Sample Saturday – a memoir, a cure, and a tycoon

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.


10 responses

  1. I thought Hillbilly Elegy spread the idea that Americans need only to pick themselves up by their bootstraps. He doesn’t even explain how he got into Harvard or why he wanted to be a lawyer. There’s a weird gap in the timeline.

  2. Thank you so much for the shout-out! I hope you like the book. It will definitely give you perspective on how America got where it is right now.

    Adding The Reading Cure to my TBR!

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