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10 Best Odd Ball Books: 12/28/10
These are my ten favorite odd ball fiction books. Some of them are tween books and some of them are adult books. All of them share memorable characters and stories that refuse to be categorized. I suppose they could be called "literary fiction" but it's their odd-ballness, rather than their literary merrits that earns them a spot on this list.
As with my other lists they weren't published this year but they are readily available. I found most of the copies via my local public library.
10. Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood (1987)
9. Bird by Rita Murphy (2008)
8. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker (2009)
7. Receive Me Falling by Erika Robuck (2009)
6. Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett (2008)
5. My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath (2008)
4. Keys to the City by Joel Kostman (1997)
3. Swim to Me by Betsy Carter (2007)
2. The Woman Who Wouldn't by Gene Wilder (2008)
1. Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin (2001)
Comment #1: Wednesday, December, 29, 2010 at 22:50:30
I loved that tiffany baker novel!
I could read only 96 books. But that's ok. I was in a reading slump for more than four months.
Comment #2: Monday, January 3, 2010 at 21:49:25
I had a year where I only read twenty-two books. Happy New Year.
Comment #3: Wednesday, December, 29, 2010 at 23:40:11
What an interesting list! I read Bird last year and loved it. Ann Hood is such a great writer. I haven't read this book but read her memoir, Comfort. Thanks for sharing your list with us!
Comment #4: Monday, January 3, 2010 at 21:53:14
There's an interview that I linked to where she explains how she wrote the novel as part of the grieving process.
Comment #5: Thursday, January, 6, 2011 at 09:50:03
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County is the only one on your list that I've read. Definitely a great pick for the "odd ball" category.
Comment #6: Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 15:58:59
Thanks! Maybe you'll get a chance to read others on the list. Happy New Year.