Sample Saturday – war trials, a walk, and the internet

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 German House by Annette Hess

Why I have it: Spotted on Susan’s December releases list.

Summary: For 24-year-old Eva Bruhns, World War II is a foggy childhood memory. When she begins working as a translator for a war crimes trial, she questions her family’s silence on the war.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Why I have it: Heard the author speak at the 2019 Broadside Festival.

Summary: A collection of essays exploring the self-delusion that exists in our lives (including that fuelled by the internet and social media).  

I’m thinking: Yes.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Why I have it: Spotted at Booker Talk.

Summary: Within days, Raynor and Moth’s lives collapse – Moth is diagnosed with terminal cancer and their home is repossessed. They impulsively decide to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset.

I’m thinking: Yes.


11 responses

  1. Your summary of The German House makes me think of the fights we had in our family about my opposition to the Vietnam War. Eva, to remember the War as a child will be more my mother’s age, but I wonder now what thunderbolts young German radicals tossed at their parents for their complicity in Hitler’s war.

  2. The Salt Path was an amazing book. I have started the German House. Both deserve a big Yes. Will investigate the other mentioned. Reading as fast and I can but not so fast as to not enjoy! I look forward to Sample Saturday. Thanks.

  3. I haven’t read The Salt Path but a recent readers group meeting two fellow readers had a really heated debate about it. One had loved it and the other had really disliked it. Do keep it, so that I can finally come to a decision as to whether to read it or not.

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