Sample Saturday – grief memoirs suggested by Higgins

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.

In her memoir, The Girls, Chloe Higgins references a number of grief memoirs. Some were familiar to me, others not.

Second Half First by Drusilla Modjeska

Summary: Modjeska looks back on the experiences that have shaped her writing, her reading and her life, including her time as a young newlywed living with her husband in Papua New Guinea; arriving as a single woman in Sydney in the 1970s and building close friendships with writers such as Helen Garner.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Wave: A Memoir of Life After the Tsunami by Sonali Deraniyagala

Summary: On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. She describes how she has learnt to live with the unbearable reminders of her loss and the need to keep her family, somehow, still alive within her.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Summary: Patti Smith  reflects on her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.

I’m thinking: No – I think it’s one for fans.

6 responses

    • I’ve read a handful of celebrity memoirs but my enjoyment/interest was based on how much of a fan I am (a couple stand out – Rob Lowe’s memoir about the eighties was so much fun to read, and I also loved Bruce Springsteen’s memoir).

  1. I don’t read memoirs in general, unless I’m really interested in the person. I do like the sound of the other two books, though – especially the Tsunami one! Did you ever read Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being? I loved it…

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