underground Books

The overwhelming choice this month is Parade by Suichi Yoshida


Here are three choices of well reviewed books who did not receive a lot of publicity in 2014 :

The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol
Antopol was a National Book Award "5 Under 35" honoree, and for good reason. Her debut short story collection hones in on political dissidents, citizens estranged from their heritage, and other people who might be described as on the fringes of the societies they inhabit. Perhaps the best of the collection, "Minor Heroics" examines the hidden ambitions of two Israeli brothers.

Black Vodka by Deborah Levy
Levy is a former Booker Prize nominee, in spite of her peculiar stylistic choices. Her stories are quick, undulating and dreamlike. Fans of Lydia Davis might be better off picking up Black Vodka than Can't and Won't -- Levy seems more prone to imbuing her scenes with both momentum and insight. "Placing a Call," the most inventive of the collection, punctuates anxious memories from a failed relationship with jarring rings on a telephone

Parade by Shuichi Yoshida
A crew of students lazes around their stuffy, small apartment in the opening of this fast-paced literary thriller, which begins as a tense page-turner (the young
protagonists are disturbed by word of a violent attacker on the prowl nearby), but unfolds into an insightful look at city life and the ambitions, hopes and dreams often attached to it.

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    Everyone we are moving to the McDonald's next door! No space at coffee studio!

    September 29

  • Paul

    I'll need to miss this group. Hope you have a great discussion.

    September 27

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    Wow, these books sound great.

    August 20

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  • Theo E.

    All three sound good to me, but I think I am going to vote for Black Vodka. :)

    July 27

  • Paulette L.

    These sound great. Unfortunately, I'll be out of town at a book publishers trade show in Minneapolis. Is there a ring-leader of Northside Book Club that is interested in seeing my new novel as a possible selection sometime in the coming months? It's hardback now, and e-book, of course, but the paperback will be issued in March from Counterpoint. If someone wants to take a look, let me know.

    July 7

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