Sample Saturday – three new(ish) 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.

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Why I have it: Ear-marked at the beginning of the year.

Summary: At the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener left book publishing for a job at a startup in Silicon Valley – it was a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination and glory.

I’m thinking: Yes, a different kind of memoir.

Finding Chika by Mitch Albom

Why I have it: Not sure.

Summary: Mitch and his wife adopted Chika from a Haitian orphanage after the earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010, knowing she had been diagnosed with an incurable condition. The memoir describes their two years with Chika.

I’m thinking: No. I’m sure this is beautifully written but I’m not adding a story about the death of a child to the reading stack at the moment.

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Why I have it: Made the Best of 2019 list.

Summary: Machado’s memoir about her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship.

I’m thinking: Yes.

11 responses

  1. In the Dream House is amazing!! I hadnt loved Machado’s short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, so I was hesitant about her memoir, but i loved it after i read it last year!

    also love the idea of going through samples of books youre interested in. when im adding a book to my TBR i always read the sample to see if it would be a book id like or not – you can tell so much about a book even from just a couple of lines 😊

  2. I just finished In the Dream House yesterday and it got a rare 5* from me. A real game-changer of a memoir, I think. I was impressed that people are still finding new things to do with the genre.

    • Five stars! I’ll have to put it to the top of the list! (although traditionally I wait until the end of the year before splurging on my selected samples…).

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