Sample Saturday – swimming, Wallis, and brushes with death

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 were included in Six Degrees chains.

Find a Way by Diana Nyad

Why I have it: Liz at Leaping Life alerted me to it (because I love swimming stories).

Summary: At age sixty-four, Diana Nyad swam 111 miles, from Cuba to Florida, in a feat of both endurance and will. She carried with her three important messages – never, ever give up; you’re never too old to chase your dreams; and that swimming looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.

I’m thinking: Maybe (wondering if it will be too ‘procedural’ in terms of the specifics of the swim).

Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anna Pasternak

Why I have it: Spotted at What Cathy Read Next.

Summary: Was Wallis the victim of the abdication, not the villain? Warm, well-mannered, and witty, Wallis was flattered by Prince Edward’s attention, but like everyone else, she never expected his infatuation to last. She never anticipated his jealous, possessive nature—and his absolute refusal to let her go.

I’m thinking: Yes.

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Why I have it: Spotted at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog.

Summary: We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. In this memoir, O’Farrell shares the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life.

I’m thinking: Yes.

8 responses

  1. My mother in law gave me a book about Wallis Simpson called The Other Woman or some such awful title – jeez it was MEAN and WACKY – it was all about how she apparently learnt amazing sexual skills in Japan that enabled her to entice the King from the throne – super bizarre! It’s good to hear there’s a more sympathetic version of history out there!

    • It seems the premise of this one is that Wallis was used as a scapegoat by the political powers that didn’t want Edward there. Think I’d rather read about that than sexual skills learnt while holidaying in Japan…

    • I’ve only read one or two of her other books and while I enjoyed them, they weren’t five stars – it seems though, that this book is rated very, very highly by all sorts of readers.

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