Sample Saturday – three 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.

A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell

Why I have it: Well… I liked the tv series about his childhood…

Summary: During Durrell’s third trip to the British Cameroons in West Africa, he and his wife capture animals to start their own zoo. Really.

I’m thinking: Yes (because as an Australian, the thought of putting anything alive in your suitcase is outrageous).

Vactionland by John Hodgman

Why I have it: Because I love the subtitle – ‘True Stories from Painful Beaches’. And that cover is gorgeous.

Summary: Older-white-male-angst and associated travel memories. I think.

I’m thinking: Despite the ace subtitle and the excellent opening gambit on moustaches… No.

Love Life by Rob Lowe

Why I have it: Because I loved Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

Summary: More stories, this time about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.

I’m thinking: Maybe (but will wait until the read-by-Rob audio version is out).

4 responses

  1. For some reason I thought Rob Lowe looked like a surgeon on that cover and I was expecting Love Life to be about near death experiences on the operating table or something! I genuinely thought ‘That medic’s good looking, he looks like Rob Lowe’ 😀

  2. I’ve read 10 Durrells but not that one. The animal collecting books are all enjoyable. His memoirs of childhood are the best, though, starting with My Family and Other Animals.

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