Sample Saturday – three very different 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.

I Remain in Darkness by Annie Ernaux

Why I have it: Lizzy’s powerful review.

Summary: Ernaux describes her attempts first to help her mother recover from Alzheimer’s disease, and then to bear witness to the older woman’s gradual decline.

I’m thinking: Yes, even though it will make me cry.

My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss

Why I have it: Because I love her cookbook, Classic German Baking.

Summary: Luisa Weiss was working in New York when she decided to return to her childhood home in Berlin, and cook her way through her massive recipe collection.

I’m thinking: Yes – live my Berlin dreams vicariously (through cake).

I Choose Elena by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Why I have it: Because of Theresa’s review.

Summary: On track to be an Olympic gymnast, Osborne-Crowley was violently raped on a night out. The injuries she sustained that evening ended her gymnastics career, and eventually manifested in life-long chronic illnesses.

I’m thinking: Yes, although I’ll leave it a bit given that I’m still recovering from Know My Name.

9 responses

  1. Of these, My Berlin Kitchen has most appeal for me. Greed wins it seems. I’m not in the market for depressing reads at the moment when day-to-day life and news is unremittingly down-beat.

  2. Definitely to the Weiss, which I read recently for my foodie summer challenge and loved. I’ve also read the Ernaux, for last year’s Women in Translation Month. She does a good line in short, harrowing memoir/autofiction, but I haven’t warmed to her style.

  3. It’s been a mighty long time since I read a good foodie book. My Berlin Kitchen is definitely going on my TBR!

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