It’s easy to find out about the books that are well-known and well-loved by many, but it can be more challenging to find a book that is fantastic, that isn’t being read by everyone, and that won’t automatically be turned into a movie. We’ve decided to help you out in your search for lesser known books and have put together this list of ten of our favorite books that no one else has heard of.
Leaping: Revelations and Epiphanies by Brian Doyle: A collection of direct and honest essays about finding miracles and seeing beauty significance in the mundane and ordinary things of life.
Unfinished Message by Toshio Mori: Toshio’s well-crafted and accessible essays celebrate the Japanese American community he was part of and go beyond to delve into human conditions that are common to all.
They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell: This devastating and tragic story of one family’s experiences during the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918 is told from the different perspectives of two brothers and their father as they learn to deal with grief and loss..
The World to Come by Dara Horn: Having stolen a million-dollar Marc Chagall masterpiece, thirty-year-old quiz-show writer Benjamin Ziskind and his twin sister work to evade the police and evaluate the eighty-year-old link between their family and the famous painting.
About Alice by Calvin Trillin: A remarkably moving and memorable tribute to Alice Trillin, who figured prominently and indelibly in Calvin Trillin’s books, and in his life. Alice was a beautiful, brilliant, and beloved wife who died too soon.This persuasive and poignant portrait, which is not about grief, is a celebration of a rewarding and remunerative life.
Plainsong by Kent Haruf: From the unsettled lives of a small-town teacher struggling to raise two boys alone in the face of their mother’s retreat from life, a pregnant teenage girl with nowhere to go, and two elderly bachelor farmers emerges a new vision of life and family as their diverse destinies intertwine.
All the Little Live Things by Wallace Stegner: A beautifully written story of Joe and Ruth Allston after they’ve retreated to the California coast to try and make sense of the senseless death of their son. Their new home may look like Eden, but the Allston’s are quick to discover that there are dangers lurking under the surface that will change the way they view the world.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork: Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson: Reverend John Ames knows he is dying, and Gilead is written as a letter to his six year old son, a boy Ames realizes will never otherwise have any real record of his father. Writing in 1956 from his lifelong home of Gilead, Iowa, Ames’ story includes two world wars, the Great Depression, the death of his first wife and child, and his attempts to create a meaningful life through his writing (mostly of sermons). Ames offers his son his true legacy; a family heritage that confronts the most complex aspects of a century of American religious life.
The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess: Overpopulation has created strict policies on family limitations; only one child is allowed per family and alternative lifestyles are highly encouraged by government officials. When food scarcities become a way of life society crumbles into cannibalistic dining clubs, extravagant fertility rituals, and civilized mock wars. Burgess offers an unusual take on dystopian society running amok.