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.

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.

8 responses

  1. I’ve just bought a second copy of Nigel Slater’s Real Fast Food as the first one fell apart! Toast is a great foodie read and such a poignant account of Slater’s childhood. Throughly recommend it.

  2. Ok, I definitely have to start downloading the free samples before buying books. That seems like such a no-brainer and yet for some reason I tend to only read reviews before deciding. Toast sounds fantastic, I’m going through a foodie memoir phase at the moment, will definitely be trying that one.

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