Sample Saturday – three memoirs from authors I love

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.

I’ll Have What She’s Having by Rebecca Harrington

Why I have it: Because of Penelope. And also because I can’t wait for Socialable.

Summary: Harrington follows the eating habits of celebrities – from Madonna’s ‘sea vegetables’ and Karl Lagerfeld’s Diet Coke obsession to Jackie Kennedy’s baked potato and Beluga caviar regimen – it’s diet journalism but better and funnier than US Weekly.  Of Gwyneth’s latest cookbook she says –

‘I was eager to try this diet for many reasons. I always think I have allergies to mysterious foods. Plus this is a diet written by a woman who almost convinced me to buy really expensive towels from the country of Turkey because they were more absorbent.’

I’m thinking: Yes, she’s funny.

Waterloo-City, City-Waterloo: The Waterloo and City Line by Leanne Shapton

Why I have it: Because Swimming Studies.

Summary: Shapton’s thoughts on travel, work and being a passenger on London Underground’s Waterloo and City line.

I’m thinking: No (the very short sample was a bit random but I did like the inclusion of her art).

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Why I have it: Because Commonwealth.

Summary: Patchett examines her deepest commitments – writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband.

I’m thinking: Maybe – I think I need to read more of her novels before reading her memoir.

5 responses

  1. The first should have ripe pickings, celebrity diets are insane! Ann Patchett is great but I can understand wanting to read more of her fiction first. The second one sounds meh even though I do enjoy a London story.

  2. I loved Patchett’s memoir and I don’t think you need to read more of her novels before diving in! They’re not super related.

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