Sample Saturday – a town, a school, and a summer

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.

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

Why I have it: Seems like a ‘classic’ I’ve missed.

Summary: The passions, lies and cruelties that simmer beneath the surface of a postcard-perfect town.

I’m thinking: Maybe… the sample was an introduction to the edition.

The Hive by Gill Hornby

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: There’s only room for one Queen Bee – what goes on in the social world of school mothers when alliances shift.

I’m thinking: No. I’m over mum-lit.

One Summer by Bill Bryson

Why I have it: I’ve always enjoyed Bryson’s books and it’s been ages since I read one.

Summary: The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth, Herbert Hoover, Al Capone, and Al Jolson also made history.

I’m thinking: Maybe – I’m sensing a lot of aviation history…

 

9 responses

  1. I’ve read another of Gill Hornby’s novels – the recent one about Jane Austen and her sister. She’s a local author to me and I was meant to go see her speak about the local connections last month, alas!

    I generally love Bryson, but I gave that one a miss after trying a chapter; I’m just not keen enough on the history. Whereas I’m interested enough in science and medicine to read his books on those topics.

  2. I read Peyton Place when I snuck it off my mum’s bookshelf as a young teen. It was deliciously naughty but I remember very little else about it. Might be fun to read again one day. It was banned for a while, so it might fill your banned book box, if you play those bingo cards.

    The other 2 I do not know much about. My former boss loved One Summer

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