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Waterstone's has recently published a list of 30 books that, in their opinion, deserve more attention and to be, in their words, "rediscovered." Here's a link, but I'm just going to go ahead and copy the list here. I don't know the criteria; it could simply be what Waterstone's has too much of in stock.

Revenge Of The Lawn by Richard Brautigan
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
Death and The Penguin by Andrey Kurkov
The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies
The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry by BS Johnson
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Dry Bones by Richard Beard
Mirror Lake by Thomas Christopher Greene
Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
Journey By Moonlight by Antal Szerb
Too Loud A Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
Trip To The Stars by Nicholas Christopher
Daughter Of The Forest by Juliet Marillier
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Woman On The Edge Of Time by Marge Piercy
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
The Pursuit Of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman
Drama City by George Pelecanos
Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll
The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Ridley Walker by Russell Hoban
Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
Double by José Saramago
Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum
Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

I've read 2 of them (Slaughterhouse 5 and Drama City) and am currently reading a third (Perdido Street Station). Empire Falls has been on my to-read list for awhile now.

Thoughts on any of these?

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johnnyampersand
Apr. 26th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
Didn't Empire Falls win the Pulitzer Prize? I think they have an interesting definition of what needs to be "discovered." I think all those books have done pretty well for themselves.
thndrstd
Apr. 26th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not really sure about the criteria, and you're right, Empire Falls did win the Pulitzer.

Curious: What have you read off the list?
johnnyampersand
Apr. 26th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
I've read Slaughterhouse 5, Ella Minnow Pea (which is a real quick, fun book), Mists of Avalon, and some of the Dark is Rising books. I would have read the whole Dark is Rising series but, when I was a kid, the library only had a couple of them. I loved the ones I read. Thrilling fantasy stuff.

In addition to that, the Wooden Sea is currently sitting a few feet away from me, and is nearing the top of my To Read pile.

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