Sample Saturday – nonfiction picks

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. This week, three nonfiction titles I’ve had for so long, I’m not sure who recommended them.

We Are Here by Fiona Harari

Summary: After WWII, Australia became home to one of the world’s highest per capita communities of Holocaust survivors. This book chronicles the stories of some of those people.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Randolph Nesse

Summary: Nesse examines why natural selection has left us with fragile minds, and shows how negative emotions are useful in certain situations, yet can become overwhelming.

I’m thinking: No – not new ground for me.

Mama’s Last Hug by Frans de Waal

Summary: An examination of the emotional lives of animals, beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee. Her story shows that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, fear, shame, joy, disgust, and empathy.

I’m thinking: No – interesting but not sure I want 350 pages on the subject.

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