Sample Saturday – three health-related memoirs

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Floating: A Life Regained by Joe Minihane

Why I have it: Because I like books about swimming.

Summary: Depressed and dissatisfied, Minihane discovered wild swimming and its restorative qualities.

I’m thinking: Yes. This won me – “Lido culture, so long something suppressed – pools filled with concrete and art deco gems left to rot and return to nature – was booming.”

Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness by Brigid Delaney

Why I have it: One of my Goodreads buddies loved it.

Summary: A kind of ‘Happiness Project‘ for health.

I’m thinking: Yes, and loved the bit about bullshit ‘detoxing’ –

“There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better.” So basically, if you have internal organs, you’re detoxing.

Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom’s, Which I Know Sounds Weird) by Michael Ian Black

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: Black’s memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his forties.

“…I don’t feel as if my life is more than halfway over. I feel exactly as I did ten or fifteen years ago. Yet somehow whole decades have elapsed in the time I’ve spent upgrading my iPhones through their various iterations.”

I’m thinking: Yes. It’s funny without being punch line after punch line.



One response

  1. Having hit my forties I can definitely relate to that last quote – where has the time gone?? And why does it insist on going even faster?

    I love “If you have internal organs you’re detoxing” 😀

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