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.

Where the Hornbeam Grows by Beth Lynch

Why I have it: Spotted on Cathy’s #6degrees chain.

Summary: When Beth Lynch moved to Switzerland, she quickly realised that the sheer will to connect with people would not guarantee a happy relocation. Out of place and lonely, she knew that she could put down roots by gardening.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene

Why I have it: Read this article.

Summary: Two-year-old Greta Greene was sitting with her grandmother on a park bench in Manhattan when a brick crumbled from a windowsill overhead, striking her unconscious. Jayson Greene’s memoir begins with the anguish of his daughter’s trauma and the hours leading up to her death, and then describes how he managed life beyond the ordeal.

I’m thinking: Yes (getting the tissues ready).

Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

Why I have it: Came across it while compiling the 2019 List of Lists.

Summary: Violinist Jessica Hindman achieves her lifelong dream when she lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City. But the ensemble proves to be a sham – the group ‘performs’, but the microphones are never on and instead, the music blares from a CD. Hindman has crises of identity and disillusionment as she ‘plays’ for audiences who are unable to differentiate real from fake.

I’m thinking: Yes.

5 responses

  1. The Greene was my #3 nonfiction read of last year. I read the Lynch while traveling home via Switzerland last year and it was a perfect companion. I’m very interested in Sounds Like Titanic, too. 3 for 3 on these memoirs!

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