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.

The Time in Between by Nancy Tucker

Why I have it: Fairly sure Bookish Beck recommended it.

Summary: When Nancy Tucker was eight years old, her class had to write about what they wanted in life. She thought, and thought, and then, though she didn’t know why, she wrote: ‘I want to be thin.’ Over the next twelve years, she developed anorexia nervosa.

I’m thinking: Yes – excellent writing.

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Why I have it: Not sure.

Summary: Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling.

I’m thinking: No (wondering about parallels with Hunger).

Out of the Forest by Gregory Smith

Why I have it: Not sure.

Summary: For ten years a man calling himself Will Power lived in near-total isolation in northern New South Wales, foraging for food and occasionally trading for produce. He finally emerged from the forest, emaciated, and reclaimed his real name and life. Today, Dr Gregory Smith, who left school at fourteen, has a PhD and teaches at university.

I’m thinking: Maybe – sucked in by the amazing story.

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