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Well-written memoirs and literary fiction, lesser-known classics, young adult fiction, 18th/19th century novels, historical fiction, literary biographies/histories, literary translations. I also enjoy nuanced political, philosophical or feminist writing - Rebecca Solnit and Naomi Klein are favourites. Best books I've read in '18: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes, All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan, Trainwreck by Sady Doyle, I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, Bleaker House by Nell Stevens, Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill.
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Didactic or religious books.
I've catalogued almost all the books I've read over the past 10 years or so and have rated most of them, if you need any extra help. Also, my wish list is still quite active!
holly_golightly's Secret Santa is SquireA. Help SquireA pick the right book.
linggeek: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa is a wonderful, compassionate literary translation. (Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:11:54 -0500)
xenophon: Alice Munro collected short stories or Anthony Powell’s ‘Dance to the Music of Time’ sequence (Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:45:17 -0500)
bluepiano: Member might like any of Diana Athill's well-written memoirs or, perhaps even more, her Instead of a Book (although it's a collection of letters rather than straightforward memoir). (Mon, 26 Nov 2018 09:32:39 -0500)
I wanted to get you two books, so played around with a few options for two books that added up to $20.
I've settled on 'How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed' by Slavenka Drakulic. I wanted to gift you this because I think it's kinda obscure but hope you'd like it. I noticed you've read some books about Soviet/Communist culture/life (I'm interested in it too), and think you'll appreciate the angle she comes from (feminist, but also critical of 'Western' feminists opinions about life for women under Communism). Personally, I didn't know quite what to expect starting this book, but ended up really liking it.
The second I got off your wishlist, Suite Francaise. Honestly, I had never heard of it before, but people rave about it online. Hopefully the translated angle works for you too.
For the second book I would have preferred to gift you Arcadia by Lauren Goff (it's on my wishlist too) or The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa as a translated novel (thanks to linggeek for suggesting it), but they were too expensive to give you with the Drakulic book :( (I wanted to give you at least one book you hopefully haven't heard about, I think the Drakulic book works for that). (Sun, 02 Dec 2018 23:48:01 -0500)
SquireA: Okay, so I double checked the prices today (last day) and the Drakulic went up by over a dollar, so the math didn't work anymore :(
I'm now gifting you Arcadia and The Travelling Cat Chronicles. Hopefully the prices will work out okay (is still close to the $20 limit 😅). I hope you like both :) (Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:17:40 -0500)
lorannen: Done. (Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:57:16 -0500)
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