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Member: RidgewayGirl

Book tastes

I like literary fiction, dark crime novels, especially when those novels have been written by someone outside of the mainstream; works in translation, by minority writers or from small publishers. I'm also interested in works by writers from the American South or Canada. If there is a book that you've loved, I'd like to read that, too. I'd like to be introduced to new authors. While noir and straight literary fiction are my favorite genres, if a book is well-written and innovative, I'm willing to read other genres. Every book I own or have read is in my LT catalog.

Don't get this!

Cozies, inspirational books or anything overtly heartwarming. My cold, hard heart just doesn't like 'em. Also avoid mainstream bestsellers.

Other notes

Take a chance. I've yet to be disappointed, and I have often been pleasantly surprised.


United States

Santa: Select books from Amazon.com

Store: Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com)

Amount to spend: $50.00 USD

ablachly's picks so far.

0811225941https://www.amazon.com/Go-Went-Gone-Jenny-Erpenbeck/dp/0811225941/Go, Went, Gone11.52
0385544235https://www.amazon.com/My-Sister-Serial-Killer-Novel/dp/0385544235/My Sister the Serial Killer15.28
1501140221https://www.amazon.com/House-Names-Novel-Colm-Toibin/dp/1501140221/House of Names11
1623650666https://www.amazon.com/Dinosaur-Feather-S-J-Gazan/dp/1623650666/The Dinosaur Feather13.36

Secret Santa

RidgewayGirl's Secret Santa is ablachly. Help ablachly pick the right book.


xenophon: Anthony Powell’s ‘A Dance To The Music of Time’, Cold Comfort Farm (Sun, 25 Nov 2018 22:22:29 -0500)

seongeona: The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan (Sissel-Jo Gazan) (Mon, 26 Nov 2018 01:20:58 -0500)

Cariola: Go, Went, Gone (Jenny Erpenbeck), Improvement (Joan Silber), House of Names (Colm Toibin), Wanting (Richard Flanagan). I checked her library and did not see any of these listed. (Tue, 27 Nov 2018 04:17:13 -0500)

ablachly: I'm going with a mix of suggestions from here, and some from my lovely coworkers (word of advice, if KJ recommends a book, they're right 90% of the time). Enjoy! (Fri, 30 Nov 2018 10:05:22 -0500)

ablachly: Other books that I couldn't make fit price wise, but you might want to check out include "Social Creature: A Novel" by Tara Isabella Burton and "The Third Hotel" by Laura Van den Berg. (Fri, 30 Nov 2018 10:06:20 -0500)

ablachly: (Loranne or whoever places the order, I know I'm over by a dollar. I hereby approve myself having done that.) (Fri, 30 Nov 2018 10:07:02 -0500)

ablachly: (Oh, another suggestion is M. L. Rio's If We Were Villians) (Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:01:42 -0500)

Cariola: Great choices, Abby, and quite the mix in genre, setting, and style. I'm especially glad that you chose 'Go, Went, Gone.' RidgewayGirl lived in Germany fairly recently, so I know she will relate to this one. (Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:48:27 -0500)

lorannen: Done. (Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:53:47 -0500)

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