Sample Saturday – newish releases

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. As you can see this week, I have many weak spots…

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

Why I have it: Read this article (via Ellie).

Summary: We swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. We swim for pleasure, for exercise, for healing. But humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Tsui examines what it is about water – despite its dangers – that seduces us.

I’m thinking: Yes (books about swimming are my weak spot).

The Group by Lara Feigel

Why I have it: Spotted at A Life in Books.

Summary: The Group takes its cue from Mary McCarthy’s seminal novel about a group of female graduates. In Feigel’s version, she follows a group of female friends turning forty.

I’m thinking: Yes, eventually (stories about groups of friends are my weak spot)

Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin

Why I have it: Because her friend John Irving gave it a plug in a Facebook post.

Summary: Feron Hood and Merry Jellicoe met as unlikely roommates in 1958, and became fierce friends. Their friendship covered secrets and rivalries and, a decade after college, the women reunite.

I’m thinking: Yes (boarding schools are my weak spot).

17 responses

  1. I’ve read the Feigel and Tsui and would recommend them (my review of the former is coming up soon). I’ve read a couple of others by Godwin and wasn’t so keen, but the synopsis does sound appealing.

  2. Thanks for the link, Kate. I’ve since reviewed the Feigel which I’m glad I read but you might want to have another think. That said it sounds as if Rebecca enjoyed it more than I did. Tempted by the Godwin.

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