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.
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Why I have it: Have seen so many glowing reviews but Catherine’s won me.
Summary: Growing up poor in America – part memoir, part historical and social analysis – and why the American dream is losing its appeal.
I’m thinking: Yes – instantly engaging.
The Reading Cure by Laura Freeman
Why I have it: Spotted on Bookish Beck.
Summary: Freeman was diagnosed with anorexia at age 14. She didn’t love food but she loved reading. A throwaway line in a book changed everything – ‘A good supper and strong tea restored their strength.’ Freeman discusses how literature restored her appetite.
I’m thinking: Yes. It’s about books. And food. And mental health. And it’s a memoir.
Painfully Rich by John Pearson
Why I have it: Inspired the Oscar nominated movie, All the Money in the World.
Summary: The story of the 20th century’s richest miser and what happened when his sixteen-year-old grandson was kidnapped (spoiler: Getty refused to pay the ransom).
I’m thinking: No – fairly sure the moral of the story is that money can’t buy you happiness or love.