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.
Everything Happens For a Reason by Kate Bowler
Why I have it: It appeared on Bookish Beck’s Best Nonfiction books for 2018.
Summary: Kate Bowler, professor at the school of divinity at Duke, and a new mother, discovers she has Stage IV colon cancer.
I’m thinking: No – the emphasis on the religious elements were a bit too much for me.
Toast by Nigel Slater
Why I have it: Discovered when I was reading lots of foodie fiction/ foodie memoirs.
Summary: Slater takes us on a tour of the contents of his family’s pantry when he was growing up in 1960s suburban England. Expect tales of rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, and bourbon biscuits.
It’s impossible not to love someone who makes toast for you.
I’m thinking: Yes – it’s been awhile since I read a foodie memoir.
Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas
Why I have it: Ditto for Toast.
Summary: Part love letter to New York, part love letter to Paris, and total devotion to all things sweet, Thomas writes about her time in these cities (while eating cake).
I’m thinking: No – a bit overdone with the pastry and bonbon references.