Sample Saturday – the end of communism in Eastern Europe

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 came from this article (which I discovered via Book Jotter).

The Equestrienne by Ursula Kovalyk

Summary: 1984, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic – two girls found a successful trick riding team however the fall of the Iron Curtain and the subsequent arrival of capitalism threatens to destroy them.

I’m thinking: No – not mad on the writing style.

Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich

Summary: An oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia.

I’m thinking: No – reads too much like a history textbook.

Doom 94 by Jānis Joņevs

Summary: A Latvian (and Gen Z) coming-of-age story about a teen trying to find himself by exploring the rebellious subculture of metal.

I’m thinking: Maybe – like the style but the heavy metal angle is not my thing.

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