Sample Saturday – non-fiction picks

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.

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language by Emma Byrne

Why I have it: Listed at the beginning of the year.

Summary: The history of swearing; how it helps us deal with anxiety and pain; and why swearing can be good for you (the author makes a bloody strong case for being foulmouthed).

I’m thinking: No – feel like I got the gist from the introduction (although the bit about the use of fuck and shit as an indicator of whether a football team was winning or losing was interesting).

The Politics of Opera by Mitchell Cohen

Why I have it: Came across it in my opera travels.

Summary: A history of the entwined development of opera and politics.

I’m thinking: No – would like to think I’d have the stamina for this book but I’m also realistic.

Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Why I have it: Spotted on this list.

Summary: Ten reasons we’re wrong about the world and why things are better than we might think (basically we’re healthier, richer and safer than ever before).

I’m thinking: No – it’s a style thing.

9 responses

  1. Much as I’m heartened by the argument of the first one, being quite a sweary soul myself (I rein it in online 😉 ) I can imagine it would soon wear thin in a book. I could do with the last one right now, to help me cope with the daily news – Susan’s comment sums up the situation exactly!

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