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. This week, all three books are titles from my ‘I’m waiting for…’ list.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
Summary: Sometimes the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Jamison examines her own and others’ stories within the context of the ‘recovery movement’.
I’m thinking: Yes – Jamison writes so well.
Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought by Lily Bailey
Summary: Convinced she was ‘bad’, Bailey was obsessed by thoughts that she had killed someone or spread untold disease. This is her exhausting, all-consuming story about life consumed by obsessive compulsive disorder.
I’m thinking: Yes – the opening chapter on imaginary friends is superb.
You All Grow Up and Leave Me by Piper Weiss
Summary: Piper Weiss was fourteen when her private tennis coach, Gary Wilensky, killed himself after a failed attempt to kidnap one of his teenage students. Piper had been thrilled to be one of “Gary’s Girls” but in the aftermath of his death, authorities discovered the extent of his predatory plans.
I’m thinking: Yes – a line in the preface stood out. Weiss writes that the memoir is based on interviews, written records and her own memory, “…which occupies the same organ responsible for emotional responses and intervention.” Interesting.