Bellow’s book is “an exuberant tale of success and failure,” a “classic story of the writer’s life in America.” The cover also has a guy with a bottle and someone doing a headstand on it. Would probably put Sufjan Stevens’ “Saul Bellow” in my head near-constantly.
Hartley writes about his experiences in Iraq, and teaches–not in this book, but in the three-dimensional world–room-clearing techniques to the people who rehearse in my living room.
The three pages of LeGuin I looked at do not cohere, but science fiction-y proper nouns are in evidence on 1.5 of them, and I’d anticipate a trip. (Recommended by a character in “The Jane Austen Book Club”!)
Namjoshi’s protagonist, who also seems to be called Suniti, talks to a cow and goes to a lesbian bar. Short book.