The Best Unsung Books of 2007

Mark Sarvas and Laura Miller recommend the best works to be overlooked this year.
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2007 11:07 AM CST
Julio Cortazar's - Autonauts of the Cosmoroute
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(Newser) – Looking for a read off the beaten path? NPR asks two literary bloggers—Laura Miller of Salon and Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation—for the best works, fictional or factual, that were overlooked by mainstream book-review sections in 2007.

  • The Farther Shore, by Matthew Eck: "A new kind of military novel"
  • Autonauts of the Cosmoroute: A Timeless Voyage from Paris to Marseille, by Julio Cortazar and Carol Dunlop: The last work of the legendary Argentine experimental novelist

  • Zeroville, by Steve Erickson: "Dip your toes into the avant-garde," with this story of a film buff in Easy Rider-era Hollywood
  • The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved, by Judith Freeman: Explores the master of the hard-boiled detective novel's enigmatic marriage to an older woman
  • The Winds of Marble Arch, by Connie Willis: An unconventional sci-fi writer tackles the topics and techniques of literary short fiction
  • The Far Traveler, by Nancy Marie Brown: The true story of a Viking explorer to rival Leif Ericsson or Eric the Red—but who happened to be a woman