Sample Saturday – complicated parent relationships

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 came from this reading list about motherhood and parents.

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love by Nicci Gerrard

Summary: After her own father’s death from dementia, author Nicci Gerrard set out to explore the illness that now touches millions of us, yet which we still struggle to speak about. What does dementia mean, for those who live with it, and those who care for them?

I used to say that we are made of our memories, but what happens when memories are lost?

I’m thinking: Yes.

When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back by Naja Marie Aidt

Summary: In 2015, Aidt’s 25-year-old son, Carl, died in a tragic accident. Her memoir is an attempt to formulate a vocabulary to express the deepest kind of pain, and articulates her greatest fear: to forget.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Things Nobody Knows But Me by Amra Pajalić

Summary: When she is four years old Amra Pajalić realises that her mother is different. Fatima is loving but sometimes hears strange voices that tell her to do bizarre things. It is not until she is sixteen that Amra learns the name for the malady that has dogged her mother and affected her own life: bipolar disorder.

I’m thinking: Maybe.

8 responses

  1. It doesn’t look like you’re going to chip away any of these this time…
    You know, one of the things I like about your Sample Saturdays is that it’s a lesson to all of us about impulse buying (which is one of my worst sins). The Kindle makes it so easy: I never use it for Australian books, but sometimes I rush in when an international title takes my fancy. But I usually buy the book instead of just getting a sample. I might make a NY Resolution this year to buy samples only in future!

  2. I’m tracking with you on all these. I suspect my mum has first signs of dementia – very mild as yet but would still be good to read the Gerrard book to help my understanding

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