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‘B-Side Books’ adds to your must-read stack with the best books you’ve never heard of

Now compiled in a collection edited by John Plotz, “B-Side Books” delves into 40 works from a variety of times, locations and degrees of obscurity. The oldest is the 14th century’s “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” which will be getting a big-screen adaptation this summer, making it much less under-recognized. The newest is “All Aunt Hagar’s Children,” by Edward P. Jones, which was widely praised by critics when it was published in 2006 but “deserve[s] a wider audience,” according to Elizabeth Graver. Jones’s short stories, she writes, “remind us — so gently it is easy to overlook their underlying ferocity — that we are all just tiny figures inside the sweep of an often violent history.”

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/b-side-books-review/2021/06/10/07a3aedc-c927-11eb-a11b-6c6191ccd599_story.html

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